December 8

Featuring: Book Reviews

After some serious thought and realizations, I realized that trying to maintain the number of blogs I have is going to get complicated.  Starting today, I will be reposting all of my reviews found at http://kayhynnturnsthepage.blogspot.com/ to here. I will also be posting addition book reviews and various news and such that I posted there to here instead.

I will post there when I post a new review here with a brief excerpt and a link back to here in order to make this blog a bit more active.  Not all of my posts will be ported over from there – just the reviews.  So if you’re interested in seeing what I posted previously, feel free to check it out.

To find all my reviews, check Kayhynn Turns the Page Book Reviews in the menu on the right.

November 19

Improper Word Usage: A Rant on “Apocalyptic”

reading-book-by-candlelightEvery so often, like today, I see something written that just makes me so annoyed I decide to vent on it.  Today’s vent is on the use of the word “apocalyptic” to describe weather events that are anything but apocalypic.

To understand the rant, let’s look at the definition of apocalyptic:

a·poc·a·lyp·tic
əˌpäkəˈliptik/
adjective
  1. describing or prophesying the complete destruction of the world.
    “the apocalyptic visions of ecologists”
    1. resembling the end of the world; momentous or catastrophic.
      “the struggle between the two countries is assuming apocalyptic proportions”
      synonyms: doomsday, doom-laden, ominous, portentous; More

    2. of or resembling the biblical Apocalypse.
      “apocalyptic imagery”

Pretty self explanatory. Something can be described as being apocalyptic if it is bringing about the complete and utter destruction of the world we live in.

A snow storm, no matter how much of epic proportions it is, is not apocalyptic.  Sure, it might be the end of some people’s worlds (you know, if they die during the snow storm because help couldn’t’ get to them or the snow storm caused something to collapse and kill them), but it is definitely NOT world ending.

Yet, that is how a time-lapse video posted over at MotherJones is described:

“The video below, from Buffalo-based producer Joseph DeBenedictis, shows yesterday’s apocalyptic storm sweeping across the city. The insane snowfall was brought on by something called the “lake effect,” which could grow more severe with global warming…”

Note the phrase I purposely bolded.  The storm was not apocalyptic.  It didn’t resemble the end of the world – it resembled six feet of snow.  Monumental, record-breaking, perhaps even extreme or deadly snow amounts could have been used instead of “apocalyptic storm”. There were many other word choices that could have been used that would have described the storm better than apocalyptic.

/endrant

November 1

Nov. 1 is here and NaNoWrimo is Upon Us

I mentioned this on one of the NaNoWrimo groups about how I plan to do counting for my novels, but decided to extend this even further.  To demonstrate, I have pictures.  Pictures are the awesome.

This is my day-planner for tracking writing.

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Nice and easy to put stickers/notes in.

2014-10-31 18.43.42Then I picked up some sparkly shiny stickers.  But instead of just one type of stickers, I got two types – stars and spearmints (see below).  What I plan to do is track not only work on my novel (and subsequently NaNo) with the sparkly stickers (on sticker is 1,000 words) but I also plan to track everything I write, like these blog posts and the other blog posts I got behind on the last couple of weeks and anything and everything else I write to see just how many words a day I churn out.  I realize I write way more than I write fiction and I think it’s only fair to track everything.  However, the stickers for the non-novel will be the spearmint shaped ones with small stickers being 1,000 words, big stickers being 5,000 words.  That will give me a better idea of how much I write all the time instead of just occassionally.  The book goes through July of next year, so it will be interesting to see where things lie by then.

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Oh!  And if you want to follow me

Now, off to write and perhaps get some word count for Nano in tonight.

October 24

Author/Writer/NaNo-er Twitter Follow Friday

twitterGood morning folks.  As promised I said I’d have three posts for people to promote themselves through.  First would be a blog post, second a Facebook page post and third a Twitter follow post.  This is the Twitter post.

This post is for your author/writer/Nano Twitter Account.  Please leave a link to your Twitter account in the comments for people to follow. Be sure to check back and follow other authors as they post their twitter links.

These same posts will be posted here as well, so be sure to post links to your blogs in both places as each has a different audience:  http://kayhynnturnsthepage.blogspot.com/

Good luck to everyone!

October 24

Author/Writer/NaNo-er Facebook Page Like Drive

facebook-likeGood morning folks.  As promised I said I’d have three posts for people to promote themselves through.  First would be a blog post, second a Facebook page post and third a Twitter follow post.  This is the Facebook post.

This post is for your author/writer/Nano Facebook Page.  Please leave a link to your Facebook page in the comments and be sure to check back and like the other pages posted as replies as well.

These same posts will be posted here as well, so be sure to post links to your blogs in both places as each has a different audience:  http://kayhynnturnsthepage.blogspot.com/

Good luck to everyone!

October 24

Author/Writer/Nano-ers Blog Connect

share_this_iconGood morning folks.  As promised I said I’d have three posts for people to promote themselves through.  First would be a blog post, second a Facebook page post and third a Twitter follow post.

This post is for your author/writer/Nano blog.  Please leave a link to your blog in the comments and be sure to check back and subscribe to the blogs posted as replies as well.  I, of course, would appreciate a follow/subscribe as well.

These same posts will be posted here as well, so be sure to post links to your blogs in both places as each has a different audience:  http://kayhynnturnsthepage.blogspot.com/

Good luck to everyone!

October 17

Today I learned…

poetry-in-motionThis all started last night when I was looking through my writings that were on a portable hard drive where i had backed up all of my previous writing excerpts from my old personal computer (which finally died in July after 9 years – thankful for that back up, let me tell you).

First of all, I learned that i had a whole slew of writings and book ideas in a folder that I completely forgot about.  Well, not completely forgotten about, I just forgot I had this many little tidbits socked away.

Then I found my poetry manuscript that I haven’t looked at or touched in at least 10 years, probably closer to 14 years.  I remember I assembled the collection together back around in 2000 and submitted to a few publishing places, but there weren’t many interested in publishing poetry anthologies as they weren’t profitable.

I would like to note, I still haven’t opened up said manuscript to look through it again – I didn’t have time last night and probably won’t till this weekend.  But it reminded me of a few things – most importantly that at least two, if not three, of these poems in the anthology have been published in the past.  That, in turn, reminded me how old I am and how long ago I submitted these for review and subsequent publication in anthologies – 17 years ago.

But, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the titles.  Being friends with my soccer coach and publisher of one of the anthologies from High School, I contacted him via Facebook and started discussing it.  He remembered the book, but the list of titles he gave me wasn’t one I recognized.  So I turned to Google which won the day along with the hometown newspaper, The Kerrville Daily Times, which has scanned and translated all the text from old newspapers into a searchable database online.

Finally, after searching for “Grace Hall” kerrville poetry I found what I was looking for.  The title to the anthology I, and several of my classmates, were published in.  I was also reminded of the fact that I did do poetry readings as well during that time (something I kinda forgot about).  Back on topic, the name of the anthology was “Long Before Tomorrow Becomes Today” in which three of my poems were published.  Two of those three were also published in an anthology by poetry.com.  Poetry.com has changed hands since then, but still has the submissions from back then, authors just have to register, search for them, and claim them – which was incredibly easy to do. So I claimed them.

Those two poems can be found here:

Which brings me back to the manuscript I found from so many years ago.  I needed to find out if I needed to get permission to republish my poems.  The answer ends up being no, both publishers had one time publishing rights which allows me to republish these poems at will.

So I’ve decided, now that I have found this, I’m going to self-publish this compilation of poetry as my first published work.  I will be re-editing my manuscript and then going from there with a target publish of mid-to-end-November.

Please keep an eye on this website for more information as I will advertise the book when it is available for purchase.  I am not positive of a print version yet, but it may be an eventuality too.  If you would like to leave feedback on this blog for the above two poems, you are welcomed to do so as well.  I will add them as teasers to the side bar later this weekend.

October 17

Articles I’ve Written This Past Week

writing-blank-pageOnce a week I will use this blog as a self promotion tool.  I write a lot of non-fiction, which makes me an author still, so I think it’s fair that I share the other projects I’ve written for once a week.

This past week’s articles include:

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October 15

Support Six Authors – Thunderclap Promotion for “Day of Fire: Novel of Pompeii”

a-day-of-fireOne of the authors I follow and am friends with, Stephanie Draven, is looking for folks to help get the Thunderclap moved forward for an upcoming novel.

“Day of Fire: Novel of Pompeii” is an anthology by six authors telling the “overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others’ path during Pompeii’s fiery end. But who will escape, and who will be buried for eternity?”

You can check out the preview and book description on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/A-Day-Fire-novel-Pompeii-ebook/dp/B00NI5CBXI And if you are so inclined, you can pre-order it to be delivered to your e-reader Nov. 4

To support the Thunderclap, click the link and use Facebook or Twitter to back it and promote it:  https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/17440-day-of-fire-novel-of-pompeii