Category Archives: Writing

How to procrastinate

I’ve used any of these tactics many times to avoid starting to write in the morning, including watching this video: Getting Started by Richard Condie, – NFB

I guess it’s a reminder of two things: if you don’t get started, you don’t get anywhere, and sometimes you might as well do something else (like going to Norbert’s) than sit around and be unproductive.

Thanks to Robert Runté for pointing me to the clip.

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Cover for Meter Destiny

Here it is, finally, and I must say it looks great. Meter Destiny, the third Jack Meter Case file, will be out in the next few days.

Having saved the universe twice in less than a year, Jack Meter is looking forward to moving into his new downtown apartment and settling back into routine. Instead, he is hurled into his weirdest case yet: one of the Three Fates from Greek mythology has been kidnapped. Although the claim stretches his credulity to the breaking point, he soon must wade through a series of riddles and lies that threaten the life of his closest friends. Along the way, despite his attempts at staying aloof, he acquires a new neighbor, a quirky housekeeper and a mysterious cat.
As the case becomes more complex Jack is embroiled in a world of deities, daemons and djinn, and he must use all his wit, humour and courage to free his friends and save the world…yet again.

You can learn more about Jack’s new adventure by going to the Meter Destiny page on Jack Meter Case Files website.

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Twilight: I’m hooked

When I say I’m fairly obsessed by the story of a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire, most people who haven’t heard of the Twilight series look at me as if I’ve finally lost it. “It” being my mind, my reason, or any rhyme thereof.

But I’m not afraid to admit that not only do I find the story compelling but I find the writing absolutely wonderful. Forget about all the vampire clichés; Stephenie Meyer has thrown them all out (well, they do drink blood, but even that little bit has a twist) and started with two people, one alive and the other dead, and has fabricated a compelling, believable, story that will raise your hackles, speed up your breath, shiver up your spine, and keep you storming through to the end. And even at 500 pages a pop, it’s a worthwhile time investment.

Twilight is the first in the series, then comes New Moon, Eclipse, and the last one Breaking Dawn.

On her website, Stephenie also talks about her experience with publishing. It warms my heart that she very simply states how difficult it is to go through the process of finding an agent/publisher. She makes me like her as a person as much as a writer. Here’s what she has to say: Continue reading

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A brave new world of language

I can’t keep up with today’s languages. The internet and gaming languages, that is. I thought I could handle LOL, for instance; I thought it meant “Laugh out Loud” or “Lots of Laughs.” Now they’ve added an overusage meaning to it, which means “Lack of Laughter.” It’s a replacement for having nothing to contribute to a chat, for instance, or “Your statement lacks even the vaguest trace of humor but I’ll pretend I’m amused.”

A friend of M. D.’s keeps using W00T! in answer to some emails. That friend is also a writer so I figured she wasn’t illiterate or using it for the exclamation “What!”

Since I am a detective and I like to find things out, I went on the scent of the W00T! definition.

In the process I discovered a completely new language (well, if 1982 can be called new) that was developed in the early 80’s by computer geeks who didn’t want search engines to detect their websites. They invented l33t, or “Elite,” where letters are changed to numbers and symbols and are phonetically written. Gamers and chatters (aha! M. D.’s friend is a gamer) appropriated the language, sometimes as shortcuts, sometimes as a status of what they are. From what I could tell, there’s a fine line between use and overuse, and you can teeter between cool or a total idiot or nerd. In addition, the language evolves continuously with new acronyms and new usage. (How the heck are you supposed to keep up?)

W00T! has gaming origins and meant “We Owned the Other Team” or “Wonderful Loot” (Everquest gaming slang). Now it means a sign of agreement or excitement, or less commonly “Waste of our Time” or “Way out of Topic” in chat rooms (although this is less common).

Okay, here’s one:

ROFL!!!!1 u r teh FUNi!11 i lub u <3

It means, as far as I can tell, Roll on Floor Laughing!!! You are the funniest. I love you. (emoticon meaning heart).

Oh, yeah, because emoticons, groups of punctuation or/and letters, in a non-graphic environment, also translate into feelings. : – ) is the regular happy face (remove the spaces), ; – ) is a wink, : – D is LOL, and : – P is a raspberry. Here they are, translated graphically, courtesy of WordPress: 🙂

😉

😀

😛

I suppose it’s like any language, you learn it as you use it, but there is potential for silliness. Tell me why the following l33tsp34k is easier than writing English:

EX) 1|= `/0|_| C4|| |234|) 7|-|15, `/0|_| |234|_|_`/ ||33|) 70 637 |_41|)

On the other hand, if you want to feel like you’re part of an l33t or that you can write an esoteric language only teh f3VV (the few) can understand, this is it.

Oh, and curious what the above means? Here it is:

For example if you can read this, you really need to get laid.

(LOL)

For more on the new urban language, consult the Urban Dictionary.

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