Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cool Word Of the Week Contest - June 26-July 2, 2011

This weeks CWOWC word is..... "sirocco" (suh-ROK-oh\ , noun;)

Most creative use of the word "sirocco" wins a free eBook version of Darkwoods from! Email your entry to by noon on Saturday, July 2nd

Meaning from

1. Any hot, oppressive wind, especially one in the warm sector of a cyclone.
2. A hot, dry, dustladen wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.
3. A warm, sultry south or southeast wind accompanied by rain.
Sample sentence:  "The sirocco brought with it an evil omen to the creatures of Darkwoods."
Have some fun, folks!  Winners entry will be posted next week.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

William Safire's Great Rules of Writing

~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

Hey, when you know the rules, You Can Break 'Em!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cool Word of the Week

Its the Cool Word of the Week Contest!   Win a free eBook copy of "Darkwoods"
Remember, you get extra points if you use elements of Darkwoods in your sentence.
Word for Week of June 19-25 is:     SAPID  (SAP-id) (adjective)
Meaning:  (1) having taste or flavor, (2) agreeable to the taste; palatable, (3)  agreeable, as to the mind; to one's liking.
"I find Darkwoods to be very sapid."
Send me a sentence using "sapid" and whoever has the most creative use of the word wins a free eBook.  Have some fun with it!  Email your sentence to me at , and put CWOWC in the subject line.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A New Game

One thing that has captured my attention is my teachers' constant complaints that teen literacy is down. I am eager to prove this wrong! As of next Sunday, I'll post a strange word of the day every week. Whoever can use it best in a sentence will win something special - maybe a free copy of Darkwoods on e-book! Extra points if you use Darkwoods characters in your sentence.

So give it a go and help me prove my teachers wrong!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Awesome Day...

I had a great day travelling around Tacoma with my friend Selah Elmquist. We saw all kinds of cool things. Tacoma is a cool city (though not nearly as cool as Seattle!) We were trying to get various stores to carry Darkwoods, and one already had a copy, which was awesome. And thank goodness it didn't rain until I got home!