Typos: When Are They Acceptable?

Originally posted on Quoth The Wordsmith:

Typos and ErrorsTypos. Everyone makes them. Editors, writers, communications professionals, teachers, and just about everyone else in between. They can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and sometimes downright awkward. But sometimes they can do more that cause you to flush and send a quick correction.

Sometimes, typos can make or break a job application, or cause a reader to leave you a negative review. But how do you know when you should do an extensive edit and when you’re OK to worry a little less about the technical side of things? I mean, coming from a writer and editor, it’s just about impossible to produce error-free content every time.

First, let’s start with the difference between a typo and amateur writing. A typo is when you make a mistake, like typing “dacning” instead of “dancing”, or missing a single letter in a word by accident, like “smeling” instead of “smelling”. Common mistakes are acceptable in…

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The Relativity of Time in Narratives

Originally posted on On writing, books and stories:

Something I find tremendously interesting is how time is treated in different types of narratives. I’m currently reading a book where they’re playing with the flow of time. Time does not progress at the same rate in different areas of the story’s world. But this is by far not the only way an author can play with time.

The way we experience the flow of time, varies from day to day, year to year, activity to activity. Everyone knows the hours that feel like forever, while sometimes years go by in what feels like an instant. By slowing part of the story down, interestingly enough generally achieved by using more words to describe a certain scope of time, authors can change and/or increase the feel of the experience their readers or viewers have.

An author can also change the flow of time for only one of the characters, like for…

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My Name is Mahtob

Originally posted on Things you don't forget:

51I3HQQTuYL__SX327_BO1,204,203,200_I’m only a few years older than Mahtob Mahmoody, so I never read her mother’s book, Not Without My Daughter.  However, I remember when the movie based on the book came to theatres and the media coverage of the story.  An American woman married a man from Iran and he took his wife and child back to Iran to visit for two weeks, except he never intended to return.  He kidnapped and imprisoned them, telling his wife she could return to America, but her daughter would stay with him.  She refused to leave without her little girl and found allies in Iran to help her to escape to the Turkish border with her daughter.  This book covers the daughter’s memory of what happened and tells her life story after they returned to the United States.

The two major themes in this book that spoke to me most were the acknowledgement of God’s…

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The Autobiography of my Mother: A Review

Originally posted on Reading Fields:

the autobiography of my mother

When Meursault learns of his mother’s death in Albert Camus’ The Stranger, he is apathetic to say the least. It is this strange detachment from emotion Camus explores in his existential search of meaning and existence. Fifty-four years later Jamaica Kincaid’s Xuela is also confronted with the loss of her mother and regards it with Mersault’s similar apathetic detachment as she states:

“My mother died at the moment I was born, and so for my whole life there was nothing standing between myself and eternity; at my back was always a bleak, black wind”

but unlike Meursault, Xuela does not get to attend her mother’s funeral as she is but a newborn when her mother dies. Much like Camus’ interrogation of the existential question of existence, Kincaid explores the affects of a severed bond between mother and child in a theme that stretches far beyond Xuela’s personal story. 

Mother’s are…

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It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done. -Nelson Mandela

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Black History:  Special Delivery!!

Quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

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How to Self-Publish Your Book by Jane Friedman

This is such a comprehensive post about self-publishing from Jane Friedman. It covers ebooks, print books, POD, and distribution, printing, among other things. A great resource to keep handy.


November’s Influential Woman Writer

Originally posted on J.D. Thompson:

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.

A few weeks ago, I made the decision to regularly post pieces highlighting influential women authors in history. I feel very strongly about sharing these stories with you because in the end, we as women are the key to our own advancement. We have the ability to reshape the status quo. It’s my belief that by letting ourselves be inspired by the people who built the foundation that raised us out of the trenches as a gender we will continue to strive for equality. These aren’t meant to be biographical posts; if you wish to read the person’s short life description you can refer to Wikipedia. My goal is simply to share these writers with you and hope that it peaks your interest enough…

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls


This is one of all-time my favorite memoirs too! I love the Book Challenge list too.

Originally posted on Being Tori in Victoria:


For years I’ve been telling people this is my favourite book, and recommending that they read it. I am so glad that it held up on my second read. I still love this book. I will always love this book. It’s especially well-written, the Walls family reads like a cast of fictional characters too incredible to believe, and the ingenuity and resilience of Jeannette and her siblings continues to be nothing less than marvellous. I don’t usually read books more than once, but this is one that I will continue to read, and continue to share.

No. 24 on my challenge. If you’ve been following my reviews from the beginning, you’ll understand why.

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Narcissistic Abuse, Recovery, and the Importance of Right Healing

Originally posted on Let Me Reach with Kim Saeed:


Experts say it takes more time to recover from a breakup with a narcissist (be that a friendship, colleague, family member, partner, or spouse) because you have to grieve twice. You grieve first for the person the narcissist pretended to be (your most loyal friend, soulmate, perfect boss) and then you grieve yet again about the horror of who they actually are: your worst nightmare.

Exactly like drug addiction you are high from the intensity during the initial stages of the relationship. You spend the rest of the entire relationship wanting to get back to that initial high that never comes. Being in a relationship with a narcissist is akin to being addicted to heroin. It will slowly kill you. The longer you stay with a narcissist and endure intermittent cycles of abuse, followed by “loving” treatment, you become MORE attached through a process known as trauma bonding.



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