First and most important, my friend Sky is having a joint blog giveaway with two other bloggers. The fabulous prizes have been kindly donated by Etsy shop owners. Answer each question on each blog for a total of three entries. (And tell her I sent you, if you'd be so kind.) Click here to enter!
Next, some writing advice.
Some tips on writing dialogue: writetodone.com/2011/12/12/10-easy-ways-to-improve-your-dialogue/
And a short discussion on what it means to really be able to talk (and therefore write) with eloquence: blog.writeathome.com/?p=2150
And finally, some more fun!
This poem incorporates 800 of the most difficult and/or confusing English words to pronounce. For shame that it took a Frenchman to write it. (I dare you to read it aloud. I did it three times so you can do it. If you're feeling exceptionally daring, record yourself and post it in the comments!)
Now, the last two items are just for interest's sake.
I followed a link over on twitter to this site. It tells the interesting story of the first animated Hobbit book to movie adaptation. The movie is only 12 minutes long and deviates from the book quite a bit. Watch it for a smile and a laugh! (There's even a princess!)
And finally....now, I don't normally like to engage in sparring fights over popular books concerning allegations that they aren't written well, buuut, I had to give in just this once. I read this article on i09.com about how Twilight would have been written/plotted had famous authors from the past 200 years written it instead of Stephanie Myers. Cue a load of Twilight hating in the comments below. However, one commentator (unicycle) made their point quite clear in a whimsical fashion. Here it is for your amusement.
Twilight, by Dr. Seuss
Jake likes a girl. Her name is Bella.
Bella likes a different fella.
See this vamp? This is Ed.
Ed is pale. Ed is dead.
Ed saved Bella from a van.
Ed must be a special man.
Ed won't kill boys. He won't kill girls.
Ed gets fed on deer and squirrels.
This is James. He's a tracker.
He's a sort of vamp attacker.
James hunts Bella for a thrill.
Will Ed kill him? Yes, he will.
But James gave her a little bite.
Will she be a vamp? She might!
Edward fixes Bella's cut.
She won't be a vampire.
She becomes one. Read some more.
She's a vampire in book 4.
And with that I leave you. Until next time!