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1:04 PM Elizabeth Seckman 31 Comments


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 Tara Tyler is all about making the rest of us mortals look bad.  Her Bella's Point  challenge has such a twist, I read it twice to  verify.

 Oh, and she has a Beastly Survey you need to check out. I      was all goblin.




Dr. Faerie Godmother has a SUPER post most of the ladies can relate with. She is offering up some fun with her POWERFUL insight.








Loni Townsend mixes historical fact with her fiction...and it's a masterful blend rich in fun and excitement.








Two question interview! Welcome C. Lee Mckenzie!!

What's a mistake writers make and how do they fix it?
What shivers my timbers are grammar errors writers make. This one really makes me search for my red pen. “Between you and I.” Arrrg! Please writers, at least get the last vestige of the case system right.

 Here’s one that’s not as bad as nails on a blackboard (blackboard’s very outdated, but descriptive): “That story is different than my last one.” No! Repeat after me. “It’s different from. . . .” Of course, I’ve probably made that mistake. It’s sneakier than some.

Here’s another eel of an error. Very slippery and so frequent. It’s about that language only a few speak anymore, and then in very special situations. Latin. i.e. (id est) means “that is” or “in other words.” It shouldn’t be used when you want “for example.” That’s e.g. Okay that’s enough. I don’t like myself much when I go on my prescriptive rants. 

                       (But I love how you rant!! They’re so educational.)

What should I cook for dinner and do you have a recipe for that?

If I’m not in the middle of writing a book—my New York Times bestseller— or a book launch—my soon-to-be starred Kirkus Review book— I love to make Spanikopita. Otherwise, like tonight, it’s pizza from the deli.

Spanikopita is easy and it waits patiently, so you can make it anytime. It’s good hot and at room temp. Take a whole bunch of green stuff: spinach, kale, chard. Chop that up. Let it dry on a towel. Chop up some green onions and let them dry, too. Take some fillo and line a 9X13” baking dish with about three layers and slather on olive oil. Toss all those green chopped things with some olive oil, lemon juice, a T. of rice, 1 or 2 beaten eggs, a dash of cinnamon, salt, pepper and tons of feta. Dump that mix onto the top of your fillo. Cover it with three or four more layers of fillo, slather more olive oil on top and stick it into the oven at 350 for about an hour.  Put on your ancient Zorba The Greek movie (Netflix will provide this entertainment) and kick back. 

Thanks Lee. Sounds healthy and delicious!

C. Lee McKenzie knows MG, YA, .... And her latest book comes out on Friday!! Congratulations Lee!

Hutchinson McQueen has a rough life and things get rougher when he is sent to juvie for a crime he had no part of - is there hope in such a place when nothing has worked out right before?

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31 comments:

  1. Can I get that on a pizza?
    Hopefully you don't catch a lot of mistakes in my writing, Lee.

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    1. LOL. I thought the same thing Alex as I read the post. But Lee's a sweetie...she'll hold it against our editors and not us ;)

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    2. I definitely will not make red circles on your papers! Honestly, I make so many mistakes when I'm writing, I can't believe I'm the author. Thank heaven for the editing process!

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  2. Hi Elizabeth,

    Just checking Alex's comment for grammatical errors! :) I suppose he could of put a comma after, "hopefully". Ignore me, hopefully.

    Elizabeth has a blog challenge. Tara, a Dr. Faerie Godmother and Loni. Great stuff, for sure, eh! :)

    Ah yes, then we have that celebrity author and a must on all the TV talk show circuits, the lovely Lee.

    A pizza with double cheese, please. I don't know nothing. I would even incorrect spelling as in American English, is a grammatical boo boo? LOL

    I'm going now, thank goodness.

    Gary :)

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    1. I'll speak to privately about that grammar, young man.

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  3. I don't know nothing either Gary! And a pizza sounds good....way easier to dial than to cook.

    Tara and Rena both surprised me. Good stuff today!

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  4. The mistakes rant made me wince and smile at the same time. I'm pretty sure I'm guilty.

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    1. I'm pretty sure we all are guilty. Hard to be perfect. Impossible, in fact. I love that you mix historical facts with your fiction. That makes it very interesting to me.

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  5. I want some spanikopita! I need to make some. My grammatical errors have gotten so bad I don't even see them anymore. ;)

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    1. We have some left. You're invited but, as it happens, it's leftover evening at our house tonight.

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  6. Educational Rants are the only rants worth making. Thanks for popping by C. Lee. Will visit the fairy post.

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    1. I can be quite boring. Ask anyone in my family. :-)

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  7. Elizabeth, this was a great interview.

    Clee, I have never heard of filo, but looked it up online after reading your recipe. OMG that sounds so good. Anyway, my question is: Where do you buy filo? Or do you make it from scratch?

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    1. Making fillo would take me days, and then it wouldn't taste like anything. I wouldn't even know how to start making it as thin as it has to be. I find mine in the freezer section of the grocery store. It's usually next to frozen pie crusts. Now those I can make.

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  8. Lee, does it bother you when people write "i.e." when they mean "for example," as if it's the same thing as "e.g."? I HATE THAT!

    Cheers, ladies, and hugs to you both.

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  9. Great little interview! I love it when Lee rants too. :) I'm off to read the challenge entries.

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  10. Your blog is full of great information for writers. Thank you for sharing.
    R

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  11. lol damn, i want to avoid your dreaded red pen haha

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  12. Apostrophes drive me crazy, especially in self-published works. Usually enough copy editors are involved in trad-pubbed books that you don't see it, but I've seen more misuses of it's and crazy things like our's and their's. Makes me want to start tearing pages out of the book! One misused apostrophe and I'm not reading another word, even if I'm otherwise enjoying the book.

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  13. Trouble is a lot of books do NOT get edited properly and when I read them it drives me crazy. I find it particularly bad with ebooks. I got so fed up with it that I offered to proof read for a couple of author friends before they published.

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  14. Hi, Elizabeth, Hi, Lee...

    I wish I was a better grammar nazi. But since I began writing, i have improved A LOT, but we need more grammar nazi' s out there to catch the hundreds we miss.

    Thanks LEE.... all the best!

    Elizabeth, CONGRATS on your newest book. Sorry I haven't been around this month to help share your vision... Life... you know how it is....

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  15. Ooo... I'm going to try that recipe out on my family next week. Don't know if I can pronounce it though. Grammar is important, although I seem to keep making the silliest mistakes anyway. And wow to all the new entries in the hop. Amazing what three tiny words can flare up for stories.

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  16. Good grammar reminders, Lee. I was guilty of 'i.e. for e.g.' until someone pointed that out. I bet I've also been guilty of 'different than.' A lot. 0_0

    Off to visit the competition...

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  17. I love a good grammar rant! Your peeves are similar to mine.

    And spanikopita is a wonderful treat! I'm glad to hear you also buy your fillo dough in the freezer section. I knew a Greek woman who made her own, and it was practically see-through. My pastry skills tap out at 1/8", so off to the freezer section I go.

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  18. LOVE the new website :)

    Tara's entry was awesome, too :)

    Enjoyed Lee's tips, i.e. the one about not using i.e. for an example :)

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  19. I had to do an English test recently and only scored 87% - I was devastated! My tutor said it was a top score, but... well, you know... I'm a WRITER! But sometimes, those random grammar issues get us all :-)

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  20. I think these grammar rants are actually way more sophisticated than most of what gets my grammatical goat out there in the reading world. If those are the worst mistakes someone is making, I can definitely put up with it. Sadly there are a lot worse mistakes in published books out there. :)

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  21. I love grammar rants. They're educational.

    Spanikopita sounds good.

    I enjoy reading the challenge posts.

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  22. Woohoo! So many friends in one post. I love it. :D

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  23. Between you and I, this post is different than others, i.e. it's got some great writers, it's got a fun interview, and it taught me a lot about grammar.

    Did that make your head explode?

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  24. Hi, Ladies,

    First time I've heard of Spanikopita, but coming from my corner of the world, I guess that's expected. Some grammar nits do get me in a snit too. :) Congrats on the book Lee.

    Working on my Challenge submission.

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