There’s no substitute for the love of language, for the beauty of an English sentence. There’s no substitute for struggling, if a struggle is needed, to make an English sentence as beautiful as it should be. – Harper Lee
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Posted by hopeseguin on August 27, 2012
I tried to create a character who represented the everyman figure out of the medieval morality plays. It’s that simple. It’s the great advantage today of having a classical education: almost no one else does. It doesn’t exist anymore. So I’ve been taking plots from Milton, Shakespeare, Elizabethan theater, Greek mythology and the Bible for years and nobody notices! – author James Lee Burke (when asked why he thinks readers connect with Dave Robicheaux)
Posted by hopeseguin on July 27, 2012
That summer, Daddy went from telephoning and dynamiting fish to poisoning them with green walnuts. The dynamite was messy, and a couple years before he’d somehow got two fingers blown off, and the side of his face had a burn spot that at first glance looked like a lipstick kiss and at second glance looked like some kind of rash.
- Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
Posted by hopeseguin on June 16, 2012
Posted by hopeseguin on June 16, 2012
Posted by hopeseguin on June 8, 2012
At its best, the sensation of writing is that of an unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then — and only then — is it handed to you.
- Annie Dillard
Posted by hopeseguin on May 26, 2012
Someone out there is now accusing me of being tiresome and anal-retentive. I deny it. I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day . . . fifty the day after that . . . and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s-GASP!!-too late.
- Stephen King on Writing A Memoir of the Craft
Posted by hopeseguin on March 20, 2012
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.” T. S. Eliot, in Philip Massinger, in The Sacred Wood (1920)
Posted by hopeseguin on March 19, 2012
. . .writing is, in the end, that oddest of anomalies: an intimate letter to a stranger.
- Pico Iyer
Posted by hopeseguin on February 15, 2012
Here’s the deal: Most typewriter fonts are what are called monospaced fonts. That means every character takes up the same amount of space. An “i” takes up as much space as an “m,” for example. When using a monospaced font, where everything is the same width, it makes sense to type two spaces after a period at the end of a sentence to create a visual break. For that reason, people who learned to type on a typewriter were taught to put two spaces after a period at the end of a sentence.
One Space After a Period–The New Way
But when you’re typing on a computer, most fonts are proportional fonts, which means that characters are different widths. An “i” is more narrow than an “m,” for example, and putting extra space between sentences doesn’t do anything to improve readability.
source: Grammar Girl
Posted by hopeseguin on January 22, 2012
annual Writers Workshop sponsored by the Seguin-Guadalupe County Library Friends of the Library
Creativity takes many forms and each of us has a spark of creative expression. The Seguin-Guadalupe County Library under the guidance of Vice President Jolly Ann Ellis, hosted a Writers Workshop – and I envision this as only the first of several workshops. It was a great morning!
The creative energy was palpable and the ideas flowed.
Brandi Midkiff, Sandra Gravitt and Shaun Ford spoke about the different aspects of writing and those in attendance shared examples of personal writing. It was exciting and it was stimulating.
Seguin has talent!!
Posted by hopeseguin on January 21, 2012
Posted by hopeseguin on January 8, 2012