2 for 0 Weekend on Amazon!

So I’m more than halfway through my 2 for 0 Weekend, where you can get both of my short stories, “The Watch” and “Eye of the Storm” for free on Amazon!  My download numbers have been enough to put both stories into the top thirty so far, which is much better than I ever expected.

(Okay, I didn’t know what to expect since this is the first time I’ve ever done this and I don’t know what kind of download numbers the top stories get.  But actually seeing something I wrote on a master list with a low double-digit number next to it is very exciting.)

I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s downloaded my stories – and a preemptive thank you to everyone who is going to download them in the next fourteen hours. (Wink, wink)  I hope you find them entertaining, and if you like them, feel free to leave a review or two.  If you don’t like them, please keep your opinions to yourself.

Kidding, kidding!

 

My Kindle Store page:

goo.gl/7vJHg

Sounding Proper

I’m currently writing an historical novel, and since my first draft was just splattered onto the page as fast as the words came into my head, there’s now, of course, a lot of language-tweaking to be done.  I’ve decided to get rid of all contractions, as I feel they sound too modern.  But while this gives a much more old-timey sound to my writing, it is torture on the word-count.  You’re never really aware of how often you use contractions until you go to undo them; it’s like trying not to say “um,” and realizing that you say it after every third word.

 

 

I’m also replacing a lot of words with their more antiquated counterparts:

maybe = perhaps

very/really = quite

just = merely/simply

goes/comes back = returns

pregnant = with child

used to = accustomed to

want = wish (in some cases)

talk about = speak of

a lot = many/much

have to = must

think = believe (in some cases)

put up with = tolerate

keep on = continue

I actually enjoy doing this, because it’s like listening to my writing fade more fully into the past.  I know some people think that this type of writing sounds stilted and pompous, but I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as someone from the eighteenth century saying, “Hey, what’s up?”

What other modern-to-historical changes do you make in your writing?  Leave a comment below!

Andrew Carnegie Medals

A week and a half ago, my husband, Kevin and I attended the awards ceremony for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. It took place at the end of the third day of the ALA (American Library Association) Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, and was a nice top-off to a weekend of rushing around grabbing author interviews for our website, Scripts & Scribes. Our feet and shoulders were aching and my calves, strangely, would ache the next day. (I have yet to figure out the reason for that, since all my other leg muscles were just fine.) We’d made multiple trips back to the car with bags full of ARC’s, and it was time to finally time to sit down, rest, and watch some awardin’.

The ceremony was a rather historic event, as this was the first year the Andrew Carnegie Medals were presented. In fact, there was apparently a bit of a mad rush of behalf of the superstar selection committee to get the finalists, and eventually the winners, chosen in time for the ceremony at ALA. But they did it. (I don’t know how people read that fast. I’m not a slow reader, but I just can’t absorb a book a day the way some people can. Different wiring, I suppose.)

There were three nominations each for both fiction and nonfiction.

For fiction: The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, and Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks.

And for nonfiction: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie,
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick, and Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (who sadly died shortly after the book’s completion in 2011.)

The Forgotten Waltz and Catherine the Great ended up taking the top prizes, but clearly all six of these books are well worth a read.

The ALA is determined that the Andrew Carnegie Medals become the adult counterparts to the Newberys and Caldecotts. And based on the nominations and winners this year, I’d say they’re well on their way.

Special thanks are owed to the amazing Macey Morales of the ALA for inviting us to the conference and wonderful Carnegie Medal ceremony.

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My website is finally up and running – hooray! It’s the Fourth of July and I’m missing the fireworks, but getting this site going on my day off is more than worth it! Come back and visit as I talk about writing, books, and my other website, Scriptsandscribes.com.