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Revision: Giving Mortal Writers the Powers of a God with Each Press of the Delete Key

“Revision is like wrestling with a demon, for almost anyone can write; but only writers know how to rewrite. It is this ability alone that turns the amateur into a professional.”
--William Knott
"Could you BE any more scrofulous with your food?!"
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"I thought I looked fabulous. But according to my little brother, I looked scrofulous."

Now, honestly, I thought my above sentences were silly, made up examples of how to use this tongue-tying word. And then I looked it up.

*high fiving myself*
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And thanks to Webster's Online, I also got to HEAR how the word is pronounced. Not so tongue-tripping after all. Go figure.

Tomorrow's Word? (I don't know... Cat?)
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Sum Sunday

Summin' it up:

Girl has **itty additude about guys (with good reason). Nicest guy she's ever met? Not even human.

Well, he's half-human. And that'd be the side she *doesn't* trust.


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Sum up YOUR latest WIP!




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Jane Austen Read My Blog

I'm sure it was her. I mean, who else in Bath, England would read MY blog? Exactly. No one, but Jane.

Now, some folks might say, "Yeah, but, ah... She's like, not from Bath, you know." No duh. But hel-lo, she has vacationed in Bath. We mustn't judge.

And I suppose some of you might even say, "Yeah, but, ah... She's like, all dead and stuff." Trivial. Very trivial.

I mean, really people. If she were truly d-e-a-d, how could she star in both a movie AND a Masterpiece Theater presentation?

I know, right?



All I'm saying is don't be a hater just 'cause

Jane Austen Read My Blog.




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Waiting for a package to arrive from UPS?

Need a tech, but it's not scheduled for days?

Wondering what ex-boyfriends look like nowadays?

No patience for class reunions?


Simply do the following....


Don't shower that day (or at least not yet).

Skip all forms of makeup.

Don't brush your hair, but do pull it back into a sloppy, shabby, unflattering bun.

Make sure your eyes are bloodshot from lack of sleep.

Now....

Go return DVDs at Block Buster. Answer the ringing doorbell. Or, pick up a gallon of milk at Kwik Trip.


And...voila!


Not kidding. Works for me every time. You'd think I'd learn by now.




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SS ON THE MOVE!

Enjoy the trip my manuscript

Auf Wiedersehen my candycane

Much luck my duck (What the truck??)

You'll do swell, I can tell

You'll do your best to pass the test

You'll wow her eyes and give high fives

You'll write, you'll call, you'll have a ball

You'll wine, you'll dine, you'll do just fine

You'll dance till dawn out on the lawn

'Cause you'll impress in your full dress

You will! You will! I know you will!

You will, you will, I pray you will....







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Good Lord, It's Been Too Long!

First day with internet at my new home! HAD TO SAY HELLO TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!! Oh how I have missed my LJ pals out there!!!!

Well, I've got a makes-me-happy full time job, and I've got to get ready now, so this little note will just have to do for the moment... But I just couldn't resist at least giving a shout-out to my fellow fabulous writer and illustrator and doin'-whatever-feels-fine friends in cyberspace! HOLLA!!!!!

I'll be sure to write more about my tres exciting life (don't trip over the sarcasm there) tonight!

Bling on, Baby!!!!



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Which Goddess lurks in your soul?

Hera

It is obvious that leadership is your strong suit! Hera was Queen of all the Greek Gods and the daughter of a Titan. This is no small boast! Hera is selective on who she inhabits and rightfully so. Only those of majestic grace and keen intellects are considered and she will leave in a heartbeat if her host is ungracious or in anyway corrupted by a powerful position. Like Hera, you are a true born leader of the people. Many have come to you over the years seeking guidance and patient understanding to their plights and pains. Your advice is usually rooted in the experiences of your own life and given with great care and caution. Continue on this path and Hera will make you a Queen worthy of remembrance!

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Remembering Baby Doll Beth....

Pamela Ross had a great idea--write about the loss of my mother's doll. So... I did. It's a serious poem, but it reads kind of funny. I mean, it IS about a dolly. Hee, hee! But... I loved Beth, and more importantly, my mother loved Beth.

So, here's to Baby Doll Beth... RIP.



Little baby doll of mine

Was once my mother’s special find

A doll of fragile composition

Held two girls’ hearts’ best position

Mother called her Baby Beth

A name I kept until Beth’s death

Oh the tears I shed that day

When flooded waters swept Beth away

That poor dear doll could not resist

The water’s tug and awful twist

How cruelly did the water fill

Her every nook and cranny ’til

Her rosy cheeks and soft red lips

Ran down her face in soggy drips

That’s how I found her, sewer-ed through

A doll whose heart was plush and true

For sixty years she held her own

Now Baby Beth is all alone

Goodbye, my mother’s baby doll

When I was young, you were my all




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On The Lighter Side....

My husband had a coffee can full of marbles from his childhood.

Due to the flood, my husband lost his marbles.

Ba-da-bum.

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