100 starfish and counting

I made a difference to that one…

Today the tide was extremely low, and Hubby and I threw at least 100 starfish back into the sea. For some starfish, it was too late. But, we saved and made a difference to those that fluttered their legs.

Do you want to discover how starfish move?

Starfish are equipped with hundreds of tiny little feet at the end of each arm. To move, they fill these feet with seawater, causing the arm to move like a foot would. This mechanism allows the starfish to move – much quicker than you might expect.

We made a difference to that one…

What Is Foreshadowing: With Examples

Foreshadowing is a literary device that’s used to give a hint of what will happen later in a story. Learn how to use foreshadowing here.
— Read on prowritingaid.com/Views/Pug/

Poem: Conversation with the streets… (This was written in 2014, the relevance of this piece in my Community, today, left me in awe)

I had a conversation with the streets and this is what the streets said to me: THE STREETS DON’T FEEL SAFE ANYMORE I wake up every morning to the …

Poem: Conversation with the streets… (This was written in 2014, the relevance of this piece in my Community, today, left me in awe)

Here I am at last

img_1306It’s been a while I know, but I’m onto it now.

Monday blogs is a place where I comment on interesting bits and pieces about my writing journey.

You know; those things that go wrong and later you laugh about.

Here’s the first.

The joys of self publishing 101

Two weeks ago I opened the freshly published book that I self published on Amazon KDP.

Mmm, Yes. Love the cover. All shiny and well constructed.

I opened the pages, feeling the quality, admiring the headings, and read the inscriptions. Nice.

The printing looks professional, the headings are where they should be. I turn the pages, feeling pleased with my first attempt at self publishing.

Whoops! What is this?

Why is the editing column showing in the story?

Good Gracious!

Or perhaps I said something less polite …

There’s page after page of notation by my editor:-

why has it printed?

And how come I didn’t see it when I checked out the copies before pressing ‘publish’?

There are always a good side when bad things happen

Fortunately I have only bought four copies, and I’m confident that thousands of book lovers haven’t bought their copy. Yet.

As there’s no chance of that, I reason; as pre-orders were not successfully achieved in the build up to publishing.

What has followed is …

I have completed a crash course on removing the editing column from Word. Then I republished on KDP, and now I wait with baited breath on a successful republishing confirmation.

It’s time for a long black, and I breathe in a sigh of relief, having overcome a self publishing major challenge

But there is more – lesson two will be revealed next week.

Meet you at ten.

The Husbands Secret – by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty

 2nd August 2016. 

Interviewed by Marylou from ABC

Irritable when not writing

2002 published Three Wishes
Cringe factor- writing about ordinary people in their own towns.

The Husbands Secret- New York Times best sellers list
Big Little Lies – won a prize in America. Number One.
Nicole Kidman- phoned her. Wanted to meet Lianne, in a coffee shop in Sydney. Turned into a TV series. Reece Witherspoon in the TV publication team.
School trivia night. Dressed as Elvis and Audrey Hepburn.

Early next year will be on our TV screens.
Country towns.Book Shops.

Her husband is not a reader. He Likes ‘The Secret River’ by Kate …
‘Surely Madly Guilty’ latest book. 
A pantser writer. Not a planner. Things surprise her at the end.
Things you need to add document, to go back and add.

Makes the timeline hard.
Complicated feelings about sex observed.

Deals with the darker side of life. Yet filled with humour. Allows the humour to come through naturally. 

Neurotic characters in last novel.
Titles- conflict between USA and English and Australia.

IVF theme through her books.
Author platform- use social media, talk in local libraries, news letters, hire own publicist. Slow process (15 years). 

Takes a year to write her books. 
Writing process

Write a regular shift per day. Fit it in with other things. 

Character starts with personality attribute. 

Finding an agent- Ferness Browne her agent.
Development of character is automatic. 

Reads everything and anything. 
Suggests it’s important to finish book before sending into publishing agent. Get it out there.
Edits as she goes, followed by structural edit (explain the characters motivation), copy edit follows. ( colour of eyes change etc). Final Proof reading follows.

Identify the passive voice- a great tip if you are confused.

Rebecca Johnson you’re a genius. Teachers everywhere should rejoice, and so should any students who haven’t yet mastered passive voice. If you’re still new to this and aren’t sure how passive voice works or why Rebecca’s work-around is so boo-tiful, let us explain.

Passive Voice

Odds are high that you have, at some point in your life, had passive voice marked on an essay or piece of writing. Odds are higher that you probably had no idea what in the world that meant. Basically, it is this. Passive voice is when the noun being acted upon is made the subject of the sentence. (Active voice is when the noun doing the action is the subject.) Let me explain with an example.

The house was haunted.

“The house” is the noun being acted upon, in other words “house” is the object of the verb “to haunt”. It’s clear here that the house is not doing the haunting. It is not doing the action. It is receiving the action. However, it is the subject of the sentence, which makes this sentence a passive voice sentence. (In an active voice sentence, the noun performing the action should be the subject. In this case, the active voice version would be: “Ghosts haunted the house.”)

Using “by zombies” to help identify passive voice

If you are still having trouble understanding passive voice, here is where Rebecca’s idea can help. Usually (but not always), passive voice can include the actor, usually following the verb. Basically, if you can add “by zombies” after the verb and it makes sense, you probably have passive voice.

The town was attacked (by zombies).

Yes, this makes sense; therefore, it is a passive voice sentence. To make this sentence active, you will need to put the noun doing the action in the subject location of the sentence. That is: “Zombies attacked the town.” Now we can check for passive voice:

Zombies attacked the town (by zombies).

No, this doesn’t make sense; therefore it is active voice.

These are simple examples and not every passive voice sentence will be identifiable with this trick, but it will help for a significant number of examples. If you would like to help others learn how to identify the passive voice, leave your tips, tricks, and exceptions in the comments!