Okay, so I don’t have much of substance today, but I thought I could at least share some pictures with you. I’m super busy this week, but I wanted to put something up for you. Pictures are always fun!
Preparing the shipment for Rainbow Book Fair this weekend. I was actually pleased that Storm Moon Press now has so many print titles, we couldn’t ship and display them all.
Ready for shipping!
Kirei (Japense for ‘pretty’), one of our nine cats. Her nickname is Faterpillar.
Rada (Sindarin for ‘found way’), and her nickname is Kitten Face.
Mama Kitty, who is called Mama Kitty because she’s the mother of four of our nine cats.
Yume (Japanese for ‘dream’), Mama Kitty’s youngest.
Dorian, our youngest kittle, and my baby. He’s permanently attached to me, I swear.
My living room! The lump on the sofa is Usagi (Japanese for ‘rabbit’), our eldest labrador (she’s 12 this year). I’ve always loved how much light the front half of the house receives.
The other half of our living room. K. was vacuuming when I took the photo. You can see not only Usagi, but our other labrador, Cala (Quenya for ‘light’).
Our second youngest cat, the kittle Basil. He’s Dorian’s brother, and he’s 100% Roger’s boy. XD
My kitchen! This is a place I love to be. It’s not ideal, but it’s one of the biggest kitchens I’ve had in an apartment setting.
Kitchen, part the two.
Most of my pantry. We’re in need of a proper shopping trip. That will happen this weekend. I need to get list making for R and K.
We have a drinking problem in this house. XD
My favorite sandwich in the whole world! It’s a seedy pumpernickel bread with a thick layer of tart cherry jam and an even thicker layer of good, quality cream cheese. So damn good!
Okay! So, pictures! I hope you guys like them!
I’ve been sick since Thursday. Well, I was sick before that, but it was just this low-level ick. Thursday night/Friday morning, though, it slammed into me. I’ve been fighting it since. I’m still not even 75%, but I’ve things to do.
Zombie Jesus Day was nice. We took the day, more or less, off. The husband-thing bought Bioshock Infinite and Assassin’s Creed 3, so he played Bioshock most of the evening. We also watched some of Season 5 Supernatural. Of course, I have issues with Season 4 and Season 5… and don’t get me started on Season 6 (which is where we stopped initially). But, I’m trying to slog back through it so I can get caught up. I’ve been told Season Eight was terrible, so we’ll see if I can even get there.
We had my Dr. Pepper Ham with cheesy baked mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, ginger ale carrots, rolls, and assorted fresh veg. It was lovely. I like cooking holiday meals (even if the three of us aren’t strictly Christian). I was dying for an easy day with nothing to worry about, and I made Sunday that day.
Today, I’m going to be focusing on Episode 3 of Overture and the first of the two bonus contents we’ll be posting for Season Pass holders. In the first bonus, you get to see the first time Dorian sits for Basil and what that was like for Dorian. I’m very excited about it. Basil was Dorian’s first great love. His only great love. It will be nice to share how we see the beginning of that. The second bonus, which will come out with Episode 6, is an art piece Nathie did from a scene in Episode 5. It’s gorgeous, guys. So gorgeous. If you don’t have a Season Pass, you should go grab one.
Once we finish up the Episode 3 edits and such, we’ll return to Episode 4 and finish that up to send it off to our editor, and begin Episode 5. I can’t believe it’s half over at this point! @_@ I can’t wait to start on Season 2, which K. and I will write through the fall and winter, and then begin publishing in February of 2014, a couple of months after the formal novel edition of Season 1 comes out.
My big purchases this paycheck were a new digital camera (finally!). My current one is about seven or eight years old, and it’s on its way out. It’s been a good little camera, though. I wound up getting the latest incarnation of it, and I can’t wait for it to arrive this week. I also bought an ice cream maker and a quick freeze ice pop maker. With my Hawaiian Ice shaver, I am all set for summer in Florida. It means some of my recipes may now become frozen, delicious treats!
Well, this is supposed to be a Recipe Monday sort of thing, so I guess I can share my Ginger Ale Carrots with you.
1 bag baby carrots
1/3 C ginger ale (full sugar, please)
3 TBSP butter
1 TBSP minced parsley
This is a very simple recipe. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add ginger ale. Cover with a lid and simmer over medium-low heat for 40 minutes. Remove lid and cook over medium-high heat until the carrots are glazed and lightly brown. Add parsley, stir, and serve hot.
As I slog through my backlog of editing duties, I see a common thread. In fact, I can easily name two of the most common problems that can be easily addressed.
Commas are a huge problem for authors, I think. Many times, authors use commas where they shouldn’t, and take them away from areas they should use them. Comma splices have to be one of the easiest errors to catch and fix. Does your sentence have two subjects? Yes? Then you have a comma splice.
Bob went to the market, we thought there was time.
There are two subjects there, two complete sentences. This can be repaired three different ways.
1. Bob went to the market. We thought there was time.
2. Bob went to the market; we thought there was time.
3. We thought there was time, so Bob went to the market.
I know many authors are allergic to the semicolon, but it’s a legitimate way to correct a comma splice.
The other area that I see an unbelievable amount of is the comma missing from introductory adverbial words, phrases, and clauses. I know what you’re saying. ‘What is an introductory adverbial word, phrase, or clause?’
Adverbial words: Suddenly, Eventually, Occasionally, Carefully, Finally, Then, Next, First, etc.
Adverbial phrases: With a flourish, Taking a breath, Running down the hall, etc.
Adverbial clauses: Because I could not stop for death, Even though he was a giant monster, etc.
These are sentence modifiers. They describe the sentence as a whole and add information. And they are always followed by a comma. What confuses people, I think, is the fact that, if you take those and move them farther into the sentence, there aren’t commas.
Example A: Occasionally, I go to the store.
Example B: I occasionally go the store.
So, when you start a sentence with these modifiers, be sure to follow them with a comma. If you don’t want the comma, shift the word or phrase into a different spot in the sentence.
Overuse of Participle Phrases
This… is becoming a serious problem. I see it happening more and more, and I’m not sure why. What is a participle phrase?
Example: John walked into the bathroom, taking off his pants, combing his hair, talking to Mary on his cell, kicking a camel in the balls.
Every -ing phrase there is a participle phrase. They have a purpose. That purpose is to indicate simultaneous action. Problem is, writers use them to denote actions that cannot physically performed simultaneously. You cannot walk into a bathroom while taking off your pants AND combing your hair AND speaking on the cellphone WHILE AT THE SAME TIME kicking a camel in the balls. It’s not physically possible. Don’t string them together unless your character is actually performing all the action at the same time.
If you’re trying to say these events happened in a sequence, you need -ed verbs, not -ing ones.
Example: John walked into the bathroom, took off his pants, combed his hair, talked to Mary on his cell, and kicked a camel in the balls.
That works. That’s a sequence of events John performed. An odd sequence, yes, but it was physically possible without John being the bastard child of Kali and Jackie Chan.
Now, even if you’re using the participle phrases correctly, you need to be sure you’re also using them sparingly. Having them every other paragraph is overkill. Vary your writing. It makes for a much easier and nicer read for your audience.
And… I think that’s it. Questions are welcome!
This is a bit late, but I’m fighting off one hell of a cold-flu thing while juggling a lot of stuff on the SMP end of things. I’ve spent more time in a cold medicine haze than I have doing much else. XD
The recipe I’m sharing today isn’t really a recipe. See, my parents gave me their juicer a couple months back, and the Armstrong-Piet household has been juicing regularly. We’ve preferred the fresh juice over anything store bought, and it’s become out ‘first meal of the day’ sort of thing. And, so, I wanted to share one of our favorite juices so far.
1 whole peeled pineapple, core included
5 ripe mangos, peeled
9 navel oranges, peeled
1 bag baby carrots
Our juicer requires us to roughly chop up all our fruit into large chunks. Do what your juicer requires. Pass all the fruit through the juicer, mix it up, and serve over ice. For us, it makes 4 large (20oz) servings (about 8 cups). This is packed full of vitamins A and C, which are two vitamins I’m often lacking in due to a very poor immune system. It’s absolutely delicious. Sweet and bright and refreshing.
We tend to juice with the season. Right now, mangos and oranges are very inexpensive in our markets. Earlier in the year, it was berries and apples.
Today, we’re going to try to make our own ‘fruit punch’ juice, and I’ll report back with how that goes.