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  1. That reminds me of when I got my first new car. I just had to drive to Blockbuster and the grocery store. It was essential.
  2. CassieQ

    Who's In Charge

    Great article! I was thinking of my current project while reading this and I have a protagonist that does a lot of "reacting" to things around him while he struggles to make sense of a new situation he finds himself in, but later on, when he takes contol and is in charge...much more impactful and fun to write!
  3. . From Through the Looking- Glass and What Alice Found There.
  4. I thought it was just the name of a poem, I didn't realize it had this definition. That's awesome!
  5. Thanks everyone. I feel a little bit less frazzled now.
  6. I had to do that recently with a book I was reading, and I still couldn't figure it out.
  7. CassieQ


    Interesting start.
  8. Please please please, weigh in here because I feel like I am going crazy. Did something change with the use of the word 'said'? I was always taught that 'said' was like 'and' or 'the', a word that doesn't jump out at the reader unless it is missing. I have let a few people look over the first chapter of a story I am working on and at least 2 of them have been pointing out the overuse of the word 'said". For context, this is a 4700 word chapter, the word said is used 21 times, with other dialogue tags (mostly asked) used 18 times. An example: In this example, during the statement when Salma was telling everyone to relax, I should have used implored instead to avoid the overuse of said. I was also taught not to overuse other dialogue tags when said will work just fine. I feel like I am going crazy cakes, did something change? (I have also decided I'm not letting anyone besides my beta and editors touch my work anymore).
  9. I think it's hard sometimes to be able to tell if you've outgrown something.  If you're more invested on holding onto old memories instead of making new ones.

    (In a weird mood today).

  10. I'm not dismissing it. I'm 3/4 of the way through it and I plan on finishing it.
  11. I am reading a book that is really well written but covers subject matter that I find very upsetting. It's an interesting juxtaposition.
  12. Ways to annoy your PTA #6:  

    Repeat the "time" comment.  

    1. Zombie


      time they took a hike? :funny:


  13. My sister did Keto and found that imitation crab is also loaded with carbs, so stay away from that. I'm a fellow carb lover, so I can't help you with snack alternatives, sorry.
  14. Ways to annoy your PTA #5:

    Me:  How is your knee?

    Patient:  Much better, I guess time will heal just about anything, won't it?

    (Time does aid with healing injuries, but I guess all my treatments, the exercises I prescribed and the activities modifications I recommended didn't have anything to do with it).

  15. Dreamt the world was ravaged by an alien attack last night.  For some reason, the internet still worked.

    1. drpaladin


      Aliens are fascinated by the internet and Walmart. You didn't really think those odd looking characters you see there are all human, did you?

  16. Thanks. They're better than they used to be, but they can still knock me for a loop.
  17. Yesterday's migraine really slowed me down, so I'm taking it easy today. How is everyone?
  18. I grew up in a town that had an okra celebration every year. It was called the Okra Strut.
  19. It doesn't get the respect it deserves.
  20. All these years later and I still remember this story. I might have to read it again!
  21. Came home to find one of the cats had vomited all over my laptop.  

    1. Zombie


      er, isn’t that business as usual for cats? :unsure:  :funny:


    2. CassieQ



    3. CassieQ


      Or it's their opinion on my writing maybe.  :lmao:

  22. Wish there were more replies to this, I think it would be interesting to hear others thoughts.
  23. Nostalgia is such a weird emotion.  

    1. Zombie


      means you’re getting older :gikkle:


  24. Spiders are my number one reason for never visiting Australia.
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