Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Welsh dreams...

Paul is watching "Penny Dreadful." Timothy Dalton is in the series and I melt every damned time I see him in anything, pretty much. *sigh* Plus, he's Welsh.

In the copy of the genealogical papers I have from the family historian on my birth mother's side, my 9th generation ancestors, William Hughes and (Mary) Molly Daten, married in Surrey, England. Molly Daten was born in Wales and lived to be 87. They had six children: Mary Hughes (1748-1810), Susannah Hughes (1767-1834), Rebecca Hughes (1769-Unknown), Elizabeth Hughes (1774-1870), Moses Hughes (1774-1841), and Milburn Hughes (1776-1867).

I have Scottish ancestors as well (Clan Fergusson and Clan MacNeil of Barra), but I haven't spent as much time investigating my Welsh, Irish, and Northern European ancestry.

After having my DNA test done, there are so many parts that make up the whole. I love this stuff!

Perhaps when I go back to the UK, I can visit Wales and see my friends Gareth Tamplin and Robin James Ganderton.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Important info about me and this blog ;-)

A warm welcome to new followers of my blog. Glad to have you here.

Notice: I'm outspoken, blunt at times, affable most of the time (but do not suffer fools), and am not Christian (a lot of my family/friends are, though).

My most potent weapon are my words and my acid tongue when I get riled over something—Paul can attest to that. He calls it verbal (or written) napalm. I also curse at times and, as a typical Sagittarian sun sign (with a Virgo rising and a Gemini moon), it can be an interesting and oft-confusing ride at times. I often open my mouth (or type things out) without thinking that I might inadvertently offend someone.

One rule I have that will not bend is that this is my blog, and thus is my virtual home. This means I say what I want, post what I want, and do not ask for nor require your approval to share unvarnished, raw thoughts or posts here. If you start problems or attack other commenters here, I will delete your comments and you. So keep things nice and polite. Instead of getting butthurt or stirring up shit with me, it's best to ignore my posts for a while, scroll on by, or unfriend me if you're bothered over something I post. I am who I am and, at 49, I'm not changing who I am to avoid making you feel uncomfortable

Here's what you need to know: I'm an ex-Army brat, a professional writer and editor (17 years as of this month), pagan (for 30 years), pro-choice, pro-gay marriage (I have a gay brother and numerous gay friends who are like family to me), independent liberal (and a proud American!), not big on guns (though if you want 'em, I don't want to take 'em away, unless you shouldn't have them for obvious reasons), love swords/daggers/katana/sharp gadgets, intrigued by Samurai, a Japanophile, into Eastern philosophy/social psychology (I minored in philosophy and majored in communication & psychology in college), curous about what causes abnormal behavior (esp. sociopaths/psychopaths), a nocturnal soul, and a paranormal investigator (for 9 years).

Since I'm a professional copy editor, I do get wigged out over misused apostrophes and misuses of your/you're or there/their, etc. Take it with a grain of salt, though. We all make mistakes; in fact, I make them frequently! Nobody is perfect, after all. ;-)

If you message or e-mail me, I answer as I can. When I'm working or involved in creative projects, I do not answer personal messages or texts until I'm ready. Unless you pay to retain me 24/7, you will have to learn patience *grin* Unless it's bleeding or on fire, or if I'm otherwise engaged, ya gotta wait.

There's more, but that'll give you an idea of who I am and what you should expect. That way if you can't handle who I am, you can run for the hills now! *snicker* Otherwise, I hope you decide to stay so we can have fun and laughs together.

Again, WELCOME!

P.S.—I also know I'm verbose *shrugs*

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Cave of Solitude: Do Not Interrupt!

When I become highly focused on something I'm working on or creating, I get extremely agitated when I'm interrupted in any way (especially if it's trivial stuff). I need my Cave of Solitude time. You've heard of the man cave? Well, I have a woman cave, and woe betide anyone who bothers me. Many times, I don't even want to mess with eating or going to the bathroom, but those things I can't ignore. However, unless it's bleeding or on fire, it's best to leave me alone in my Cave of Solitude until I'm ready to emerge and join humanity again.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Paul's Renaissance Guy blog at Tumblr

Though he won't be updating as frequently as I do, Paul is going to start blogging again over at his Tumblr. He needs followers, so could you please go follow him? Thanks! 


Excessive use of "very' and "just" are two things I see a lot of when I'm editing book manuscripts. In many cases, you should also reduce your usage of the word "that" as well. When possible, opt for stronger nouns and verbs in place of adverbs and adjectives.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pick and choose ;-)

I have three main blogs. Two are primarily writing-related (the oldest blog was established in 2005). In addition, I also have a personal blog.

For writing, reading, book info, and editing tips, go to http://intrepidwordslinger.wordpress.com or  http://elementalmusing.blogspot.com.

For personal posts about life, creativity, art, crocheting, knitting, and miscellanea, visit http://theredmistdescends.blogspot.com.

Read, comment, follow, please ;-) I'd appreciate it! 

Rising from the Ashes

Guest Post: Rising from the Ashes (via http://brendamarroyauthor.com)
My guest post contributor is Bev Sninchak, a veteran freelance writer with 16 years  experience producing content for online and print publications. She writes about many topics related to life and spirituality, as well as covering topics such as 6…

Friday, April 25, 2014

Testimonial from a wonderful editing client

One of the best testimonials I've ever received from an editing client. I'm humbled and grateful. Thank you, Rick Chiantaretto!:

"I have never met Bev in person, but she is more than my editor, she is my friend. Bev took a chance on my writing when I was just out of high school, and now (over ten years later) worked countless hours on my new novel, Death of the Body (Crossing Death #1).

Bev’s work was so good that my formatter asked about her. The formatter was surprised that Bev’s edit extended beyond grammar, spelling, and content editing, and included layout and styling that made the formatting job easy.

The editing was flawless. In fact, any mistake I have since found in the book has been checked against Bev’s original edit, and was introduced to the manuscript after (oops).

Let me give you the best recommendation I possibly can: I wish I could be writing fast enough to employ Bev full-time, chained to a desk, feverishly editing my work, 24/7. I want to keep her fully to myself, way overpay her (she has beyond reasonable rates, FYI), and never let her talents be used for the good of someone else. Ok, ok. That’s only partly true, Bev needs to be shared with the world. As selfish as I would like to be with her time and talent, hire her, and you’ll see what I mean."

To grab a copy of Death of the Body (Crossing Death #1) by Rick Chiantaretto in paperback or on Kindle, click here

Thursday, April 24, 2014

[News] Ladies' Home Journal Ends Regular Publication After 131 Years - Consumer @ FolioMag.com

Ladies' Home Journal Ends Regular Publication After 131 Years - Consumer @ FolioMag.com