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So glad you and your neighbors and all their animals survived okay, Catroina. We lost lots of our possessions in the Northridge earthquake in Southern California. At first I reminded myself that we were all alive, and that was what mattered. But I did grieve for the loss of some things. Mostly, not the expensive stuff, but the things with the strongest, most emotional memories attached to them. For a long time after, I tried not to attach to things. But I came to realize they're not just objects, they're symbols of our lives and what we've experienced. Important, just not quite as important as people and pets.
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Margie, I'm all for literary license, too. Language does evolve. But when you have to read a sentence multiple times to try to discern its meaning, something is wrong. Good for you for sticking to your standards.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2015 on To correct and serve at My Weblog
Thanks, Margaret. Glad you're on the grammar police side.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2015 on To correct and serve at My Weblog
Amen, Doris Ann. We can be creative, have high self-esteem and write correctly. Learning mechanics doesn't dismantle anything else.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2015 on To correct and serve at My Weblog
Mary, your husband was fortunate to have you editing his writing!
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2015 on To correct and serve at My Weblog
Thanks, Dean & Hank.
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Cathy, thanks for catching that. ;) Oops!
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2015 on To correct and serve at My Weblog
Charlaine, I hear people substitute "I" when it should be "me" all the time, including in TV dialogue. I suspect that mistake has already become an accepted part of the language now.
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2015 on To correct and serve at My Weblog
Elaine, I think teachers have the greatest responsibility to uphold the grammatical standards. If they don't know, who is going to teach the kids?
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2015 on To correct and serve at My Weblog
Ouch, Clive! I agree that writers have to be better, especially when they're producing their own books.
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2015 on To correct and serve at My Weblog
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by Kris Recent events have proven to me that I truly have become an old fuddy-duddy. Well, naturally — it’s self-evident that anyone who could use a prissy expression like “fuddy-duddy” has to be one. I hope you understand that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at My Weblog
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Hank, you are so inventive! Since your books are great, it clearly works!
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2015 on A novel's hardest part at My Weblog
Kait, I've had to get rid of my first opening, too. But I figure that's fine if it gets you to where you need to go. I'm glad I'm not the only one who suffers openings.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2015 on A novel's hardest part at My Weblog
Kathryn, while the middle isn't my hardest part, I feel my way through middles, too, so I do understand where you're coming from. But it sure feels good when you get past your hardest part, right?
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2015 on A novel's hardest part at My Weblog
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by Kris Neri In a recent interview for an online magazine, the interviewer asked me which part of a novel I found the hardest to write. I could have interpreted that “hardest part” in a variety of ways. I could... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at My Weblog
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by Kris Neri Malice Domestic 2015 starts today! I wish I could be there, but, sadly, I won’t make it this year. The best part of any mystery convention is always catching up with old friends, and especially, making sure... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at My Weblog
Susan, I'm so sorry! A census is the one "survey" it's important to fill out in detail because that determines how government money is distributed. Bummer!
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Hank, I always wonder if anyone ever wins those promised prizes, too. I suspect that's all a come-on to get us to provide them with information.
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Elise, I'd forgotten about the doctors, dentists, and car dealerships. You're right -- they're sending them, too. You're probably right about not filling them out as well. If we're not on their radar, they can't continue to harass us.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2015 on Survey madness at My Weblog
Karen, they may have started out on the right footing, and maybe companies like Cincinnati Bell did use them well, but it doesn't seem like we're seeing that today. They have become as abusive as spam. If you send the envelope back empty, they may send you more!
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by Kris Neri Sister Femme Elaine's recent post (Be Well) really struck a cord with me. The hoops major corporations make their employees jump through annoys me to such an extent, I need to rant about it, too. The craziest... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at My Weblog
Welcome to the Femmes, Shannon. Locale is important to me, too. We came to Sedona and the Verde Valley in Arizona ten years ago, and we're still thrilled we did. Thanks for being with us today.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2015 on Location, location, location at My Weblog
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Posted by Kris Neri Today, I'm happy to welcome to the Femmes Fatales my friend, Shannon Baker. Shannon is the author of the Nora Abbott mystery series from Midnight Ink, a fast-paced mix of Hopi Indian mysticism, environmental issues, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at My Weblog
Elaine, I'm so happy for you and Don and Mystery! Our dog Annabelle has been in remission from lymphoma for five years now. Her only side effect was to lose eyelashes that grow so long, we have to cut them. But they grew back. We put the treatment on a credit card that we're still paying off, but we're not sorry. Every day is a miracle. I'm glad you're having your miracle, too!
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2015 on The 12-pound Victory at My Weblog
Catroina, you're right. We do need to make dialogue approximate the way people actually speak. And starting a sentence with which -- what a fresh choice!
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