Extra-Ordinary

And here I thought, I was the only one who thought this way about extraordinary!

Inkcouragement

Has anyone else ever been confounded by the word ‘extraordinary?’

For years, I’ve wondered just how on earth that word could mean what it does. Extra… ordinary?

As in, ordinary x2? As in, the most ordinary person in the world because they’re ordinary to the nth degree?

This is dictionary.com’s meaning of ordinary:

or·di·nar·y [awr-dn-er-ee]
adjective
1. of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional: One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.
2. plain or undistinguished: ordinary clothes.
3. somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre.
4. customary; usual; normal: We plan to do the ordinary things this weekend.

So based on these descriptors, wouldn’t something or someone who is extra-ordinary be even more boring, commonplace, plain, normal, etc. than something/someone who is merely ordinary?

I know, I know, the origin of the word means something different. It has a Latin base (of course), extra ordinem, which means ‘outside the…

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Writer and Word

The struggle between a writer and his words!

Live from the Lexicon

So this post is a day late, which has become a bad habit despite changing the scheduled day that I post for Live From The Lexicon. Maybe the following poem will shed some light on the sometimes tortured relationship that takes place between writer and word.

When there came the words to me
I wrote them down to set them free.
They despaired they could not stay
Clung to shadows, hidden away.
I assured them they’d return
And met again reluctant spurn.
I called upon the coax of muse
Whose beckoning they did refuse.
I left them with a paper host
Which they feared, as if a ghost.
I wished them well, if not goodbye
For in my mind they multiply,
Until they overpopulate.
I seek for them a kinder fate
For voice unbidden of a word
Will not be abide to be unheard.

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The Author Delusion: Your Book is FREE!

Pirating books! Stealing is stealing, no matter how you do it.

S.K. Nicholls

Piracy-150x150 I am pounding away at my WIP. I would like to put another book out there at some point.

As an independent author, I am reminded of garage bands in the sixties through the eighties, strumming and banging away…hoping to be that next great band.

That was all before internet.

That was before you could download any song out there on your computer.

Musicians went through an angry phase, where they seriously resented the pirating and file sharing of music. There were lawsuits all over the place. Napster, developed by John and Shawn Fanning, released initially in 1999, in particular, became the target of a serious lawsuit.  The downloading of MP3s was credited for ushering in the downfall of the album era. The bottom line is: NO royalties were ever paid the artists.

Along with the accusations that Napster was hurting the sales of the record industry, there were those…

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Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune! On Sale Now!

(Going to try this again, first reblog attempt did not work)

Check out the newest book in the Legends of Windemere series. I’ve only just found this set of books, part way through the first one. I’m enjoying it immensely and plan on picking up this newest installment up today.

Legends of Windemere

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune has Arrived!!!

Buy it Here for $2.99!

Book Blurb:

The magical adventure continues after Luke Callindor and his friends recover from their battles in Haven.

Nyx still has nightmares about casting the genocide spell in Hero’s Gate. Every night her heart is gripped by the sensation of hundreds of goblins dying by her magic. By the request of Lord Highrider and Duke Solomon, she is returning to fix the damage she caused. With Luke Callindor and Sari by her side, Nyx is ready to face the vengeful goblins and opportunistic thieves that plague Hero’s Gate. Yet, there is a darker threat that was born from her violated magic: The Krypters.

It is another action-packed, character driven story that will reveal one of our heroes has been lied to for their entire life.

Wondering what you’re in for?…

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Five Fascinating Facts about Douglas Adams

One of my all time favorite series (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)! Check out these fun stats on the author – Douglas Adams.

Interesting Literature

1. One of Douglas Adams’s early jobs was as a bodyguard to a Qatari family of oil tycoons. He also had a job cleaning a chicken-shed at one point. The ‘eureka moment’ for  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy came when he lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria in the early 1970s. At the time he was carrying a copy of  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Europe with him, and it occurred to him – as he looked up at the stars – that ‘somebody ought to write a  Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’.  It took a few years for the idea to take shape, but in 1978 the radio programme made its debut. A trilogy – comprising, as trilogies don’t tend to, five books – followed. If you want to see an interview with a young Douglas Adams talking about the series, there is a great Youtube clip of Adams being interviewed on the…

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Top Ten Things Not to Do When Getting a Negative Review

I’ve been seeing a couple of different blogs touching on reader/writer wars over reviews. Check this top ten out on what not to do in response to those bad reviewers. Maybe it will help you keep your sanity.

Fiction Favorites

Here is the 36th installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at http://1writeway.com and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at http://johnwhowell.com. These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

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Top Ten Things Not to Do If Your Book Gets a Negative Review

10.  If your book gets a negative review, do not read the review, especially if the rating is one star.  At best, the reviewer will admit the review is based on having read only a couple of pages of your book and you can chide yourself for even bothering to read one word of the review.  At worst, you will read the review so many times  you can quote it by heart, begin to believe it, and eventually get one star tattooed on your back to atone for imagined errors in your…

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Dawning by Olivia Stocum

Book review of a good book.

Rosie Amber

Dawning: Historical Romance Dawning: Historical Romance by Olivia Stocum

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set in Scotland in 1599, Dawning is a historical romance. Triona MacAlastair fell in love with Ronan at a tender young age. Now they are older she has eyes only for him. But Ronan wants land, money and respect before he will feels worthy of Triona.

She must let Ronan go and waits everyday day for his return, but after 4 years of waiting she begins to wonder if he’ll ever come back. Triona finds comfort in another, but still yearns for her man.

Rumours spread of a warrior known as Blackhawk and Triona’s father seeks him out to protect Triona when her life becomes endangered. The path to love is never smooth and Triona battles with herself and the men in her life, will she ever be able to capture and keep the one she truly desires?

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Never Ask a Reader About Their Favorite Book

What’s your favorite book?

Johnny Reads

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It seems like a simple enough question when you ask, but can turn into a whirlwind of things for the person who is trying to come up with an answer. Because any person who has read as few as fifty books will likely struggle for an answer. Here’s what would happen to me if asked about my favorite book.

The first thought to enter my head would be the list I keep of my top/ favorite books read. It’s a list in the ballpark of 150 books. I would think of the top five. The top five includes Michael Connelly, Suzanne Collins, T. Jefferson Parker, Marcus Sakey, and Eric Nylund. Three of these authors are crime novelists and two are not. I would think back to each of the books and decide that it’s near impossible to pick any one over another, no matter how I have…

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