10 Famous Quotations That Are Literary Misquotations

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

As Hesketh Pearson put it, ‘Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.’ To see if he’s right, we’ve compiled a Top Ten list containing what we think are the commonest expressions in English which are misquotations of their original literary idioms. How many of these did you know started out as something different? And do you think that they are  still ‘misquotations’, if the phrases go on to gain a new life of their own?

Oh, and have we left off any good examples of literary misquotation?

1. Me Tarzan, you Jane. This line doesn’t appear in any of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original books, nor in the films; it probably arose as a compacting of the dialogue exchange between Tarzan and Jane in the 1932 film Tarzan the Ape Man.

2. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. This translation from Dante’s Inferno – the words are inscribed…

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Every Broken Claw MAGIC OF THE NILE Weekend Writing Warriors

Originally posted on Veronica Scott:

WeWriWa button A fun way to sample new books and find new writers! Here’s the link to the  Weekend Writing Warriors  central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…

MagicOfTheNile_1600x2400So we’ve moved on to the newly Released MAGIC OF THE NILE, which is the sequel to the book I had been sharing excerpts from.  I’ll just jump in with the first eight sentences for now (and have played with the punctuation to make it eight sentences. I think!):

Patience running thin, Tyema tried in vain to focus on the endless details her head crocodile keeper Hotepre was only too eager to share. Proper care for Sobek’s animals was her responsibility as high priestess but the god didn’t expect her to know about every chipped tooth and broken claw.

“Did you want to inspect the new clutch of eggs?” Hotepre asked as they left the pond where promising juvenile…

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My SciFi Encounter Today Is With Nalini Singh

Originally posted on Veronica Scott:

HEA I’m interviewing author Nalini Singh today over at USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog for my “Sci-Fi Encounters” column.  Ms. Singh is at the top of my personal Must Read List and everything comes to a stop in my household when she releases a new book in either series (or a new series LOL). I’m a huge fan of both her Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series, which feature amazing world building. I also have a not-so-secret crush on more than one of her characters LOL.

Heart of ObsidianHeart of Obsidian ( June 4, 2013) was her most recent book in the Psy/Changeling series and over at the HEA blog she gives us a few hints about the next book, Shield of Winter, coming June 5, 2014.  Heart of Obsidian was just nominated for a RITA award yesterday by the Romance Writers of America, so congratulations to Ms. Singh!

And best wishes to all the other…

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Review: Time Management: Create Forward Momentum with Time Management


Something we could all use.

Originally posted on Writing through Rose Tinted Glasses:

Quick review for a quick read. I bought this for just under a dollar at Amazon. I usually like perusing guides on time management, and try to look through various guides to get tid-bits on better ways of using/planning my time. This was, at the very least, a well-presented guide on the matter. Finlayson structures the narrative with some practical tips to keep in mind through each of the dimensions of time management, including its defintions, its detractors (things that interfere with people using their time wisely – in terms of psychological barriers/self sabotage), determining focus, business organization, among a few other short tips. I almost wish it had a few examples of structuring a to-do list among some of the other tips in illustrative examples, but I did like how he offered practical questions in some of the sections to prompt the reader. Just wish it had a little…

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Writing Craft COULD YOU DO WITHOUT ‘COULD’? by Rayne Hall

Originally posted on Writer's Gallery:

In thirty years as an editor, I’ve found the same fatty words bloat the style of many authors.

Here is a notorious, fattening, calorie-rich word: ‘could’.  If you cut it from your diet, your writing style will be come sharper and tighter.

Beginner writers are prone to overusing it. Experienced authors may use it a lot in their

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An Update on the Frozen World of C. Dean Andersson


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Back in July I posted about one of my all-time favorite fantasy series- the Hel Trilogy- written by C. Dean Andersson under the pen name Asa Drake. This weekend I was very happy to find out that Mr. Andersson has just released an omnibus edition of the trilogy called Bloodsong! Hel x3- newly revised and expanded with new chapters- as well as working on a new installment to the series: Valkyries of Hel.  He was also gracious enough to link back to my post in his blog update on the series.  Terry Ervin interviewed him about everything he’s been up to in recent years, which you can find here.

Bloodsong… and Freedom!

A review of the omnibus is at this site, and includes links to two anthologies which include crossover appearances by Bloodsong one of which is with, of all characters, Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion (not Elric).

Feel free to check out Andersson’s webpage for more info on this, his other works and links to his previous blogs.

Bloodsong on Facebook

Hel x3 on Goodreads

Hel x3 on Amazon

Review: Blogging for Dummies 5th Edition

Originally posted on Writing through Rose Tinted Glasses:

Quick review for a quick read. Yeah, I picked this up on a random trip to the library and ended up reading it in a sitting earlier today. It’s a very general introduction to getting your bearings with blogging – from finding hosts to figuring out what content you want to blog about, to general netiquette and finding a following. I didn’t really learn anything new from it, but it was a good refresher. I liked the organization of the text and how easy it was to get pointers for each of the topics as well as follow along with some screens across different platforms. I use WordPress.com for my book blog (and as of February 2014, I’ve celebrated seven years of it being up, though the content has changed quite a bit from where it started).

Overall, I thought it was helpful and I think beginners will find it…

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Polish Up Your Soapbox: How to Rant Without Being a Big Stupid Jerk


Except being a big, stupid jerk is part of the fun- and sometimes necessary to the rant. lol

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

We all need to let off steam sometimes, and what better place than the internet? We certainly advocate for thoughtful, reflective posts, but the odd rant can be a lot of fun to write — and to read.

Can you rant without sounding like a big stupid jerk? You can, with these eight tips:

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I’m Anne Rice, and You’re Not- Pt3: Speaking with Forked Tongue


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Before we return to the topic, I think I should point out something that occurred last week on Rice’s FB page.  On March 17th, the discussion kicked off with yet another rehash of Rice’s jihad against the evils of anonymity (she actually means pseudonymity, but why would an author quibble over using the correct word to get their message across?  More on that another time.)

Pt1Note how towards the end, she urges authors not to sign the petition… because then the public would know who agrees with this crap and might actually decide not to buy their books.  You know- owning your shit… accepting responsibility… freedom of choice and expression?  All that stuff she claims to be defending?  So anonymity isn’t a bad thing unless the “wrong people” (non-authors) decide to use it to protect themselves.  Ok.

Rice once again hits all the catchphrases: anti-freedom expression, anti-free speech, bullies, repression.  Except they’re only aimed in one direction.

Steve Grillot offers up a clear picture of exactly what’s wrong here.  He admits to having family members posting positive reviews for his books (… they’re honest reviews, I swear!), which I’ll remind you that unless they openly stated exactly what their ties to him are this could be a violation of both FTC and Amazon guidelines.  Rice doesn’t think so, though; in fact, this is wholly acceptable to her.

Pt5This is followed by posing the question that the Amazon Discussion Forums should be abolished altogether.  Why?  Because this is about freedom of expression, remember?  How a person could ever think to conflate these two concepts is mind-boggling to start with.  Don’t like anonymous reviews?  Let’s ban all forms of discussion- that’ll teach those reviewing jerks!  So what if every other consumer can’t have a conversation- this is about justice for all!  Or… something.

Pt6@It’s mentioned that the petition has almost 7000 signatures at this point… which is utterly lame given all the exposure it got.  I’ll take that as a good sign.  Plus not only have no truly famous or notable authors come anywhere near it, some of the ones who have signed claimed to have done so more than once- under pseudonyms, naturally- so besides trying to game the system, it means the actual numbers are even less than reported.  Brilliant job all around.

One attempt at reason tries to come through when a poster points out that phony 5-star reviews are just a big a problem as 1-stars.  You can guess how Rice responded to that.  Actually, you don’t- you can see for yourself.

Pt7In plain sight, Rice flatly dismisses the idea of bad 5-star reviews.  Why?  Because it’s all about authenticity- and all 5-star reviews are CLEARLY legit!  And right after someone just told her his family members all gave him reviews.  And no, she can’t believe that anyone’s EVER been deceived by a bunch of false positives into buying something.  Nope.  Not a chance.  Even when it’s explained with the patience of a pre-school teacher, she completely ignores the issue.

Pt8I’m telling y’all: you really, really, really can’t make this shit up.  P.T. Barnum is busting a gut.

Who Is He? PRIESTESS OF THE NILE Weekend Writing Warriors

Originally posted on Veronica Scott:

WeWriWa button A fun way to sample new books and find new writers! Here’s the link to the  Weekend Writing Warriors  central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…

PRIESTESS OF THE NILE was my first published work and MAGIC OF THE NILE is the sequel to PRIESTESS.

You can read the beginning of Chapter One of PRIESTESS here on my website.

VS_PriestessOfTheNileMerys has been tending an abandoned temple of the Crocodile God Sobek and doesn’t realize she’d been talking to him (in his human form and calling himself “Bek”).

Sobek forms a habit of stopping by the beach in the evenings to chat with Merys. He grows ever more attracted to her, she falls in love with him (of course or there’d be no story)…but she still doesn’t know who he is. Isis intervenes with serious threats….but eventually Sobek can’t resist sneaking back to the beach…

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