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A New List Of Old Words

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             It wouldn’t be another year if we didn’t come across lists of new words, something I discussed when the year was new. But what about old words? Now I’ve also found a list of words that at least one expert (insert air quotes here) believes should be retired. Next week, maybe I’ll find a list of annoying writing habits (such as the overuse of parenthesis).            One that made the list is the word “huge”, not because of the word itself but because of the way…See More
9 hours ago
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My Writing Process Blog Tour

I was invited along on a blog tour ride by my writer friend Mari Collier, who was raised in Iowa and yet isn’t dull at all. Thanks for the extra work, Mari – sheesh. But anyone who writes SF, historical fiction, and humor is worth the effort. She now lives in California, yet isn’t strange at all.https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4618494.Mari_Collier/blog Unfortunately, due to finalizing the details on The…See More
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proof of The No-Campfire Girls

            The first proof copy of The No-Campfire Girls is in!            (Yes, we finessed the title again, don’t judge me. In the previous working title, the comma wasn’t doing it.)            It looks really good, thanks to editor/designer/layout guru Emily. She’s making a few minor changes and ordering another proof version, then it’ll be readied as an e-book and off to the printer for … I don’t know how many copies. Guess I should figure out how many people will want a first run copy,…See More
Apr 11
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Laughing At Cancer

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARKI can make fun of anything. It’s my job. For instance, last July, as we stood on a scenic overlook over the Mississippi River in Missouri (you can’t look at the Missouri River in Mississippi), I got a phone call to tell me my father had cancer.Um …Okay, I can’t make fun of everything.My Dad had a long, six month fight that wasn’t much fun for anyone, especially since he’d been diagnosed with a type of cancer that has a poor prognosis. (As opposed to a poor proboscis, which…See More
Apr 9
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Writing Process blog tour

Check out Mari Collier's Writer's Process Blog Tour -- mine's next after hers. https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/6040086-my-writing-process-blog-tour Now I just need two or three writers to come after me ... if you're interested, let me know!See More
Apr 6
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It Will Be A Dark And Stormy Night

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              I’ve been complaining about winter weather in a lot of my columns, so I thought maybe it was time to complain about something else:             Spring weather.             Yes, spring will arrive this year, or so they tell me. March is the traditional Hoosier changeover time (yeah, it’s April now, let it go), which is another way of saying we can have a snowstorm one day, a flood the next, grass fires the day after that, and an ice storm during basketball…See More
Apr 2
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Bobbing For Fire

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             After three decades as a volunteer firefighter, I … hurt. A lot, especially when it’s cold. Recently I’ve been seen wearing a sling, to let my arm heal after I bent an elbow the wrong way. (I don’t really need the sling—it’s to keep me from reaching for stuff with my bad arm.)            Bob Beckley was already an old timer (or so my 18-year-old self thought) when I joined. He just hit his 40th year.            Bob Brownell was just given his fifty year…See More
Mar 26
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A Chocolate Lover's Worst Nightmare

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             There are a lot of things in the world we like, but could live without. Our favorite TV shows, for instance. Sports teams, coffee (!), videos of cute kittens, even the internet.            Okay, maybe not the internet, now that we’re hooked.            But there’s one thing most of us really can’t do without, even if other people think otherwise. Something that makes the world go around (metaphorically … who knows, maybe literally). Something that, if lost,…See More
Mar 20
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Mar 14
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Singing The Snow Blues

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK Okay, okay, we get it: Mother Nature’s in charge.Back in 1978 I wrote in my high school paper that I got cabin fever and opened a window, only to be buried in a collapsing drift. My attitude toward winter hasn’t changed. Winter itself did for a while, taking a temporary break … maybe vacationing in Siberia. Now it’s back, and as sometimes happens when people return from a break, it’s back with a vengeance.(When I get back from vacation, I just want more vacation.)We got…See More
Mar 13
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Mar 9
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The Crystal Leather Anniversary

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             It occurs to me that this column comes out on March 5th, my third wedding anniversary.            And by “occurs”, I mean my wife reminded me.            As I wrote a few years ago, it wasn’t supposed to be our “real” wedding. Our intention was to get married here in Indiana, then have a bigger celebration in her home state of Missouri. The first wedding was exactly the kind most guys want: Get it done and over with:            “Mark, ya’ll wanna?”           …See More
Mar 5
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TLhe Horrors of Holiday Food

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             People, we need to talk about holiday food.            I know what you’re thinking: “The holidays are over! Don’t make us rehash holiday hash!”            Yeah, well, these days you’re never far from the next holiday. We have to nip this problem in the bud, before we’re all eating rosewater Valentine soup.            (Yes, I’m late posting this column. Like the TV networks, I dropped everything important and fun in favor of the Olympics.)            It used to…See More
Feb 27
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Girl Scout Story blurb

I foolishly asked everyone to vote on a title for my “Girl Scout” novella without actually telling anyone what it was about! So here’s a quick blurb, which might very well find its way to the back cover:             Fifteen year old Beth Hamlin is horrified to discover her beloved summer camp must go without campfires this year, thanks to the fire hazard from a drought. At first she and her friends try to perk up the other campers, but Beth isn't one to just sit (or swim, or boat, or horseback)…See More
Feb 25
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What do you call a Girl Scout story with no Girl Scouts?

            Okay, so this YA “Girl Scout” novella I’ve been working on is almost ready to go, and it has no Girl Scouts in it.            (That’s for legal purposes. This organization is my own invention, and the fact that some of the proceeds are going toward the Girl Scout camp my wife worked at is completely coincidental.)            So, since the Girl Scout story has no Girl Scouts, I should probably give it a title. I brainstormed, writing down a list of a couple of dozen potential titles,…See More
Feb 24
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Former Olympic Events Left Fans ... Confused

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARKI won’t dwell on the problems with getting the Sochi Winter Olympics ready in Russia, mostly because I dwelled on those last week. Instead, let’s look at some past Olympic sports that are no longer in the games.Most recently, baseball and softball were pulled from competition. The American women dominated in softball, while in baseball Americans … well, they only got three medals in five tries. The Cuban team grabbed the gold. There’s not much else to do in Cuba, except…See More
Feb 19

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About Me:
My novel, Storm Chaser, was released by Whiskey Creek Press in June, 2012. Next May I have a short story collection coming out, and I have a humor column, Slightly Off the Mark, published in three northeast Indiana newspapers.
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A New List Of Old Words

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

 

            It wouldn’t be another year if we didn’t come across lists of new words, something I discussed when the year was new. But what about old words? Now I’ve also found a list of words that at least one expert (insert air quotes here) believes should be retired. Next week, maybe I’ll find a list of annoying writing habits (such as the overuse of parenthesis).

            One that made the list is the word “huge”, not…

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Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:30pm

My Writing Process Blog Tour

I was invited along on a blog tour ride by my writer friend Mari Collier, who was raised in Iowa and yet isn’t dull at all. Thanks for the extra work, Mari – sheesh. But anyone who writes SF, historical fiction, and humor is worth the effort. She now lives in California, yet isn’t strange at all.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4618494.Mari_Collier/blog

 

Unfortunately, due to…

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Posted on April 14, 2014 at 7:01pm

proof of The No-Campfire Girls

            The first proof copy of The No-Campfire Girls is in!

            (Yes, we finessed the title again, don’t judge me. In the previous working title, the comma wasn’t doing it.)

            It looks really good, thanks to editor/designer/layout guru Emily. She’s making a few minor changes and ordering another proof version, then it’ll be readied as an e-book and off to the printer for … I don’t know how many copies. Guess I should figure out how many people will…

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Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:00pm

Laughing At Cancer

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

I can make fun of anything. It’s my job. For instance, last July, as we stood on a scenic overlook over the Mississippi River in Missouri (you can’t look at the Missouri River in Mississippi), I got a phone call to tell me my father had cancer.

Um…

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Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:00pm

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At 3:54pm on July 18, 2013, Maria Behar said…

You're very welcome, Mark!!  Great stuff!!  : )

At 2:17pm on September 20, 2012,
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Sally
said…

Hey there..! :)
Welcome to bookblogs..! I just stumbled upon your profile..! 
I would really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog @http://readingwithanacrasia.blogspot.in
    P.S: Please do leave a link to your blog so I can follow you back :)
thanks <3

At 11:34am on September 23, 2011,
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Samantha Jillian Bayarr
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Welcome to Book Blogs!

Please visit my blog to enter my latest giveaway for my one year Blogoversary!

I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and 10 kindle copies of my new ebook, The Anniversary.

http://livingstonhallpublishers.blogspot.com/

Good Luck!

Have a great day,

Samantha
At 4:33pm on September 10, 2011, violet barton said…
I'm violet welcome to book blogs, I would love to follow you, hope you follow me too...
I know your going to enjoy this site so much.  And if your interested you can check me out at:

violetb69-chocolateandbooks.blogspot.com
and also,
http://ghostsareallaround.blogspot.com/
At 7:37am on September 9, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…
I hear you on pictures, believe me - which is why mine is a goofy one rather than an attempt at serious!  :)
At 12:08am on September 7, 2011, Intoxicated by Books said…
Hi! Welcome to book blogs! I hope you enjoy the site and all of the AWESOME people here! I would like to invite you to visit my blog at http://intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com/ I have a giveaway going on right now as well as some tours available for readers. I also have a promotion page available for authors.Christina
At 11:10am on September 6, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…
Someone else just told me they had trouble with that too - mine worked pretty predictably, but I did it a while ago so am not sure I know how to help...  Sorry!
At 11:25am on September 5, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…

Welcome to Book Blogs!  I'm rather new myself - still figuring things out, but so far have been quite pleased with how much support/feedback/help are available...  If there's anything I can help with just let me know - I can't promise answers (well, I can technically promise answers, just not that they are correct/useful - teehee), but I've managed to pick up a trick or two that I'm happy to share!

And if you have a second, please stop by my blog - www.Jill-Elizabeth.com - I'm always happy to get comments or new followers!

Best of luck to you - 

jill-elizabeth

At 7:58am on September 5, 2011, The Coffee Bar said…
You're welcome for the welcome, Mark! :-)
 
 
 

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