__word crimes by weird al yankovic


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I’m not a grammar nazi. Maybe it’s because I know I make mistakes all the time? I’m sure there are mistakes in the post. I think in professional work, it’s necessary to write well. I like when I see well-written status updates but to be honest, I don’t think less of people because of their ability to spell or use grammar. Some people don’t care. Some people hated school. Some people didn’t get the same educational opportunities. For many people in my social circle, English is their second language. In casual social-media settings, as long as I can understand you, I’m happy. But I sure do appreciate someone who knows how to write English properly.

I found this video by Weird Al Yankovic hilarious (he’s been making a whole bunch of new songs recently, it’s great!) and had to share. We may have some readers who hate word crimes with a passion and can relate. Even as someone who is relatively lax, I found myself laughing.

Warning: the damn catchy tune of ‘Blurred Lines’ is the musical backdrop. So you may have that tune stuck in your head for a while! I’m just glad I can enjoy this song without thinking about the original horrifying lyrics.

What did you all think? Did you find it funny? Do you hate word crimes or are you pretty chill about it all?

- Ermisenda

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver


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(Delirium #1)

by Lauren Oliver

genre: dystopian, YA

Delirium had everything that should have made it a five star book: amazing writing style, interesting plot. So why did I give it 2 stars? I finished 4 or 5 books since starting Delirium and at the romantic high point, I didn’t cry (the end of the world is near).

Synopsis from Goodreads

DeliriumNinety-five days, and then I’ll be safe.
I wonder whether the procedure will hurt.
I want to get it over with.
It’s hard to be patient.
It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet.
Still, I worry.
They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness.
The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.


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__picture it & write


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I urge people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (provide a translation please :) ). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

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by Robert Carter

I stared at the middle aged woman. She was pretty, but she looked weathered. Large bags hung beneath her eyes. Her face looked permanently creased from worry. She stared at me with her eyes glistening.

“Hey,” she said softly. I didn’t know who she was. I just stared at her. Who in the world was she?

“Should I know you?” I asked, leaning back in my chair.

As she took a deep breath and briefly closed her eyes, a tear ran down her cheek.

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__graphic design giveaway


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Previous winner's book cover

Second winner’s book cover

I’m launching another graphic design giveaway! All you need to do is be part of the ErmisendaDESIGN’s Facebook page.

So, what’s up for grabs?
You can win a free graphic design service (valued over $200) of one of the following:

  • Book Cover
  • Blog Banner
  • Facebook Cover

While I have a page full of free book covers, having a uniquely tailored quality book cover for your novel is the ultimate for any author. The winner could be you! The blog banner and Facebook cover do not have to be book related. I can design your banner for a cooking blog or a cover for your landscaping business page on Facebook. I can fulfill virtually any graphic design request!

Click here to enter!

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Book Review: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris


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Red Dragon
(Hannibal Lecter #1)

by Thomas Harris

genre: horror, thriller, mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads

red dragonWill Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him. But to do it, he must feel the heat of a killer’s brain, draw on the macabre advice of a dangerous mental patient, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and follow a trail of microscopic clues to the place where another family has already been chosen to die–and where an innocent woman has found the Dragon first.

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__ermi reads her old HP fanfiction


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YES! Okay. I wrote a lot of Harry Potter fanfiction back in the day. And it was so fun. But finding my old stories has proved both nostalgic and cringe-worthy. I think all writers go through this. We slowly improve (hopefully) and when they look back at our old writing, we shudder at how many mistakes we’ve made, how cliche our stories and characters were, and find oodles of things we would fix if we were to rewrite it.

But rather than just experience the pain and embarrassment by myself, I decided to take the opportunity to make another YouTube video for those who would like to hear one of my old Ron/Hermione romance fanfics.

Have you read one of your first writing pieces recently? What did you think? Were you laughing or cringing or impressed? Was it a fun experience or full of too much embarrassment?

- Ermisenda


Picture it & Write


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Welcome to the Picture it & Write creative writing exercise. I invite people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

Vintage Upcycled Turquoise Blue Syroco Style Mirror


Are you more motivated by the carrot or the stick? With so many of us preferring positive incentives to negative consequences, why is it that we like to beat each other down, to shame ourselves as an incentive for change? How many of us have looked in the mirror and been our own worst critics?

I’m fat.

I have crow’s feet.

I thought I would outgrow acne by now.

My eyes are uneven.

My ears stick out.

Is that a grey hair?

My eyebrows are too bushy.

We tear ourselves down and then use criticism and bullying to try to make others fit into the mold we’ve created in our mind. I don’t like hairy legs, so you should shave. don’t like grey hair so you should dye your hair. You need to loose weight. You should wear makeup, change your clothes, pluck your eyebrows, etc. etc. etc. Everyone has an opinion of how others should lead their lives.

It’s time we looked at ourselves in the mirror and changed the way we speak to ourselves. Maybe then, we will change how we speak to others. It’s not wrong to want to improve yourself. Instead of “I’m fat,” look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I want to be healthy. I want to be strong.”

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

Picture it & Write now supports The Girl Effect, a movement empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty in their communities, countries, and world. All profits from the publication are donated to this cause.

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Book Review: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


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I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

by Malala Yousafzai

genre: memoir, YA

Synopsis from Goodreads

i am malalaI come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

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__three words to avoid when writing


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When we write we all have our problem words we have to watch out for. For me, I have a terrible habit of using ‘suddenly’, ‘began’ and ‘started’. Suddenly pulls the reader out of the story and doesn’t create immediacy (which is what I want it to do), it’s a short cut that isn’t very good. The words began and started are words that are delaying action. Rather than saying ‘it started to rain’ just say ‘it rained’. It creates a stronger and richer story. And I know these things but it’s so hard to catch ourselves sometimes. Yay for editors!

Other common words to avoid include: then, in order to, very, really, like.

What are your problem words that you know you should avoid in writing but often struggle to do so?

- Ermisenda

Book Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne


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The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

by Kevin Hearne

genre: urban fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads

Hexed by Kevin Hearne

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty–when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

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