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25
Jan
12

Regurgitation Wednesday: How do you Space?

Welcome Back to regurgitation Wednesday and today we are going to attack the idea: how many spaces goes after the period before the start of a new sentence. Depending on your age, I’m sure some of you all took a keyboarding class or two. If not I’m sure you have used a typewriter before the fancy dancy computers came along.  In the good old days, two spaces were the norm, because of the font typewriters used, it helped to visually see where a sentence began and ended. So we adopted the two space rule.

But with everything, times have changed. In E-Publishing the rule is one space after the period. And this comes partically from formatting issue when converting files into publishable formats that we all love to read on our readers. Not only does it come down to a formatting issue, it comes down to the font issue. With technology, comes change. Now we have multiple readers, multiple fonts and multiple hands changing the details. We no longer need the extra space for our eyes to distinguish sentences.

Try this challenge, ask those around you… how many spaces do you put between sentences? You’ll be surprised. More than surprised. The reason for this regurgitation topic came from my RWA chapter loop buzz. This weekend one of the members sent a link to a wonderful article on the dreaded space question and oh my, my, my did it cause a flurry of emails. All good.

We have multi-published authors in our group and they all had different ideas on space. Most in the e-publish arena use one space, and most with the traditional use two. One just had her rights reverted back to her books so she can now put her back list up as e-books. She had to take all the extra spaces out of her novels.  As you can see the issue that enslues because more and more publishers have e-book clauses now. And to have e-book formatting you’ll need a single space. You could just image the emails. Whose doing it wrong and whose doing it right… Well once again it will depend on the Publisher. In my experience with e-publishing I’ve had to take out all the double spaces after the period. Typically you can find and replace the spaces with the edit function in the most software. And then, train yourself not to add the extra space. Try as you might, but try.

Here are two websites that just get the conversion going. Enjoy.

Thank you for regurgitating with me, come back the next topic.

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18
Jan
12

Regurgitating Grammar Sites

Over the years, people have asked where do I brush up on my grammar? What really is passive voice, show not tell and where or where do you put the comma? Really does it matter?

Yes, it does. You really want an active voice, honesty pick up your favorite fiction books most of them if not all of the books are written in active voice, because let’s face it active voice is just so much more interesting.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

Showing is just better than telling , because let’s face it we don’t want the author to tell us how the characters are felling. We want to see it on the page.

Commas?

Should we put it a comma before the “and” in a series or not… this is style. Each publisher has a different outlook on commas just as each author does. If all else fails… keep it consistent.  If you add a comma in a series before the “and” then make sure all series commas in your manuscript match.

But please oh please, make sure you place the commas in their proper grammatical location because as the picture dictates above, using a comma can save a life. 🙂

When you fall into questionable areas, here are my go-to, must have grammar sites:

We are all human, just trying to understand our language enough to share a fictional story with the world. Keep it consistent, follow your targeted publisher’s submission requirements and follow your gut. Stay tune for the next regurgitation thought of the day. Happy typing.

16
Jan
12

2012 Here I come

Long time, no write. Wow, what a year 2011 was, it had up and dooowwnnns. But now the tides of time have washed 2011 and brought 2012 in, a new year and a new day. Since I had to put many things on hold this past fall, I finally got out of my funk and attended a Writer’s Meeting. I attended a CNYRW meeting on the nudging of my good friend. The meeting added to my resolve that it was time to get writing again. So a new year, a new me and a new book., that ‘s right a new WIP.

So my resolution this year is an easy one. I resolve to write more, to take better care of myself and family, and to remember to live life day by day.

How am I going to achieve this, you may ask?
For writing more, I joined a book in a week on-line group through my local RWA chapter. Once a month we focus on writing goals for a whole week, this should get my gluteus maximus in a chair and my phalanges to the keyboard. I’m here writing! 😉 My goal for January is a blog a week, just to get back in the swing of things.

For being better to my body, I’m back at the gym. When I was active at the gym, my favorite class was Spinning. I loved cycle class! The great music and the workout always helped me hone in on my novels, putting scenes in my head and getting the adrenaline pumping. I’m taking it slow, working up to my spinning class by cardio, and more cardio. This week will be cardio and weight training, maybe I’ll put on Spinning class in the mix. And to remind me eating isn’t just about whatever is on the counter should go in my mouth, I joined Weight Watchers because I’m worth it.

For living life day by day. I’m working toward enjoying my family more. Trying to get all my projects and activities done by the time the door swings open.  All things are possible and if I focus on all of us together, the memories will inspire me to put one foot in front of the other. It’s the little moments, sitting down together at the dinner table or listening to my pre-teen ramble on about the trial and tribulations of her daily life.

It’s time to let the snow fall and the inspiration sing. Here’s to a new year and a new me.




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