Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday Roundup

Only two weeks left until a really, really BIG announcement from IWSG. This is a really exciting venture and you might want to be part of it. But you have to wait until the first Wednesday in September to find out what it is. If you aren't a member, hop over to the sign up page and become one.

Do you ever write something and wonder if it should be capitalized? When I write my resume, should I capitalize Master in Health Education or not? Not. Check out this quick lesson on capitalization by Annie Tucker and see if you're doing it right on She Writes.

It's never to early to think about Christmas gifts. Here's a post on BuzzFeed with some ideas for the book lovers you know. And my birthday is in November if you see something you would like to send my way. I'm liking the Harry Potter toy made by PinaFlora and sold on Etsy.

You know I like stats and one of the things I've mentioned before is what a big share of the book purchasing market romance owns. Romance consumers read a lot of books. Sometimes many per week. So when ideas like a subscription service for books were rolled out, the creators didn't consider the voracious appetite of those faithful romance readers. Check out this article on how Scribd and Amazon are scrambling to make the service work. One cut the number or romance titles it carries and the other fixed it by paying authors less. Ouch.

This coming weekend, I'll be enjoying my daughter's last weekend at home before she starts her senior year at Boston University. She's busy applying to grad schools, working on her thesis and looking forward to those last wonderful semesters with her friends. My husband is very excited as football season rolls closer. We go to the local high school games because my son coaches and it's fun to watch him in that role.

So do you always know when to use capital letters? Looking for Christmas lists yet? Have you tried a book subscription service? Plans for the upcoming weekend?

32 comments:

  1. Love that BuzzFeed article. So many cute gift ideas!

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    1. Yeah, get some for yourself. You deserve it, Heather.

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  2. Christmas. I can't even think about that yet.
    However, I am ready for football season.

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    1. My husband can't wait for college football to start. He likes it better than the pros.

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  3. I'm with Alex re Christmas...but I am going to check out that link, more for me than for anyone else. :)

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  4. #hangsheadoncapitalization Totally. No, never tried a book subscription service. Christmas? When my kiddos were younger I'd be all over it by now. With them older, I tend to wait.

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  5. Christmas shopping I'll have done in October. Romance sure owns a big share indeed.

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    1. Pat, I thought you might be shopping for next Christmas.

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  6. Someone was going off about Hallowe'en which I thought was way too early and you are talking about Christmas. Oy vey.

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    1. lol, I know, Jo. It's way too early for me.

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  7. M/ mom had two friends who read one to two harlequin books a day. So, haha Amazon, but boo paying the writer less.

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    1. I had an aunt who used to read one per day. It could get really expensive.

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  8. I think I'm pretty good about when to use capital letters, but have to stop and think sometimes about whether to capitalize or not. Looking forward to hearing what is going on with ISWG; sounds intriguing.

    How exciting for your daughter and her senior year! Hope it is a good one for her!

    Can't believe anyone would be thinking of Christmas presents already :)

    betty

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    1. Every time I think I know about capitalization, I learn something new.

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  9. I am all set for Halloween and I love Christmas as well. Fun stuff. And I am thinking of gifts, sure thing. Enjoy your baby girl time.

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    1. If I could cook and bake like you, I would make all my Christmas gifts. Cookies and breads for everyone.

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    2. I wrote a new bake today and it needs another draft. Just like word writing, sometimes I have to do several drafts.

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  10. Ooh, big announcements are always fun.

    I think it stinks that they're either cutting romance titles or paying the authors less. How typical to punish the authors. Good luck to your daughter! Make sure she has some fun in between all that studying.

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    1. My daughter is really good at balancing fun and work. Yeah, the writers always get socked.

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  11. I always struggle with capital letters, too, so thank you for the link! And good luck to your daughter!! :)

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    1. I get confused about it sometimes especially when one of my editors says one thing and another something else.

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  12. I think I know which things to capitalize and then I mess up with directions: south, north, east, west. It's my own special geographic and capitalization challenge.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your daughter. Every moment is precious the busier and older kids get. Mine are still in high school but I feel like that because they are so busy.

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    1. My kids were really busy in HS too Tyrean, but I was so busy being busy with them that I didn't notice. When they're at college, they're being busy on their own.

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  13. Don't know about book subscription services but I've belonged to many a book club in the past. When I was in high school I belonged to 3--all from Doubleday. They had required monthly purchases so I really built up my personal library between those mandatory purchases and all the specially priced books they offered.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I always wanted to join one of those book clubs, Lee, but my parents wouldn't let me.

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  14. That Harry Potter doll is so cute! I should start thinking about Christmas. Though a lot of birthdays in my family are in October and November. I'm always trying to think of something for my mom other than clothes, jewelry, and pictures of my son!

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  15. Have a great weekend with your daughter!

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  16. I wish I could write romance but I just can't. I've never enjoyed reading it and could not write it even if I wanted. But nice for those who do!

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  17. Enjoy your last few days with your daughter home. I'm gearing up for my oldest's birthday and the beginning of school. Christmas? What's that?

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  18. I just read The White Spider of Savignac, a historical romance by V.L.Smith. Excellent read. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm off to find out about capitalization. Thanks!

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