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Revising The Virgin Goddess of the Hunt

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The Virgin Goddess of the Hunt available on:
Google Docs
Wattpad

I have completed my second review of The Virgin Goddess of the Hunt. In this chapter, a group of mobsters decides to lean on the Grand and discover what happens when guests have a chance to play.  John is also involved in a break-and-enter.

There were 486 modifications made to this 17 page chapter. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad have the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, feel free to make use of this capability.

6 Hard Truths Every Writer Should Accept

A friend passed on this Writers Digest article about 6 Hard Truths Every Writer Should Accept and mentioned there should be a seventh.  For them —you’re not half as awesome as you think you are— is a lesson all authors need to know.

The list of truths is as follows:

  1. It won’t be your first novel.
  2. First drafts always suck.
  3. Your husband, mother, sister, best friend, co-worker or the neighbour who is a high school English teacher does not qualify as a critique partner.
  4. Your journey will not be the same journey as your peers.
  5. Being good isn’t good enough.
  6. Pay your dues.

Personally, I do not agree with a couple of the points made.

Pay your dues

In all industries there are people that are so well connected or at the right place and time that success is immediate. For some people, easy is the only path they follow since they have never tasted hard.

Sure there are always challenges, since those are inevitable in life.  However, one cannot help but wonder if some people are playing the game of life on easy, while others are on nightmare mode.

Now should we plan on such an outcome?  Hell no!  But it’s not a universal truth.

Your husband, mother, sister, best friend, co-worker or the neighbour who is a high school English teacher does not qualify as a critique partner.

I disagree with using people to critique who are not writers.  We all have a voice and it may click well readers (those who buy) and not other authors.  Another author may be experienced in writing a novel, but not work for what you have in mind.  Again these are not universal truths.

A good example of this I found while reading a National Post article titled Why America’s greatest humorist was Mark Twain in public and Samuel Clemens in private.  A quote from the article makes my point:

He (Twain) thought little of George Eliot or Henry James, two novelists still considered first-class, but he often praised the books of his friend William Dean Howells, who is now nearly forgotten.

mark_twain_underwood_1907_33433512Mark Twain was an icon who had tapped into the nerve of the literary public and yet denounced authors who made it.  It could have been personal, it could have been style, but his praise or scorn did not determine their place in history.

My friend commented that there are folks out there who are well schooled in certain genres and are willing to beta-read.  It could be just a matter of it being a hobby or even their passion.  Getting another writer you are chummy with is also asking for trouble, since its like asking a friend to say —tell me I’m brilliant.— That may not be your intention, but that’s how they will probably take it.

You’re Not Half as Awesome as You Think You Are

Likely one of the most poignant truths any author can discover.  However, this particular author may have assumed that such revelations need to be made by the author.

Do Not Capitalise Internet and Web Anymore

According to poynter.org, the Associated Press editors have decided that Internet and Web shall no longer be capitalised.  They have recently updated their style guide and felt that these words were now generic.  Their decision was also closely aligned with a growing tend to leave them all lower-cased.  Agree?  Disagree?

Personally, I disagree.  Normally words become generic when they are applied to other brands of the same product.  Xerox, Kleenex and Jell-O are notable examples of this, their trademarks became commonly used terms.

Does this apply to the Internet?  When you sign up through your local provider do you subscribe to an internet or the Internet?  Do you have a choice?  Are there multiple global interconnected networks that are ubiquitous?  I know of none, do you?

To me, it makes senses that Internet remain capitalised since it is an entity.  We may not think of it and many have no idea how it works, but does that matter?  Either way, what is done is done!

Though this should provide more ammunition to Grammar Nazis! The horror!

Revising One Flight Over

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One Flight Over available on:
Google Docs
Wattpad

I have completed my second review of One Flight Over. A story which revolves around Edward Locke and his complicity with the events surrounding the hotel.  John also meets up with Eleanor and leaves him baffled yet again.

There were 370 modifications made to this 11 page chapter. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad have the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, feel free to make use of this capability.

Pâté Chinois a l’Aile

Garlic Shepherds Pie

Pâté chinois is a French Canadian dish similar to Shepherd’s Pie. It is made from layered ground beef, canned cream corn, and mashed potatoes on top.  This recipe is a variation that infuses the dish with garlic, you can vary the amount of garlic in the dish if you prefer a more subtle effect.

Pâté chinois is not Chinese cuisine. One theory is that dish was introduced to railway workers by Chinese cooks while building the railroad.

Ingredients

Ground Beef Layer

  • 1 pound (450g) of lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) of butter
  • 1 small onion (50g) chopped
  • 3 to 6 cloves of garlic (5 – 10g) pressed
  • ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Corn Layer

  • 19 fl oz (540 ml) of cream-style corn

Potato Mash

  • 1 pound (450g) of potatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons (15 – 30g) of garlic butter
  • ¼ cup (60ml) of milk

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. Melt butter in a pan then place ground beef, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high until the meat is golden brown.  Drain meat then layer on the bottom of a baking dish, pack it down lightly until layer is uniform.
  3. Pour cream corn into baking dish, cover ground beef layer uniformly.  Be sure to leave a few tablespoons of cream corn for later.
  4. Peel and chop potatoes, then boil until they  break apart by pressing against the side of the pot.
  5. Drain water then add garlic butter and milk.  Mash until you have a smooth mixture.  Spoon mashed potatoes into the baking dish, adding the third and final layer to the dish.
  6. Use remaining cream corn to cover the mashed potatoes.  This will prevent the potatoes from drying up in the oven.
  7. Place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes to heat up concerts.  Comes out ready to serve.