Shannon Stacey

The Midichlorians shift

I was hugely surprised to find out my friend, Emma, has turned to the Dark Side. That’s right…she’s now an editor! She must have donned the Spanish Inquisition costume, because I didn’t see that one coming.


But seriously, I thought—in addition to my congratulations :cheer: and best wishes :kiss: —I’d offer Emma some advice as she goes into this new endeavor:

1. Commas are like coffees—no such thing as too many.

2. Overuse of the em dash is a sign of a brilliantly talented writer and should be encouraged.

3. Picking one word and using it nineteen times in three paragraphs—totally on purpose. Honest. It’s emphasis.

4. If you should discover the hero has three hands during a sex scene, just slap a paranormal label on it. It’ll sell better anyway.

5. All sentences should start with and or but.

6. All dialogue should start with so or well. Seriously.

7. Overuse of the words just and simply come under the heading of artistic voice and should be ignored. (Yeah, Angie doesn’t buy that, either.)

And because Emma and I have known each other a long time, this one might not make sense to y’all, but…

7. Don’t spit coffee on your keyboard when your editorial comment WHY? comes back with a response of WHY NOT?


5 comments to “The Midichlorians shift”

  1. Shannon
      · January 31st, 2008 at 11:08 am · Link

    :devil: Been awhile since we’ve seen the taser.


  2. Emma Wayne Porter
      · January 31st, 2008 at 11:06 am · Link

    Do you think BECAUSE I SAID SO is an appropriate response?

    Yeah. Me neither.

    *dusting off the taser*

    Anyway, thank you. I like my new grindstone :devil:

  3. Ann
      · January 31st, 2008 at 10:58 pm · Link

    A friend of mine has a bumper sticker that reads “Come over to the Dark Side…We have cookies”. :coffee:

  4. Heather Rae Scott
      · January 31st, 2008 at 11:36 pm · Link

    :clap: :clap: That was perfect, Shannon. We must be sharing the braincell because I was just thinking about why I didn’t want to watch LOST or get hooked on television in the first place. It was because you guys were far more entertaing than the tv. I miss the old days. I got more writing done and at the same time :lmao: til I cried.

    Thanks for givin’ Emma da :rulez:

  5. Rhonda
      · February 1st, 2008 at 1:25 pm · Link

    So I test the water and venture out :crazy: into blog land which I don’t do very often and this is what I find. :rofl: Congrats :cheer:

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