Shannon Stacey

Archive for July, 2008

Shan vs. Word Grammar Check

Just for shits and giggles, I sicced Word’s hideous grammar checking function on Becoming Miss Becky. Not because any publishing professional on the planet should use it, but just to amuse myself. And possibly you.

Shan: Lethal and lawbreaking men made a sight more sense to him than dimpled, dark-eyed women, that was for damn sure.

Word: Change women to woman

New Sentence: Lethal and lawbreaking men made a sight more sense to him than dimpled, dark-eyed woman, that … Read More »

Then she did edits, and then she grabbed Prince Joe

Angie told me last night she’d be posting a video for me on her blog today. Having received edits for Becoming Miss Becky that pointed out my raging case of an-den-dinitis (pretty much, if I didn’t start a sentence with “then”, then it’s a compound sentence joined by “, and then”), I was expecting a movie clip. You know the one…an den?

It’s not, and OMG, it made me drool. But…I no can has one. :(

An den…

I’m … Read More »

If you thought I was kidding about playing in the mud

My Rincon…

…and my dog.

(Note: Mini doesn’t ride with us…yet. She’s muddy because her four-legged family camps next to us and her big sister rolls her in the wet grass, then rolls her in the dirt road—like breading fried chicken.)… Read More »

Putting down the shovel

I write scenes all out of order—always have and, no matter how hard I try to be linear, probably always going to. It’s a pain in the ass sometimes, but never like with DG3. The last third—totally done. The first two-thirds—so riddled with plot holes, I’m surprised poor Gallagher didn’t break a leg stumbling through them all.

Scrapping and rebuilding the original hole-riddled plot was tough, because any new plot had to blend seamlessly into the final third. I finallyRead More »

Growing disconnections

I was part of a conversation the other day during which mention was made of how few people are commenting on some blogs nowadays.

I blame Giselle Google.

Okay, well to be more specific, I blame readers/feeds/whatever you call them. I started subscribing to blogs with Google Reader a while back and I love it. I really do. Especially when I’ve been up north and I’m way behind. But, because I’m not on the actual blog, I seldom comment because … Read More »

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