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Words That Don’t Mean What They Originally Did

Words That Don’t Mean What They Originally Did

Words and their definitions change all the time. Sometimes we try using a word in a different way, or in a new context, and it ends up sticking. Ask any linguist, and they’ll tell you that the definition of a word is only accurate if that’s the way people are using it.
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“Butterflies” is the Latest Release From Hallard Press

“Butterflies” is the Latest Release From Hallard Press

Miami poet Ron Feldheim is the author of a new “chapbook’ from Hallard Press: Butterflies, Snowbirds, and Passions: Poems and Fantasies. A chapbook is a small publication, often poetry. (Ron’s book is just 67 pages.) In early modern Europe a chapbook was a type of printed street literature.
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BookExpo2022 Cancelled

BookExpo2022 Cancelled

COVID THREAT CANCELS BOOKEXPO2022For the second year in a row the Covid pandemic has caused the cancellation of the Central Florida BookExpo. Linda Lee Keenan, president of the Writers League of The Villages announced the news late on Friday.“Due to the increase in cases of the virus in Florida, the WLOV Board has made the…
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Why is Mama a Baby’s First Word?

Why is Mama a Baby’s First Word?

Despite different languages and cultures, there are several words that are the most common for babies to say first. What makes these words likely to be a baby’s first?
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Prepping Your Manuscript for Formatting and Publishing

Prepping Your Manuscript for Formatting and Publishing

How do I format my manuscript for publishing? We often get this question. So we compiled five tips to make it easier for your publisher to format.
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Hypercorrection

Hypercorrection

English grammar has a lot of conflicting rules, in part, because it borrows from so many languages. Those conflicting rules can sometimes lead us to overcorrect or hypercorrect when writing or speaking. Here are some common hypercorrections and learn how to avoid them.
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Stay Computer-Savvy with Nine Techie Terms

Stay Computer-Savvy with Nine Techie Terms

Language is constantly evolving, but nothing speeds up the addition of new words to the dictionary as technology. A few decades ago, “mouse” and “web” meant a rodent and a spider’s creation, respectively.
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Indie/Self-Publishing Outlook for 2022

Indie/Self-Publishing Outlook for 2022

The POD/Ebook revolution continues into 2022. Along with three predictions for self-publishing in 2022.
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Winter Weather Words

Winter Weather Words

From arctic blasts and snow squalls to freezing drizzle and cold snaps — there are countless ways to describe winter weather conditions. Here are seven frosty weather terms you may not know.
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It Ain’t a Gift If It Costs Me Money

It Ain’t a Gift If It Costs Me Money

It’s not a free gift if it costs you money. Free means free! Three maxims when offering free gifts.
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How Much Do You Know About Ambigrams?

How Much Do You Know About Ambigrams?

An ambigram is a relatively new calligraphic tool. It is a word or phrase that is intended to be read in either of two ways (by flipping it or rotating it) and can have the same or a different meaning depending on the type of ambigram.
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If nobody reads what you’ve written, does it make a sound?

If nobody reads what you’ve written, does it make a sound?

What are the big picture qualities that make a good written piece—article, story, essay, blog, or whatever? One that will get read. Here are three overarching qualities that, in happy combination, make for good writing and good reading.
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5 of the Most Common Comma Mistakes

5 of the Most Common Comma Mistakes

The comma is a tiny punctuation mark that packs a lot of punch. Commas separate parts of a sentence, such as clauses or items. They can indicate pauses or just help to clear up the meaning of a phrase.
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Are You Using Too Many Adverbs?

Are You Using Too Many Adverbs?

Adverbs are an essential part of speech, but sometimes we may be guilty of overusing them. Used excessively, these little modifiers can clutter up your writing and make sentences sound redundant.
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These Words Were Born in Your Favorite Literature and Poetry

These Words Were Born in Your Favorite Literature and Poetry

Sometimes, words you read are not considered real words yet. A word gets added to the dictionary based on the popularity of its usage. Here are eight words that did just that.
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Opinion: License to be Stupid

Opinion: License to be Stupid

The silliness of some licensing regulations and suggestions for other licensing regulations.
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How Did The Months Get Their Names?

How Did The Months Get Their Names?

The names of the months were set in Ancient Rome, some 2,000 years ago. They went through a few changes in those earlier days, and there are clues that allude to that in the current names. As with most things in the ancient world, some months were heavily influenced by the gods, and the rest…
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Character Development

Character Development

Create characters your readers want to follow through the end of your story. 20 steps to write better characters.
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Innovative Ways to Market Your Book

Innovative Ways to Market Your Book

Have you ever thought of creating a video to market your books? Well, Marsha Shearer and Barry Robbins, not only thought about it, they did it. Click Below and enjoy the two minute clip.
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Contronyms You Use Every Day

Contronyms You Use Every Day

Words with multiple meanings for the same spelling and pronunciation are called “homonyms,” but there’s a special class called “contronyms.” A contronym is a word with multiple meanings that are the direct opposite.
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