I have author A.K. Andrew to thank for asking me to participate in this blogger project.
Per the rules (see below for all information), I am going to share 7 things about myself:
- Fast typing is a big plus in today’s world:
- I actually like good grammar and tying to write correctly even in 140-character tweets.
- I do not love sending text messages because I cannot type quickly on my phone the way I can on my computer keyboard.
- I do a lot of my writing in my head.
- I read fiction and nonfiction in physical formats and on my Kindle.
- I do not write negative reviews on Amazon.
- I enjoy revising.
Who would have guessed so many years ago when I got a B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University that being a fast typist would make a big difference in today’s blogging world? Especially who would have guessed given that at that time I wrote stories on a manual typewriter with the benefit of zero electronics!
But my parents had insisted I take typing as a teenager two summers in my hometown of Elgin, Illinois, and for this I will always be grateful.
I am a big proponent of learning correct English so that when, as authors, we want to break the rules we can. I was particularly annoyed when I got criticism from an anonymous person who complained about incomplete sentences in my 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist MRS. LIEUTENANT.
Of course I know what a complete sentence is. Those incomplete sentences were part of internal thoughts. After all, most of us do not think in full sentences!
No more need be said about this except do not expect a text message from me.
I have to fit my creative writing time into my blogging time, my online marketing time, my life time. Therefore I frequently visualize scenes in my head — or blog posts — so that when I sit down at the computer I have already “written” much of the material.
I am particularly happy to be reading several books at once, depending on my mood, and going back and forth between a physical book and my Kindle. Full confession: I am getting more books out of the library these days as my book shelves have absolutely no more room. My Kindle, on the other hand, has plenty of room available!
If a book is not good and I have been asked to review it, I will contact the author instead and give my feedback privately. Sometimes I suggest a copyeditor so that the terrific information is not dragged down by numerous errors.
Thanks to the ease of computers (remember those manual typewriters!) I actually enjoy revising — seeing how much smoother I can make my writing at the touch of my fingers. On the other hand, I am not a perfectionist who never lets go of her writing. One needs a balanced perspective of when editing is needed and when editing is completed!
There they are — seven “shares” from me. Now look at the rules below for posts from future lovely bloggers.
- Thank the person who gave you the honor.
- Add the Lovely Blogger Award image to the post.
- Share seven things about yourself.
- Pass the award onto seven nominees.
- Include this set of rules.
- Inform your nominees.
Now here are the nominees I’ll be contacting. Click on their names to get to their blogs:
Do visit the blogs of the above writers. And I hope you have enjoyed this entry in the Lovely Blogger project.
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and the romantic suspense spy story CIA FALL GUY.
She also has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is the co-founder of the online marketing company www.MillerMosaicLLC.com