Language Pet Peeves

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ignorance

Misuse of the word "ignorant" to mean rude or gross or anything other than unknowing. I know the language is alive and evolves, so if people are going to use it this way and understand it, I shouldn't care, but I picked it up from a teacher in middle or high school and now every time I hear it misused I cringe.

ig·no·rant

   /ˈɪgnərənt/ Show Spelled[ig-ner-uhnt] Show IPA

–adjective

1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.

2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.

3. uninformed; unaware.

4. due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.

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15 Unforgettable Books

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Meme x-posted from facebook

Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I’m interested in seeing what books my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your 15 picks, and tag people in the note – upper right hand side.) Anyone else who wants to play along, please do.

1. The Giver, Lois Lowry
2. Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
3. The Night in Question, Tobias Wolff
4. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
5. Boneshaker, Jan Beatty
6. Show and Tell, Jim Daniels
7. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
8. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
9. Autobiography of Malcolm X
10. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie
11. I’m a Stranger Here Myself, Bill Bryson
12. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
13. The Odyssey, Homer
14. City of Glass, Paul Auster
15. The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan

The World Would Be a Better Place If…

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342/365 – My Fake Plastic Love

It’s pretty simple, but the world would be a better place if we could all just mean what we say and say what we mean. My friend Rhoda has a blog about relationships, and she knows the key to successful relationships is authenticity. This works in small scale and large scale relationships…a husband and wife or two heads of state. We try to keep ourselves so separate in our little bubbles and since we can’t see into anyone elses bubble, we don’t let them see into ours. Me, I strive for authenticity all the time. I present myself as I am. The only times I struggle with authenticity is when I don’t want to disappoint someone. But usually it’s better to be straight with them from the start if you can’t do something or don’t want to do something rather than hedging around it. So I mean, I could say the world would be a better place if there was no war or hunger or other big things, but I think from this small seed of authenticity, everything else would spring. But it’ll probably never happen that ever single person would completely say what they mean and mean what they say, and how would we know it for sure if it did, we are so used to artifice.

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A Stoic Quote

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“Learn to wish that everything should come to pass exactly as it does,” – Epicetus

Even though Epicetus was a Stoic philosopher, this quote embodies much in Zen Buddhism and even in the Abrahamic religions. It’s about something bigger going on that we may not understand. The Stoics believed in fate, but they also believed humans are responsible for their own actions. Trying to control what is uncontrollable and neglecting what is within our power to control are both causes of suffering. These are things I try to keep in mind everyday. When I am aware of it, it makes life so much more enjoyable as I can be free just to “go with the flow.”

Not a Classic

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Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a f

Having my degrees in Creative Writing, it is somewhat embarrassing to admit that none of the books I have read over and over again are considered "classic." But the books I read over and over usually fall into the category of "summer reading," light, entertaining, characters to get involved in, a good story. One book I haven't read in a long time, but remember reading at least three or four times is _Wings_, by Danielle Steele. I used to enjoy Danielle Steele romances before she got a ghost writer. Anyways, Wings is epic in terms of it's scope of time. It follows the main character, Cassie O'Malley, from childhood to later adulthood. She becomes a pilot and is in love with an older pilot family friend she's known since she was a child. I suppose this appeals to me as I have always been interested in older men. The oldest was 26 years older than me! Cassie's true love, Nick, ends up flying for the RAF during WWII. So it's a historical romance!

Forcing Myself to Submit

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Wow, that title sounds like this post should be about BDSM. For those of you arriving here after a keyword search for that, I do apologize. I don’t have anything against role playing, but this is hardly the place for it. Hahaha. No, this is about forcing myself to get my poetry out there. My brother asked me: “Have you been writing creatively,” and I quickly answered yes. But when he asked if I had been sending stuff out the answer was “no, not since everything I sent out last was rejected.” I strongly dislike submitting my poetry for publication, but no one is going to do it for me, so I have to keep it up. If you’re going through something similar (i.e. procrastinating/dreading sending out), here are some easy steps to how I did it:

Step 1: Visit the New Pages Call for Submissions and/or Dutrope Digest.

Step 2: Research titles with upc0ming deadlines. Visit websites, archives, try to get a feel of what they’re looking for.

Step 3: Look at my own poems, decide what could be a good fit with applicable journals.

Step 4: Compile documents, following guidelines. For example, Juked prefers rtf files, some require specific formatting.

Step 5: E-mail submissions.

Step 6: Document on spreadsheet to keep track of where what was sent, estimated response time, and follow-ups.

Yesterday, I submitted two poems to two different themed anthologies, one about dogs at Salmon Poetry, and one about childhood in Ohio. I submitted three poems to BlazeVOX; three poems to Paradigm Journal; and five poems to Juked. Fingers crossed, but I’m please that I’m sending poems out again. I really do want people to read them! The moral of the story is, if you want your work out there, you’re the one who has to get it out there!