Sunday, September 30, 2012

Word of the Day: Indolent

*Sigh* I guess you have come here to find out what today's word is? You did...oh boy...Jeez I'm really not feeling it today. So lets find out what...Oh never mind our word is indolent and this is what Merriam-Webester.com has to say.
Indolent \ˈin-də-lənt\, adjective;
1a :causing little or no pain
1b :slow to develop or heal
2a :adverse to activity, effort, or movement: habitually lazy
2b :conductive to or encouraging laziness
2c :showing an inclination to laziness
Yeah you know the drill, go out... share the word... indolent...blah, blah, blah. Leave comment... yadda, yadda, yadda, down below. Thank you.

Top 10 Best Selling Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels







Top 10 Best Selling Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels (Amazon.com)
1. A Dance With Dragons - George R.R. Martin
2. Angelfall - Susan Ee
3. A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
4. Beyond The Veil - Quinn Loftis
5. The Same Earth - Elizabeth Hunter
6. 11/23/63 - Stephen King
7. The Force of Wind - Elizabeth Hunter
8. Something Witchy This Way Comes: A Jolie Wilkins Novel -   H. P. Mallory
9. A Fall of Water - Elizabeth Hunter
10. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Word of the Day: Catholicon


So Mr. Reader what seems to be the problem today. You say you have a mild case of low vocabulary. Well I think I just might have a little something for that. Let's look here in Dictionary.com and see if we can't come up with the cure. It says here you need a catholicon.

Catholicon \kuh-THOL-kuhn\, verb;

1 :A universal remedy; panacea.

You make sure to take this catholicon twice a day and if you have a questions please call. Also make sure to share with those come into contact with. And please leave us a comment down below. Thank you. 

Poetry Special: Robert Frost's A Late Walk



A Late Walk
By: Robert Frost
When I go up through the mowing field,
The headless aftermath,
Smooth-laid like thatch with the heavy dew,
Half closes the garden path.

Friday, September 28, 2012

MAGICAL BLOG

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A Magical World


By: Michala T
Although I never searched for a camel...this little picture reminds me of what it was like for me when I was a young one. I walked to the library in the little town I grew up in nearly everyday and I would reach worlds in which I was too often told I was to young or I wasn't capable of grasping, or worlds where I wasn't allowed. I read about the mafia, about serial killers, about sexual escapades, about detectives, about women who cheated on their husbands and vice versa, and so much more. I was not stuck at one particular age in the library. Instead I was allowed to be the detective. I was allowed to follow the murderer and witness how they killed. I was allowed to take part in the adventures and journeys of so many others even though I was, at that time, stuck in my very dull life in a small town without even a McDonalds! I went into the library knowing that on that day I was going to enter a magical world. And today...that truth continues on.

Word of the Day: Dearth



Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Do come in dear readers. We seem to find ourselves in a right state today. It seems like we have missed placed a whole stack of words and that we are running low. To tell the truth it looks like that we are down to just one word today, dearth. Let us see what Merriam-Webster.com can tell us about this word.


Dearth /DERTH/, noun;

1 :scarcity that makes dear; specifically: FAMINE

2 :an inadequate supply: lack

So good readers go out into the world and trade today's word, dearth, with all those you run into. Hopefully we can build back up our stocks of words. And please make sure to share with us down in the comment section. Thank you.  

Site Review: Anglophenia


By William G. Muir
Time to break out the tea and crumpets, turn on the telly and watch the Queen speech on the BBC. That's right loyal readers it is Friday and that means it is time for me to review another blog. This week I will be looking at the Anglophenia blog that can be found at BBCAmerica.com.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Top Ten Highest Paid Authors of 2011


1.       James Patterson

2.       Danielle Steel

3.       Stephen King

4.       Janet Evanovich

5.       Stephanie Meyer

6.       Rich Riordan

7.       Dean Koontz

8.       John Grisham

9.       Jeff Kinney

10.   Nicholas Sparks

For more information on these writers including how much money they made visit this link:

Word of the Day: Existential


Now brother and sister readers it's time for us to get in touch with our inner selves. So let us all take a deep cleansing breathe. There you go, breath in and now breath out. Good. Now let us turn our minds inward, shall we. You must concentrated...that's it focus your energies. Today we are going to summon up the wisdom of Merriam-Webster.com to find out what we can about the word existential.

Existential /eg-zis-ten(t)-shəl, ek-sis-/, adjective;

1 :of, relating to, or affirming existence

2a :grounded in existence or the experience of existence :Empirical

2b :having being in time and space

3 :(translation of Danish eksistentitiel and German existential) :Existentialist

Ok, everybody shake that off. Now don't you all feel so much better for having gotten in touch with the inner you? Did you feel your mind expand as you let the knowledge from the cosmos in. Make sure to share with all those you meet today the joys of being existential. And please make sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments. As always, thank you. 

My Little Corner of the Intertubes: Timing


By William G. Muir
What role does timing play in that which we write. Does holding off a day or two offer us ideas that we would not have thought of only days before. Or would we have written the exact same thing no matter what day it was. How much of what is going on around us while we are banging away at the keyboard influences what we have to say.


Is timing everything?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Word of the Day: Interrobang



Readers are you ready for today's word of the day? Where shall we look for today's word? Should we look in Merriam-Webester.com? Interrobang looks like a good one, how about we see what it means?

Interrobang \in-TAIR-uh-bang\, noun;

:a punctuation mark ‽ designed for use especially at the end of an exclamatory rhetorical question.

So now that you know today's word are you going to go out and spread it around? Will you leave us an example of how to use it in a sentence? Thank you. 

What they said: Fantasy




I don't think, generally speaking, people become writers because they were the really good, really cool, attractive kid in class. I'll be honest. This is our revenge for people who were much better looking and more popular than us. I was a bit like that, I suppose.”
Steven Moffat

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Passionate Creatures


I saw an image while surfing (the net) that reminded me of those little refrigerator word magnets. You know the ones I’m talking about right? The set of like a hundred words that you placed on your fridge and you could create notes, poems, phrases, ect…


Yeah…those. (Laughing) I can’t remember ever owning a set myself but when I lived in Seattle, I visited of gal-friend of mine who’s roommate was very meticulous about her fridge art. I mean this girl would not go to bed without creating a new ‘masterpiece’ for the next day. I am curious how she went about choosing what to post every day.

Building On A Dream

 By: Michala T.                                                                                       
 
 
 Dreams can lend a writer some very inspiring tools to write with. There have been many times where I was stuck on a scene or a chapter and not be able to write for quite a while. Then low and behold, I awake from my sleep having dreamed the perfect scene or emotion which I needed to complete (or sometimes) begin my writing with.

Sometimes it comes in a roundabout way. I will dream about being in a car wreck. I can’t use the car wreck in my dream…especially if there are no cars around. However, I may have felt lost in my dream. Or I may have been terrified. I’ll go and look at my character and apply the feeling of being lost or terrified. And then I ask myself why does that character feel lost or terrified. And then I build onto those questions.  Emotions carry over into the scenes I write quite often.

R U Friends With Adverbs?


Which word in the line “Drive slowly in a fast car and let the adverbs fly,” is an adverb?

A. slowly
B. fast
C. fly

Answer
Slowly” is the adverb. It modifies the verb “drive.” “Fast” is an adjective that modifies “car.” “Fly” is a verb.

Word of the Day: Privity


Dear brother and sister followers, you are among the select few. You have been gathered here to witness this solemn occurrence. Now let us look into the venerated text known as Dictionary.com and turn to today's secret word.


Privity \PRIV-i-tee\, noun;

1 :Participation in the knowledge of something private or secret, especially as implying concurrence or consent
2 :Private or secret knowledge
3 :(Law) The relation between privies
4 :(Obsolete) Privacy

Now brothers and sisters it is time to go out among the masses. But make sure to only communicate this knowledge with the others of the chosen. Make sure to leave us your secret sentences.

Tuesday Photo


Once again dear readers it is Tuesday Photo time. Tell us what this photo makes you think of. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

I NEED YOUR IMPUT!!!!!

 How Do You Combat Writer's Block?


(That is....if you believe in it?)

The Devil...He Thrives

By: Michala T

Writing a novel sucks sometimes. It’s definitely not ‘fun’.  There are so many elements that the writer must be consciously aware of…all while trying to craft a masterpiece.

The grammar and punctuation are just the basics. I am by no means an English teacher and even with spell check…I’m still suffering at the hands of some perfectionist who is only going to call me out on all my mistakes. And that drives me crazy. I mean I notice when people use the wrong words, or misspelled words. Here instead of hear, there


Word of the Day: Kitsch


Ladies and Gentlemen please gather around and make yourself comfortable. Today we turn our Ipads towards that chronicler of the English language, Merriam-Webster.com, to find today's word, kitsch  

Kitsch /KITCH/, noun;

1 :something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality

2 :a tacky or lowbrow quality or condition.

Dear friends when you leave hear to head out among the rest of society, please find a way to work kitsch into your rap. And as always make sure to leave us your very own usage of the word down in the comment section. Thank you.


Opinions/Rants/Raves: Torture Edition



By William G. Muir
It's amazing the kind of responses you receive on the internet these days, especially on Facebook. A while back I had posted a story to a Facebook group that I belong to. The story involved a white male,Walton Henry Butler, who had been shouting “racial slur” towards a group of African-American kids. After being informed about this, one of the fathers, Everett Gant, went to talk to Butler about the situation. According to the police Butler then shot Gant, closed the his door, called 911 and then went back to finish his dinner. During the police interview Butler said he had shot a n****r and acted like it was no big deal.

What HE Said

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Word of the Day: Pharisaic


It's time to search through the scrolls and find the word for today. As is written in Dictionary.com:

Pharisaic /far-uh-SEY-ik/, adjective;

1 :Practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct withot regard to the spirit; self-righteous; hypocritical.

2 :Of or pertaining to the Pharisees

Go forth and spread the good word of today with all those you meet. Please make sure to share with us your own testament of how you would use the pharisaic. Thank you.

My three favorite book series


By William G. Muir
Every time I finish a book a melancholy feeling falls over me. A sadness begins creeping into my soul. Never have I felt this way after watching a tv show or movie. After viewing these two visual art forms I am almost always left feeling joyful. But not so with a book. As I close the covers for the last time it is almost as if I have lost an old friend. There is so much more of an active role that one engages in when reading a book. You become part of the story as oppose to just being an outside observe as you are when watching either a tv show or a movie.

Sunday YouTubing

 
 

Sunday's Magical Blog!!!

Today's Magical Blog Award goes to www.theoatmeal.com
 
The site needs no further explanation beyond screaming aloud in a million different languages....
GO VISIT THE SITE!!!



Saturday, September 22, 2012

What THEY Said


“Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.”
Francis Ford Coppola
 
By: Michala T.

When I was a child I wrote as a child. I had a child’s passion for whatever I was writing. I believed in magic happening all around me. No…wait. All that is just bull!

I was writing dark and depressing things from the time I was 10. My poetry consisted of death, dying, pain, addictions, diseases, and so many other things. Truly, there was no magic in my life. I had the drive to write what I desired to write but I don’t know if I had that intense passion needed to create something on a large scale.

Poetry Special: Rudyard Kipling's If


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

Word of the Day: Emolument


Gather around kiddies your friends here at Bite My Book have brought you another installment of Word of the Day. Today's word is emolument and Merriam-Webster defines it as:

Emolument \ih-MAHL-yuh-munt\ noun
:the returns arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites
So now be good little girls and boys and run off and try out emolument when talking with all your friends. And do make sure to leave us an example how you would use the word in the comments. Thank you.





Site Review: Cracked.com

By William G. Muir
Are you looking for something to do while you are suppose to be working? Are you sitting at computer thinking that you would rather be doing anything than staring at another spreadsheet? Well my friend do I have the perfect way for you to be more productive at work. First thing you need to do is checkout is Bite My Book, leave a comment and make sure visit our Ultimate Fun page. There you will find a chance to win a prize. After doing all that you should head on over to Cracked.com. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday photo

 

My Crazy Life



So I’ve been struggling with trying to juggle the new routine. With school back in for all of my children I have really kind of lost control of any resemblance of routine in my household. It seemed like so much came towards me all at one time. I picked up a few writing gigs, reviewing books for my site as well as another site, while trying to manage a successful blog site all while working on my novel. It’s a bit much but nothing I haven’t been able to tackle before.

The problem is I am trying to tackle all this with the onset of a new school year. My body clock was so used to sleeping in late unless I had to get up early for my job (which was only once or twice a week).


Word of the Day: Orphic

Once again it is time to dig thru the dictionary and see what word we come up with. Today's word comes from Merriam-Webster.com, Orphic.


Orphic \OR-fik\ adjective

1 :of or relating to Orpheus of the rites or doctrines ascribed to him

2 :of, relating to, being, or resembling an oracle :oracular, mystic

3 :fascinating, entrancing

As always find a way to work this into your conversation today and please leave us an example in the comments. Thank you. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Top Ten Lists For Writers


David Letterman’s famous Top Ten lists are a staple of his Late Night Show. I came across a great Top Ten list in a Twitter feed from Writer’s Digest magazine. Brian Garfield wrote the list, Ten Rules for Suspense Fiction, in a 1973 Writer’s Digest article. The list reportedly paved the way for John Grisham to write his breakout novel, The Firm.
Here are Garfield’s top ten rules for suspense fiction:
  1. Start with action; explain it later.
  2. Make it tough for your protagonist.
  3. Plant it early; pay it off later.

Word of the Day: Hustings

Gather round dear followers, it is time once again for the word of the day. Today's word comes from Dictionary.com, hustings, which they defines as the following.

Hustings /HUHS-tingz/ noun:

1. The political campaign trail. 

2. (Before 1872) the temporary platform on which candidates for British Parliament stood when nominated and from which they addressed the electors.

3. Any place from which political campaign speeches are made.

4. Also called husting court. A local court in certain parts of Virginia. 

So go forth gentle readers and find a way to use this word in your conversing today.  And please leave us an example of how to use hustings in a sentence in the comments. Thank you. 

My Little Corner of the Intertubes, Book It! Edition.


Today I want to give a shout out to the Pizza Hut reading program Book It! Now I am old enough to remember when this program began back in 1985. Back then I was in the fifth grade and up to this point I had made the occasional trip to the library to check out a book. Usually it was something like a collection of Peanuts cartoons or books on such things as movie monsters. I really wasn't all that into reading for the pure pleasure of it back then. When I checked out a book I wanted something that full of pictures that didn't have to many words.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Self-Helps Are Hurting You!

By: Michala T.

What is getting in the way of writing that story?
Is it all the time you spend in the library/bookstore picking and choosing what the next creative writing self-help book you are going to spend your time behind?
I probably could have written a score of novels in the time I spent reading “how to write a novel” kind of books.
And with the internet…it is easy to never begin (or finish) that novel because of all the self-help sites and YouTube videos you are watching.
Do you really want to write something? Then quit reading about how to write it and just start writing. And then write on it every day. Don’t let your inner critic tell you how shitty it is. No one is going to read it right now anyway. The important thing is to get it out of you first. Then and only then should you start tackling the ‘grammar funks’ and ‘plot issues’ and ‘character disorders’ that may exist.

Word of the Day: Tincture

Once again it is time to be interactive, dear followers. Today's word is tincture. Mearriam-Webster.com defines tincture as:

Tincture: /TINK-cher/ noun:

1. color, tint

2. a) a characteristic quality: case
    b) a slight admixture: trace

3. a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent

In the comments please leave us an example of how tincture can be used in a sentence.

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Head like a Black Hole...


By: William G. Muir
What do you do when you don't know what to write? What do you do when you stare at a blank piece of paper and the words just will not come? Over and over again I write letters on the page hoping that they make some kind of sense, but they never do. Why do they not make sense? The letters appear to spell out words. The word seem to form sentences. The punctuation is all seems to be in the correct spots. I can see that I have formed what appears to be paragraphs. But somehow it just does not make any sense.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

There Is A Reason For This...


For those who don't get it....enjoy the laugh. :)

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!

 
 
 
This site has created a nifty way to celebrate the art of poetry.
If you or someone you know writes poetry I suggest you share this site with them.

Off With Their Heads!

Make Your Writing Better

By Michala T.
 
Do you know how many times you use words that hurt your writing? Take a look at a piece of your writing. Are there extreme uses of a particular word. Like "that", "and", "but", and other repetitive words. Take them out. Off with their heads!

What about those descriptions you thought so hard to come up with? Really, do you honestly have to describe them THAT way? Isn't that a bit overdone?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Finding the Diamond in the Rough


By: Michala T. 
Writing great pieces of creativity sometimes happens by chance. However most of the time it is a process. For those who decide they want to write there must occur a time of enduring THE GAP. This gap is essentially where you write your stuff and it isn’t all that great, but that’s okay. You are striving to create good quality stuff. And sometimes you even produce a piece here or there where you are absolutely certain it’s one of those great pieces. But most of the writing is only going to be okay, having the potential to be great.

Just like anything in life, writing good quality stuff takes hundreds, thousands,

Sunday, September 16, 2012

What road will you travel?


By William G. Muir
Different people write for different reasons. Everyone one of us that sits down with a pen in hand, or who bangs away at the the keys on a keyboard has something to say. Whether it be through a blog, a pamphlet, a poem, a short story, an op-ed piece, a letter to the editor or a novel; we all have a need to get what in is heads out to the world. We rent our garments, we fill our lungs and shout out for the world to take notice of us.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Our Heroes

By William G. Muir


The topic of heroes has been on my mind of late. Maybe this has to do with the fact that the anniversary of 9/11 has just passed. A sad reminder of all those that risked their lives, even gave their lives, on that tragic day. It could be because the Olympics took place this year, and the world turned into see these young men and women realize their life's dream. Could be that this is an election year and the Party Conventions took place recently; that meant people who had worked their whole lives for the public good were paraded before us on a nightly basis. Or it could be that my alma mater, Charlestown High School, crushed their opponents at last nights homecoming football game.

Honoring the Music

"The Book Of My Life" By Sting

Let me watch by the fire and remember my days
And it may be a trick of the firelight
But the flickering pages that trouble my sight
Is a book I'm afraid to write

It's the book of my days, it's the book of my life
And it's cut like a fruit on the blade of a knife
And it's all there to see as the section reveals
There's some sorrow in every life

If it reads like a puzzle, a wandering maze
Then I won't understand 'til the end of my days
I'm still forced to remember,
Remember the words of my life

Friday, September 14, 2012

Crippling Events


What does one do when something goes totally wrong; messes up your path in which your writing is crippled?


You get your ass up and find a new path! Life is not made of certainties, no matter how much you want to believe it is. There is always going to be something that is going to royally screw up your life. Whether it lasts for hours, days, weeks, or longer, there will be those times where you are forced to face it. In those moments, give yourself some time to stare at it with your jaw dropped, your body trembling, and vomit rising in your throat. Yep…let yourself feel it all, but only for a small moment. Maybe two hours or maybe two days; never anything longer because you have to also give yourself time to begin making new plans, create new paths for your new future.

Your writing must go on. For you to be successful you have to allow yourself to bite the bullet that penetrated your mind and body. Then pull the damn bullet out and begin the mending process. Don’t look back either. Grab your ass out of the whining stage too! No room for crybabies in the world of writing.

What is preventing you today from writing?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Are You Keeping Up?

Our Showcase Stories are updated weekly. Todays update includes the newest installment of The Rinse of Suppression. Curious? There is a book synopsis to wet your appetite! All chapters are offered in bitesize portions so you can read it in just a few minutes while on your lunch break or in the grocery line or just relaxing at home.

Coming soon is the second installment of Daughters of Night: Sanctuary. Look for it on Friday!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Way of Honoring 9/11

We Will Never Forget Those Who Lost Their Lives. We Will Never Forget Those Left Behind. We Will Never Forget Those That Cried. We Will Never Forget Those That Survived. We Will Always Remember The Suffering, The Loss. We Will Always Remember The Price, The Cost. We Will Always Remember The Anger; The Tears. We Will Always Remember That Moment of Fear. We Will Always Remember The Promise We Made To Never Forget; To Never Let Fade: That Terrible Moment, That Impossible Day, In Our Hearts, Our Minds Forever Will Stay. Together We Unite As No Other Can And Together This Day Forever We Stand. Undivided And Certain, Fearless And Strong. Forever Linked Forever Long. -

-Michala

Playing God

“The way we get into these scrapes and get out of them, it's almost as though someone was dreaming up these situations; guiding our destiny” ROBIN

You may not understand this unless you are writer but the characters in the stories I write are alive. They talk to me. They scream as me too. It can seem very much like I am playing God. I create them. I give them personalities, characteristics, passions. I breathe essence into their souls. I AM in fact guiding their destiny.

And sometimes they hate me. They fight against every sentence as I lay out their life-story. They tell me off. They beg me for help. They cry and lie to me.