Book Design Covers and Workshops-how important are they?

It’s been awhile. First things first–

Last clichés:

Heart’s content-To one’s complete satisfaction. This expression was fondly used by Shakespeare in several plays.

A word to the wise- This is good advice, you’d do well to pay attention to this. Roman writers such as Plautus, Terence would say: “A word to the wise is enough.” Ben Johnson (c.1600) used it in his play The Case is Altered. Also overused is words of wisdom now.

Ego Trip- A vehicle for self-satisfaction; a display of self-importance.Ambrose Bierce defined as “A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.” (The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911)

Did you find them?

Well, I’ve been working on my book cover design for my arson novel.  Different ideas are forming and I learned there are three different ways to think about your cover: 1. Image, 2. Title, 3. Author, and you can have them in any order you deem important.
I have my work cut out for me on this one.  Since I don’t have a name for myself yet,Author name is not that important–Yet.  Sooner or later I’ll have to bite the bullet and decide whether I want to go with image or title. Right now I’m leaning toward most important is image and then title.  I’ve gone through several photographs looking for the correct one.  I will spend some money and work with a book designer so I may learn about it.

On Saturday last, I went to a workshop put on by Redwood Writers Branch of the California Writers Club called The Art of Character.  It was presented by David Corbett.  What an awesome day.  I learned so much about how to create a character, and not like we’ve been taught in the past.  I highly recommend if you can ever attend one of his presentations, go at the drop of a hat.  He is funny and entertaining, yet gets the point across so you don’t forget, and has you so inspired, you’ll go home and write great prose with interesting characters.

Are workshops and books designs important? You bet they are.  One can never learn enough about anything.

Keep Writing,



Followers for your blog

Well, first things first.
Last clichés:
let’s talk turkey – Get to the point, speak plainly.  This apocryphal tale is about a white man and an Indian hunting and then dividing the spoils.  Of course the white man said something like- either I’ll take the turkey and you the buzzard, or you take the buzzard and I the turkey; whereby the Indian replied, “Now talk turkey to me.”  Whatever the true origin, the term was around in 1840 when Thomas C Haliburton edited Traits of American Humor.

at this point – At a particular time. It began as journalistic from the simple word now. A 20th Century cliché. Another version came from sports by saying: at this stage of the game.

bed of roses – A great place, a pleasant situation. started with English poets. Today often used in negative sense.

give it your best shot – Try your hardest. Originally a military term, best shot in 16th century meant the soldiers who could most accurately shoot the enemy, according to William Safire. Mid-18th cent. shot meant attempt or try a term used in billiards and boxing. 20th century refers to politics.
How many did you get?

Are you out there blogging to your heart’s content? A word to the wise, hopefully you’re not doing it for an ego trip.  I’m writing here to vent my frustrations, to impart what little knowledge of writing I have, and to express myself.  Do I want others to read it? Of course.  One way you might create readers is to create a “subscribe to your blog” widget on your website.  Supposedly through wordpress that was going to be easy.  All I had to do was to on my left sidebar to appearance to widget and drag the “follow blog” widget over to the right sidebar.  However, there was no widget for me on my site.  Thankfully I have Blake Webster from Media Design Services, Inc. at He installed my widget for me.

Now I can have people who are interested in my blog, signup and receive an email whenever I post a new blog story.

How many of you are doing that for your blog?  I’m probably one of the last ones to do it.
Keep Writing,