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,