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Writing Superstitions: A Top 10 List

As luck would have it, I ran into my good friends Random House Webster (in print) and Merriam-Webster (online), who gave me my first chuckle of the day jumping ahead of me defining how I initially intended to open this post.

Random defines superstition (soo´pər stish´ən) as “an irrational belief or notion of the ominous significance of a particular thing."

Merriam says superstition (sü-pər-´sti-shən) is “a belief or way of behaving that is based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck."

Books with Teeth!

With Halloween creeping up on us, this is the perfect spot to slip in a post on creepy books.

Here’s the thing though. I don’t read “creepy” books. Or rather, I don’t think I read them. I would extend this to add I don’t write them either, except if only I hadn’t written Lock Box… a paranormal mystery… and was told on a number of occasions that the story is really, really very creepy.

Honest to goodness, that was not my intention. I just so happened to be musing on extraterrestrial life, and the next thing I knew, I got caught up in this story that took all of a few weeks to write. At 70,000 plus words, Lock Box was one of the easiest stories I’ve written. And while I’m singing on that note, let me add, I also call it my best work. The story is so paranormal that it still amazes me.

Definition of a Page-Turner Book

I’m writing this post because I am hungering for a true page-turner. A book I can curl up with and can’t put down, which wouldn't it be, on Columbus Day I would make this discovery.

Finally! After all this time I now realize why it is so difficult to distinguish what sets page-turners apart from unquestionably great books.

There are five distinctive characteristics ALL page-turners I’ve read share. Hostage by Laurie Davies, Gift of a Lifetime by Sue Batton Leonard, Farewell, My Beijing by Chi Newman, Doing Germany by Agnieszka Paletta, I Didn't Ask to Be Born by Bill Cosby, The Big Belch by Kay Wood… just to call out a few… each share the following qualities.

Quoting the Greats!

This post was inspired by a quote I caught the other day on LinkedIn. “The Cream Shall Rise to the Top” my now latest favorite quote.

That phrase has been tangled up in my spirit, ruminating in my mind, resonating deep in my heart and wreathing above my head like a dancing halo vying to keep me looking up.

One thought led to the next, and the next thing I know, I’m thinking it would be a great idea to update my blog with great quotes; all those quotes that come to me without having to go anywhere searching and digging them up.

Movies Show * Books Tell

You've heard that phrase, 'don’t tell, show,' as in don't tell the story, but show the story.

Of course you have. I know you have, because if I heard it, I know everyone has heard it. I'm just like the rest... when I first heard the snazzy line, I was hooked on the rhyme of the words too... like something I'd caption in one of my stories over and over to death. Instantly I bought into the inanity of the colloquialism; in full sight of everything I was reading and hearing, persisting on telling me a story.