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A Poetic Look At: How Iambic Pentameter Isn’t Terrifying (Nor Is Any Other Meter)

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(c) 2013 Windy Johansen

Ack! Meter AGAIN?

I-I know. I kind of messed it up before. Also, it helps to revisit things like this every now and again.

But it’s boring! And lame! Did I mention it was boring?
Yeah, it kind of is. It’s one of those fussy things. But it helps give your writing better…flow, you might call it.

O-Oh. Okay. Why?

There’s an inherent musicality in words, in the interplay of different stresses. If you put them together in the right way, you can mold your words to flow sweetly and calmly…or you can purposefully make them very jarring. (If you’re writing a scary scene, think of how it might help to have your words assisted by a jarring sort of rhythm. Conversely, think of how two lovers might speak to one another, and how you can show us their love for one another without relying entirely on just the words they speak.)

So I..hm. So how does this work?

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Karen Sandler’s Tankborn – Books I’m Reading #1

Tankborn is the first in the Tankborn trilogy. Awakening is the second book, available now. The third has not yet been released.

I first read this book about 3 weeks ago, and I still can’t get the characters, or their world, out of my head.

The story follows Kayla and her friend Mishalla, two GEN girls who are about to be Assigned. GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans, are considered the lowest caste of all. However, all GENs are conditioned to believe that this is they way it should be.

As the story unfolds, it becomes evident that there is far more to this than dehumanizing caste systems. Kayla and Mishalla are linked in an unexpected way, and the GENs conditioning is not as it appears.


(also available on Google Play and Barnes and Noble)

This made me cackle and squeal. (Black books: Leather Bound – YouTube)

Black books: Leather Bound – YouTube.

I just hate how books are being treated as decor by some people.

Maybe people have forgotten that at one time, books were hard to come by. The invention of the printing press, and later, the computer, made it so much easier to share learning.

I guess people have gotten complacent. “What do I need with this old thing”, they think, “I’ve got a new iPad. Oh, this book goes so nicely with the drapes! I’ll see if I can find others like that!”

Augh. >_<