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What a Rotten Shame!

I heard from Kristen Hope Mazzola, author of Crashing Back Down that her novel, and dozens of other books, also written by indie authors are available on a piracy site. Folks, this is a crime! The creators of these works do not get paid from these sales. It is a copyright infringement to use anyone’s material for commercial gain if you have no rights to do so.

It is very sad to see that these unscrupulous persons are alive and well in cyberspace. Please do not purchase books, or anything else for that matter unless you are sure that the site offering these goods is authorized to handle the product. It is generally best to order from the author’s site or somewhere such as amazon.com.

If you are an indie author, do a search for your book to see if it appears anywhere other than where you posted it for sale. One author reportedly found her novel on 20 different sites. Don’t let common thieves ruin the holidays for these hard-working authors!




“I can tell you’re a cowgirl by your boots.”

Black Western cowboy boots on a white background

Black Western cowboy boots (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Oh?” I looked down at my forgotten-brand-name work boots. They were slathered with a fresh coat of wet mud. The bottom half of my Gore-Tex gaiters were also filthy, with splatters of mud running all the way up to my knees where the gaiters ended.  I wear those to protect the legs of my jeans from becoming irreparably stained by the mud and general ranch-life abuse.

She continued, “I’m such a town-girl. I lease Griffin so I can ride him twice a week, but I don’t get involved with the chores out here. I would have tried very hard to find a way around the mud to put that horse out in the round corral. You just walked right through it. ”

I looked at Kathy’s boots and smiled. Her riding boots were frighteningly clean for someone who was standing in the middle of a barnyard in the pouring rain.

“I grew up in a barn,” was my reply. “I guess you get used to it after a while. I do change into my sneakers before I get in my pickup. Don’t like taking the mud home.”

Her assessment wasn’t unkind. It was based on what she knows of me. For the past year, Kathy has seen me two times a week. I am always handling a horse or mucking out stalls or feeding or doing some other chore. I dress the part; I do the work. In her mind, this makes me the real deal – a cowgirl.

I tell this story to point out that the way we speak, and for us writers, what we put down on paper – or the screen – for the whole world to see, whether we write short stories, blogs, poems, novels, whatever our specialty, our words make the impressions by which people decide if we’re the ‘real deal’ or not.  Taking the time to learn a few grammar and spelling rules (or learning to use a spell-checker) can turn a ho-hum script into a page-turner. I’m not saying you have to use two-dollar words at every turn, especially when a fifty-center will do, but if you want to write something extraordinary, then don’t sound ordinary. Most online dictionaries offer a listing of synonyms, as well. Look through that list, see if there isn’t a word that paints a better picture of the scene, emotion, or event you are attempting to portray. Writers are readers. Purposely skip the story-line in a few books and focus on the descriptions. Pick out the ones that made clear images in your mind and try to follow that path in your own writing. It’s a step to becoming a top-selling author – the “real deal”! 🙂



Illustrator Wanted

I am looking for a talented artist who might be interested in illustrating a children’s book. Young Reader age range. The story is short and simple, involving a circus animal. I’m thinking maybe watercolor? I can write but somehow stick figures drawn with crayons just doesn’t seem like it would do justice to the book. LOL The book will be self-published so there won’t be any money paid until the book sells on either a POD or e-Book format. As it stands, the story is a very cute, longish poem. With illustrations I believe it has the makings of a darling kids’ book. So, how about it? Any artists out there? You don’t have to be published already, if you can capture the essence for which I am looking, the gig is yours!

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Father’s Day Quotes

Here comes Dad’s Day! Somehow the hype isn’t as great as is the advertising for Mother’s Day but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. The idea for Father’s Day came in 1909 from Sonora Dodd who after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon, wished to honor her father who was a war veteran. In 1910, the City of Spokane, Washington declared the third Sunday in June as their official Father’s Day observance. It wasn’t until 1966 however that President Johnson issued a presidential proclamation and finally in 1972 President Nixon signed the day into law.

Common gifts for this day include the dreaded tie, hardware or home improvement items, fishing gear, and golf clubs.

I’d like to share with you ten of my favorite Father’s Day quotes.

“The greatest gift I ever had came from God, and I call him Dad!”

Stanley T. Banks
“You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks
up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero. And then the day
comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her
first real party, and from that day on, you’re in a constant
state of panic.”

John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery
“There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a
man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the
years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands
and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.”

Lydia M. Child
“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him

George Herbert
“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”

Knights of Pythagoras
“A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.”

Douglas MacArthur
“By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I
am prouder – infinitely prouder – to be a father. A soldier
destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never
destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other
embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are
mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope
that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle
field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer,
‘Our Father who art in Heaven.'”

Jimmy Piersal, on How to Diaper a Baby
“Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat.
Then, fold second base down to home and set the baby on the
pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home
plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you
gotta call the game and start all over again.”

Margaret Truman
“It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him
for your own career and your own home – it’s only then that you
can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride
reinforces love.”

Charles Wadsworth
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he
usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! And to my own daddy, I love you and miss you. R.I.P.



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Can You Say Spoiled?

My Wyatt Earp Kitty sits on my desk every morning while I am editing or proofreading or writing copy for my clients. He often sits on the mouse or stands on the keyboard in an attempt to get close enough to the monitor to swat at moving objects on the screen. So ~ he now has his own monitor right next to mine where I play him bird and squirrel videos over and over. So far, he likes the busy scenes and the larger birds like doves. He fell asleep watching the hummingbird feeders. Fish aquariums seem to be pretty captivating as well. I’m getting a lot more work done the last couple of days. 🙂

My kitt watching videos.

My kitty watches videos.

Wyatt watching videos.

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Words are Fun

Shel Silverstein has long been one of my favorite purveyor of words. He was a cartoonist starting out in the 1950s and also wrote many song lyrics. My favorite work was the 1974 poem collection, Where the Sidewalk Ends. I loved that book right from the title. I was such a country gal and felt my life pretty much began where the city sidewalk ended. Silverstein had his own style and for his children’s books, that mostly meant a whole lot of fun, sometimes nonsensical, always whimsical. I was kept away from “such books” as a kid but by the time I hit adulthood, I had developed a sharp sense of humor, favoring puns and one-liners. When I first read Silverstein, I knew I’d found a mastermind of silly. If you haven’t done so in awhile, spend some time Where the Sidewalk Ends, guaranteed to make you chuckle.

Here’s a joke for you, not one of Silverstein’s, but one that makes fun with words anyway. Enjoy!

“Once upon a time there was a farmer who married a pretty young lady. A couple of years later, his bride gave birth to twins. They were elated and named the boys Pete and Repeat. Two years went by and she gave birth once again, this time to twin girls. The couple named these babies, Joyce and (you guessed it) Rejoice. The following spring their prize goat had quadruplets. They named the kids, Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and George. They didn’t want no Mo’.”