I was mulling over some words the other night and it occurred to me (for the bazillionth time) just how ridiculous our language is. Don’t get me wrong — I love words. I use them all the time. But just think about how strange they are, how random and uncoordinated and confusing they are. Here are some examples that just blow my mind and make me feel terribly sorry for anyone trying to learn our language:
Funny how we go from making the long O sound to the short O sound, even though they’re the same words with a different beginning consonant.
Here are some more:
Why does the word change so completely when adding an -er to the end? All of a sudden we’re enunciating the L and making the short O sound into a long O sound. Bizarre.
Really? The AR suddenly sounds like OR. Why do we do this to ourselves?
MmHm. I could go on. There are SO many more words like this. So many in fact, I don’t know how any of us ever learn this crazy language of ours. I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg here, so I’m curious to know which ones drive you crazy.
So summer finally arrived. I couldn’t wait for it to get here because this has been such a busy year for me, and I thought that once summer came, things would slow down. It’s proving me wrong. I keep telling myself it’s still early, we’re only a couple weeks into the season, but still. Where’s my lay-around-and-do-as-little-as-possible time?
So what have you been doing? How’s your summer going so far? Do you have any relaxing time, and if so, could you relax a little for me?
Here’s a fantastic article on how to maximize your Amazon reviews. Great post that I highly recommend to both writers AND readers.
Heroic Fantasy Writers: Using Social Media to Maximize your Amazon Reviews.
Wow. I’ve read some bad books in my time, but this…this just blows them all away. In fact, it’s SO bad, I can’t help but wonder if the “author” did it on purpose. I mean, can anyone anywhere be this bad at writing? Never mind. I know they can. This is just one stinker of a book. The review about the instruction manual made me laugh until I cried. And by the way, I’m pretty sure the reviews (other than the instruction manual one) were written by the author. There’s no way that many people write the same way.
I’ll stop blabbing now so you can read this article. I’m gonna head over to Amazon and look at this book’s page. I don’t know why. It’s probably because just reading the snippets in this article stripped me of about 30 IQ points and I no longer understand the difference between a good and bad decision. Anyway, enjoy!
The Worst Book Ever is ‘Moon People’ | PWxyz.
FINALLY! Some help for those who find it difficult to write book reviews. It isn’t always easy to write them. We writers know that. This will help. Reviews are absolutely essential for authors. Not only does it help potential readers make a decision whether or not to buy the book, but believe it or not, writers learn from their reviews. It’s all covered in this article. I’ll shut up now and let you get to it. Enjoy!
JOAN REEVES aka SlingWords: How To Write a Book Review.
J.A. Konrath’s blog is invaluable to me, as well as thousands of other authors. Probably hundreds of thousands. Maybe more. He’s informative and entertaining. If not for him, I wouldn’t be where I am now. This latest post, Here’s What I Know, is one of my favorites. Wise words we should all live by.
A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.
As you know, I’m a huge fan of Chuck Wendig’s blog. The man always hits the nail on the head and makes me laugh while doing it. This post is no different. Writing is an emotional roller coaster. At least we’re not on it alone. Enjoy his post and look around when you’re done. They’re all gems.
The Varied Emotional Stages Of Writing A Book « terribleminds: chuck wendig.