Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Change: The True Constant.

Change.  It is the one true constant in life.  At times, change is brought about by circumstances beyond our control.  Other times, change is caused by our own actions, which I believe is the most preferable of the two.  Sometimes we just need to move things around and shake things up to have a better view of what life has to offer.   Staying along the same path will always bring you the the same place, in the same condition but never improved.  That being said (this is my boss' favorite line, by the way), I'm making some changes around here.  I hope you'll find them for the better.  

I've decided to add two new features to the blog that I hope you'll enjoy and find informative.

The first is a monthly feature called Eleven Questions.  You all know how I love reading author interviews,  right?  I thought it would be interesting to conduct a few interviews of my own and share them with you on the blog.  I hope you'll find them as enlightening and encouraging as I do.  The first one will run this Friday, and I am sooooooo excited!  I apologize for the hyperbole, but, I really am that excited about this interview.

The second feature is a bi-weekly series called Wednesday's Word.  As a child, whenever I asked my parents  what a particular word meant, one of them would inevitably say, "Look for it in the dictionary."   As such, the dictionary was the first resource book I learned to use with some proficiency.  After looking up a word, I would play a game by myself to find ways to insert it into some conversation or a piece of writing.  The dictionary is a mainstay in my writing bag, and is always close by while I read.  I believe it is safe to say that I have one in almost every room in my house. The Merriam-Webster website is bookmarked on my internet browser.

So, I'm extending my old word game to the blog.  Every other Wednesday, beginning next week, I will feature a new and unusual (at least to me) word I come across throughout my readings.  I will let you know from what material I found the word used. Give its definition, its variations and iterations, and an example of how to use the word in a sentence.  As an added treat, I will challenge you to use the word as a prompt.  If you'd like, you can post the passage or sentence you create in the comments section.

I hope you'll enjoy the new things coming up on the blog. I'm certainly excited to present them to you.

By the way, this is my 100th blog post as The Author-In-Training!  Woohoo!!! Suddenly, the scheduling of this post seems so appropriate.


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