Monthly Archives: April 2013

Brain Scramble

I was reminded again how useless those weekly spelling tests were – and how insignificant an editor’s contribution can be: 

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny brainiproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

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Manuscripts Run Amok!

While the adage “April showers bring May flowers” may apply in many areas, it will be raining manuscripts in Las Vegas!

For the ninth consecutive year, the Las Vegas Writers Conference brings together fledgling writers, veteran authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers for a wonderful weekend of words …

LVWC_2013AdAnd Las Vegas – surprisingly – is the perfect backdrop. Lots of energy, lots of excitement, a veritable plethora of characters! The 24-hour town provides writing “prompts” not found anywhere else.

If you’ve ever contemplated writing – or been curious about the writing community, here’s your opportunity to check it out. Even if you can’t spend the whole weekend running amok, please join us at the Stephens Press sponsored author “meet and greet” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 18th. Who knows? You may end up staying all weekend!

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Come On Baby, Light My Fire …

flam The English language sure makes the job of editing more difficult.

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