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Tommie Lyn

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  1. One thing I'd like to suggest (because I found a word wrongly used in yet another published book), be SURE you are using a uncommon word correctly. For instance, "discrete" and "discreet" have two distinct, differing meanings and are not interchangeable, yet I repeatedly have found "discrete" used in various books when the authors meant "discreet". From https://www.dictionary.com/ discrete: apart or detached from others; separate; distinct: discreet: judicious in one's conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence abo
  2. I agree. If the reader can get the gist of what they're reading, it's not bad to introduce words they may not be familiar with...in non-fiction. However, when I'm reading fiction, when I'm immersed in the "fictive dream" of another writer, if a word demands that I look it up, it throws me out of the dream...and that's a bad thing. I agree with the title of this blog: "John Gardner's Fictive Dream - Don’t wake the reader up or you’ll put them to sleep". https://medium.com/graffitiliving/john-gardners-fictive-dream-84f64c2e16e4
  3. It isn't a matter of whether I agree or disagree...it's a matter of what God has said through His word, repeatedly warning us to remain faithful: "For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them." -- 2 Peter 2:20-21 "For if we go on sinning willfully af
  4. I use whatever word fits. Sometimes, though, during editing, I change words that might give a reader pause, because I don't want them to encounter a word that will throw them out of the story experience and head to the shelf for the dictionary. Edited to add: I have enough trouble with the names/words I have to use in the historicals to provide authenticity, I don't want to add to that.
  5. Because I had something to say. So, @Aiden014, why did you decide to write?
  6. According to scripture, it is possible for one's name to be erased out of the book of life UNLESS he overcomes, that is the criterion by which Jesus says He will not erase one's name... overcoming. "The one who overcomes will be clothed the same way, in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels." -- Revelation 3:5
  7. "Sinister" (from the Etymology Online Dictionary, which gives the history of word usage): "early 15c., "prompted by malice or ill-will, intending to mislead," from Old French senestre, sinistre "contrary, false; unfavorable; to the left" (14c.), from Latin sinister "left, on the left side" (opposite of dexter), of uncertain origin. Perhaps meaning properly "the slower or weaker hand" [Tucker], but Klein and Buck suggest it's a euphemism (see left (adj.)) connected with the root of Sanskrit saniyan "more useful, more advantageous." With contrastive or comparative suffix -ter, as in dexter
  8. Daddy was a lefty who had been trained to use his right hand. It caused him no end of trouble, using his non-dominant hand (for instance, he never was able to be coordinated enough to ride a bicycle). So when I came along left-handed, he made them leave me alone when they tried to switch me to my right hand. Being a lefty isn't easy (and I have the scars to prove it, LOL), but I'm so thankful that I was encouraged to be who I am rather than being browbeaten into a different mold.
  9. I'm left-handed, living in a right-handed world. I finally figured out that's why I'm so clumsy....nothing was designed to be used with the left hand. Here's something interesting about left-handedness... https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-asymmetric-brain/201909/are-twins-more-likely-be-left-handed
  10. A toss up between Psalms and Proverbs... Psalms for encouragement, Proverbs for life advice.
  11. I pop open the dictionary .com thesaurus when I'm doing a readthrough, because I too often find the same word used multiple times in close proximity, and need to find substitutes.
  12. Teens like you give me hope for the future... love ya!
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