Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WoW: Your/You're in for a Treat

 Writing Tip: You're vs. Your

I didn't want to screw up my new schedule on the second week in, but I entered the 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Blogfest on Monday and want extra time to check out all the blogs participating. I definitely recommend you checking out the link, or blogs on the linky in my previous post.

So I'll keep this brief. I ran across this video on Monday and found it interesting: it's of a white rapper, Mac Lethal (I don't listen to much rap and hadn't heard of him until stumbling upon this video), explaining the difference between you're and your, which is one of many common mistaking in writing. I must admit his rapping is hilarious, informative, and impressive. ***Advisory: if you're offended by swearing, don't watch this video.***

Provex City News

Julie at What Else is Possible? mentioned Provex City in her post last Friday, which is awesome and I can't thank her enough!
A few comments from last week advised me to do a blog tour for my book, which sounds great, so I'll have to look into what I need to do to make that happen.

The other thing I really want to take advantage of is utilizing Goodreads. I still haven't done much with it, but I know there are a lot of authors and readers on that site and it's a great place to meet more people and promote. Wish me luck! Friend me, if you haven't already. :)
Work in Progress

Well, I've written about 1000 words in Book 2 over the past week, which is not something to brag about. But at least I did 2 new flash fiction pieces, which I am proud of. My writing routine at work has been disrupted as of late and hopefully I can get my time back real soon because I'm so close! I've just delivered Oliver into a huge heap of danger and need to find a way to get him out of it. The funny thing is that I don't know how he's going to escape yet, and if everyone he's with will escape with him, but I'll think of something.

Do you place your characters into situations where you don't know how you'll get them out until they're already in the middle of it? Did I use you're vs. your right each time in this post? Don't answer that one.

On Friday, I'll post my very first review, and it is of Alex J. Cavanaugh's CassaStar. The Ninja Captain himself may even stop by and share a few'll have to check back to find out!


  1. Great post Michael loved the video.
    Will look forward to your first interview on Friday.


  2. I taught myself the your and you're rule when I was in school. My trick was if breaking the words of the contraction into "you" and "are" fit into the sentence and made sense, then "you're" was the right choice. If not, I used "your".

    It was a simple method for me to remember while writing papers in school.

  3. Yvonne, it should be fun!

    Candilynn, great method, so many people don't take the little time to make sure it's right.

  4. You found me on Goodreads! I think it helps to have a lot of friends. I know my publisher offered a giveaway for my last book on Goodreads.
    And the final big scene in CassaStar was like that - I rewrote it several times, trying to figure out the most logical way for Byron to escape.
    Looking forward to Friday!

  5. Love the rap. I will NEVER make that mistake again. I hope.

  6. Yes, I've put my characters in impossible situations and not had any idea how they are going to get out. It's sort of a midbook-write-myself-into-a-corner habit . . .but I always get my characters out of it somehow.

  7. i put my character in crazy situations most of the time--and they often have to find a way to get out on their own:)

  8. Goodreads is a great site. I mainly love it for finding new books. Of course, it means that my to-read list is so long. Heh.

  9. Alex, the hard work paid off because it was a great climax.

    Farawayeyes, glad you liked it (and weren't offended).

    Tyrean, I hope I can do the same because right now it feels like they're in an impossible situation.

    Nutschell, I like that! Why should I do all the work?

    Cherie, it's never-ending, but that's a good thing, always something to look forward to.


Blog Design by Imagination Designs all images from the Dark City kit by StarLight Designs