K. Ceres Wright

Hazard Yet Forward Amazon Link

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Aug 7, 2012

Here is the link to the Hazard Yet Forward Anthology:

http://www.amazon.com/Hazard-Yet-Forward-ebook/dp/B008TXBN8I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344345831&sr=8-1&keywords=Hazard+yet+forward

Sale proceeds will go toward the medical bills of Donna Munro, a Seton Hill University alum who is battling breast cancer. Thanks so much!

Hazard Yet Forward

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Aug 5, 2012

Giant multi-author anthology on sale Tuesday, August 7, to benefit cancer fighter, Donna Munro.

My story, “Choices” is part of the charity anthology, Hazard Yet Forward. And I am in excellent company.

Matt Duvall, Natalie Duvall, and Deanna Lepsch compiled the nearly 700 page, multi-genre eBook with stories from seventy-six writers who are connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program.

All proceeds from this project will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program. Munro, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. An active member of the SHU WPF alumni committee, Munro helps organize the school’s annual writing conference, the In Your Write Mind Workshop.

To aid Munro and her family, faculty members, alumni, students and friends of the Writing Popular Fiction program quickly responded to compile this massive anthology. The book features flash fiction, short stories and even a full-length novella. In total, there are 75 works from various genres, which makes this anthology one that features something for everyone. Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery – and everything in between.

Some of the notable writers in the anthology are:
World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson
Bram Stoker winner Michael A. Arnzen
Bram Stoker winner Michael Knost
Bram Stoker nominee Lawrence C. Connolly
ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica Warman
Rhysling nominees John Edward Lawson and K. Ceres Wright
Rita finalist Dana Marton
Spur winner Meg Mims
Asimov’s Readers’ Award winner Timons Esaias
WV Arts and Humanities literary fellowships winner Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.

Hazard Yet Forward co-compiler Matt Duvall says, “It’s an unprecedented collection of stories from every genre imaginable.”

This large volume is available for purchase on Kindle through Amazon starting August 7 for just $9.99.

More information about the anthology can be found at http://hazardyetforward.wordpress.com.

To learn about the unique and exciting Writing Popular Fiction program, please visit http://www.setonhill.edu/academics/fiction.

Contact: Natalie Duvall – hazardyetforwardanthology@gmail.com

Common Grammatical Errors

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Aug 1, 2012

 

Common Grammatical Errors

Don’t fret if you have used a few of these phrases incorrectly. Just read on and learn, grasshoppers.

Comprise vs. Compose

The word “comprise” means to include or contain, or to consist of. A proper use of the term would be as follows:

  • The United States comprises 50 states.
  • The committee comprises 10 members.

Think of the bigger whole comprising the smaller parts. Never use the term, “is comprised of.”

For smaller parts that make up the larger whole, use “compose.”

  • The neighborhood was composed of two old buildings, a railway station, and my house.
  • An orange and a banana composed the model’s lunch.

Your vs. You’re

The term “your” indicates a possessive. “You’re” is a contraction of “you are.” Do not confuse the two.

  • Your book is under the bed.
  • She said you’re the one who pranked her.

Should Of vs. Should Have

Never use the phrase “should of.” The proper phrasing is “should have.”

We can use the phrase “should have” to indicate past events that did not happen, or to speculate about events that may or may not have happened.

  • I should have stashed a spare key under my car.
  • She should have reached the train station by now.

Older Than I vs. Older Than Me

The correct phrasing is “older than I.” You say, “She is older than I am,” NOT “She is older than me am.”

Between You and Me vs. Between You and I

The correct phrasing is “between you and me.” The word “between” is a preposition, making “you and me” the objects of the preposition. You would therefore use the objective form of the pronoun, “me.”

That vs. Which

Use “that” with restrictive clauses and “which” with nonrestrictive clauses. A restrictive clause limits, or restricts, the meaning of the subject. For example, read the following sentence:

  • The ring that she wore had belonged to her grandmother.

The phrase “that she wore” restricts the meaning of the sentence. Without those words, you would not know which ring had belonged to the grandmother.

A nonrestrictive clause provides additional information about a subject that is not necessary to understand the meaning of the sentence.

  • A rug, which was handmade, covered the hole in the floor.

If you left out “which was handmade,” it would not affect the meaning of the sentence. Also note that a nonrestrictive clause is usually bracketed by commas.

Who vs. That

“Who” refers to people. “That” refers to things.

  • Sally is the one who wrote the poem you read yesterday.
  • The car in the driveway is the one that I crashed last week.

So, there you have it. Just study these rules and you will already be on your way to becoming a better writer. And all editors will love you for that. You may now leave the temple.