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  • 11 Mar 2021 7:42 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)

    by Sandra Yeaman, SDWEG Webmaster Emeritus

    This is the fifth in a series of posts to address common issues with my suggestions for how all writers can improve their manuscripts before turning them over to agents, editors, and the many other individuals involved in the process of turning a manuscript into a book.

    #5 REMOVING COMMAS FROM WHERE THEY DON’T BELONG AND INSERTING THEM WHERE THEY DO

    When sentences get long, writers fall victim to the temptation to put in a comma—or two—to give the reader a place to breathe. But sometimes that results in a comma separating the subject from its verb or the verb from its direct object. Often a comma inserted before a conjunction such as and simply breaks a compound predicate into one complete sentence and a phrase that can’t stand on its own.

    When editing someone else’s work, I remove unnecessary commas, leaving them in only when their use meets one of four criteria: commas in a series, commas with two or more adjectives, commas with conjunctions (but watch out for this one because it has some rules of its own), and commas in introductory or parenthetical phrases including nouns of address.


    The Chicago Manual of Style recommends use of the serial, or Oxford, comma. This is the comma that precedes the conjunction—usually and—that connects items listed in a series. Sometimes it is absolutely necessary to accurately convey meaning. See the example sentences below:

    EXAMPLE 1: THE PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCED MY LIFE CHOICES MOST WERE MY PARENTS, THE POPE AND MOTHER THERESA.
    EXAMPLE 2: THE PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCED MY LIFE CHOICES MOST WERE MY PARENTS, THE POPE, AND MOTHER THERESA.

    Because the serial comma is needed some of the time for clarity, I use it in all cases when I edit a manuscript.

    The most common case of commas needing to be deleted is connected to conjunctions. Commas are not needed before every instance of a conjunction (and, or, but, so, etc.). For example, commas before and in compound predicates such as the one below are unnecesary.

    MY DOCTOR ADVISED THAT I SHOULD REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF SUGAR I CONSUME AND GET MORE EXERCISE.

    That’s where I find the most unneeded commas. As important, commas are not needed after most uses of conjunctions either unless what follows is a parenthetical thought that could be left out without changing the meaning of the sentence..

    Read through this post to see if you can identify which of the four rules applies to each comma you find.

    Sandra YeamanSandra Yeaman retired from the US Department of State in 2007 after 23 years as a Foreign Service Officer. As a management officer, she served at US embassies in Qatar, Barbados, Moldova, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Madagascar, Zambia, and Eritrea. In addition, she served in consular positions in Germany and Barbados and previously taught English as a Foreign Language in Iran and Romania.

    She is familiar with Arabic, Farsi, German, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish. Her experiences overseas brought her in touch with underserved minorities and religious groups out of favor with the current government. These experiences provide her with a sensitivity in her writing and editing not easily attained by others.

    These changes in environment and cultures challenged her notion of what success is. What made it possible for her to thrive in the midst of the change is the solid foundation she received in her childhood years in northern Minnesota.

    Since retirement, Sandra has been writing her story and her journey from a young woman seeking adventure to a mature woman who found her mission. She hopes to complete her novel in 2021 and looks forward to gaining the expertise in the full range of pre-publication book preparation and marketing.

    Sandra's Website


  • 11 Mar 2021 6:55 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)

    • Tiro Association for Arts presents Tiro International Poetry Contest. 


      The participation includes 2 categories:

      A) Poems made by over 18 years old people.                           

      B)  Poems made by under 18 years old people.

    • ·          The maximum extension for both categories - 600 words and Poems will be accepted in Arabic, Spanish, English, French.
    • ·          End date for submission: 25 March 2021
    •  

    Submission form: 

    An email shall be sent to the following email: 

    tiro.festivals@gmail.com

    SUBJECT: TIRO INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONTEST

    Attach 2pdfs:

    1- Poem title and author information: name, age, nationality, email, phone number, address and a photograph, and a statement in which the author authorizes Tiro Association for Arts to use and reproduce the poem. 

    2-Poem title + the poem itself.

     

    AWARDS:

    *CATEGORY A:

    -3 awards of 400USD each.

    -A short-film on each awarded poem made by the association.

    *CATEGORY B:

    -3 awards of 100USD each.

    -A short-film on each awarded poem made by the association.  

     

    A CATALOGUE CONTAINING 10 FINAL POEMS FOR EACH CATEGORY WILL BE MADE ON PAPER, VIDEO AND ONLINE.

    Looking forward to your participation !

     

    Best Regards

    Tiro team


    -- 

    Lebanese National Theater Management


    Lebanese National Theater, 

    Rivoli Street, near the Court.


    Association Tel: 0096181870124


    Contact us:


    Website

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  • 5 Mar 2021 7:33 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)

     

    Corey Lynn Fayman has completed the manuscript for a new novel, working title The Rip.

    It's an historical crime novel, the first in a planned trilogy that will follow several families growing up in La Jolla, CA in the 1950s - 1970s.

    He is looking for beta readers to give offer feedback. If you're interested, email Corey at clf@coreylynnfayman.com.

    The Rip

    Summer 1956. In the affluent seaside resort of La Jolla, California, a rookie cop's high principles are put to the test when his search for a stolen suitcase implicates the rich and famous guests of the Del Charro Hotel, including Raymond Chandler, J. Edgar Hoover, and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

      Lookout! CD Groovy tunes from San Diego's Finest 1958 - 1973  La Jolla Shores 1955 Just a sleepy seaside town in Southern California  Killer Motivation Free read. Contract killer meets multi-level marketer.

    Lookout! CD

    Groovy tunes from San Diego's Finest 1958 - 1973

    La Jolla Shores

    1955 Just a sleepy seaside town in Southern California

    Killer Motivation

    Free read. Contract killer meets multi-level marketer.


  • 25 Feb 2021 9:40 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR:

    The Guilded Pen, Tenth Edition, 2021

    “THE POWER OF TEN”

    The Guilded Pen―2021 will mark our 10th Year!

    What a milestone!!

    To celebrate this achievement, the 2021 Anthology will highlight the number “ten” in this year’s publication. All SDWEG members are invited to submit their short stories, poems, and essays for review and possible acceptance for publishing.

    HOW TO SUBMIT:

    The submission period will begin April 1, 2021. Last day to submit is May 31, 2021.

    Email submissions to: anthology@sdwritersguild.org

    (Note: ONLY email submissions will be considered.)

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:      

    1. The submission must contain the word ten or the number 10 in the first sentence. There will be no exceptions.

    1.1 Some examples of using “ten” in the first sentence (Please do not use any of these examples):

    • Ten books were stacked on the desk when . . .
    • The clock struck “ten” as the shot rang out . . .
    • Maud and Harry were looking forward to their tenth anniversary—that was before Ted showed up and said . . .
    • If you half-heartedly divide 20 by 10, does the result completely measure up?

    Note: If the word Ten or the number “10” is omitted from the first sentence, the submission will not be read and will be returned to the author without further review. The author may choose to correct the oversight and resubmit.

    2. Up to 3 submissions may be entered; however, the aggregate word count may not exceed 4500 in total;

    3. Submissions must be:

    3.1 Double-spaced,

    3.2 Times New Roman, 12-point font,

    3.3 1-inch margins on all sides, and

    3.4 A word document with .doc or .docx

    4. No headers or footers, no page numeration, author’s name cannot be shown on any of the pages submitted.

    5. The entry must be edited for spelling, punctuation, verb tense and other grammar issues prior to submission. The author understands that further copyediting may take place after submission is accepted.

    If you find you need help with any of the technical aspects of the guidelines or with finding a good person to look over your piece before submitting it, remember that you are member of a group of dedicated writers and editors. Contact a fellow guild member for assistance. If you are unsure who to ask and you have checked the website, PLEASE contact someone on the Board of Directors and they will be more than happy to offer names of prospective writers and/or editors for you to contact.

    We hope you will step up to the challenge and submit your short stories, essays, and poetry to this year’s anthology. On a personal note, it’s a great way to add to those publishing credits; and, as our major fundraiser, your contribution will help support the mission of the SDWEG which is: To Support the Writing Arts for Youth and Adults.

    So, get writing!

    Marcia Buompensiero and Rivkah Sleeth

    Managing Editors


  • 24 Feb 2021 12:22 PM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)

     

    If Chevy Chase had played Indiana Jones, he would be Penn Wallace. Penn has a thirst for adventure, but nothing ever seems to go exactly as planned.

    In the spring of 2010 he lost the love of his life, his wife Connie, to Ovarian cancer. Ten years of living with cancer changed Penn's priorities. He learned that you can't live for tomorrow. You must live your dreams today, you never know if tomorrow will come.

    To this end, he set sail in the summer of 2012 for for the warm blue waters of Baja California in his 56-foot sailboat, the Victory.

    Penn is a confirmed dog curmudgeon. By a strange twist of fate, he lives on his boat with a one hundred seventy-pound Great Dane, Odin, and his owner, Dawn. You may read about his adventures and living on a boat with a giant dog on Penn's blog at www.pennwallace.com.

    He currently lives on the Victory in San Diego, but you never know where he will drop anchor next.

    As always, he's working on the next book.

    The Panama Murders: Catrina Flaherty Mysteries Book 4 (The Catrina Flaherty Mysteries) $0.99 NEW RELEASE!

    Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon IN

    Based on a true story.

    People on a remote Panamanian island are disappearing, and the local police are incompetent.
    Who you gonna call?

    Cat Flaherty.

    When the love Seattle PI Catrina Flaherty’s life turns out to be a serial killer, she turns him over to the police and walks away from her business, home, and friends. She slinks off to Panama to recover from her broken heart.

    Staying with Suzanne, a friend from the police academy, she meets colorful characters and observes the sometimes bizarre lifestyle of the ex-pats. She is enchanted by the beauty and the wildlife, but when people start dying, it’s obviously the work of a serial killer. Cat is sucked back into her role as an investigator and the killer soon has her in his sights.

    Can Cat discover the identity from a host of persons of interest before he gets her?

     

    Mirror Image: A Catrina Flaherty Mystery (Catrina Flaherty Mysteries Book 1)Mirror Image: A Catrina Flaherty Mystery (Catrina Flaherty Mysteries Book 1) $0.99

    Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon IN
    Female PI Catrina Flaherty tackles one of her most difficult cases. Cat specializes in women’s issues, infidelity, messy divorces, spousal abuse, sexual harassment, etc. But her newest client, Mandy Alcott, has an unusual problem; her abusive husband is the chief of police.

    What do you do when your abuser is The Law?

    You call Cat Flaherty.

    Cat sees in Mandy the same terror she herself endured at the hands of her police officer ex-husband. Can Cat save Mandy from her life of fear? Can she extricate Mandy and her two children safely?

    Murder Strikes Twice: A Catrina Flaherty Mystery, Book 2 (The Catrina Flaherty Mysteries)Murder Strikes Twice: A Catrina Flaherty Mystery, Book 2 (The Catrina Flaherty Mysteries) $0.99

    Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon IN
    One man; two dead wives.

    The police have ruled both cases accidents, but something doesn’t feel right.

    Who you gonna call?

    Cat Flaherty.

    Cat and her team scour Seattle for clues as the pieces start falling into place, but can she make a case that the D.A. will take to court? Can she bring the killer to justice before he finds her?

    Did Murder Strike Twice or will Brody Barrett get away with killing both of his wives?

    Catrina is known for administering vigilante justice. Will Brody finally have to pay for his sins?

    Solve the mystery along with Cat today!


    The Chinatown Murders: Catrina Flaherty Mysteries book 3 (The Catrina Flaherty Mysteries)The Chinatown Murders: Catrina Flaherty Mysteries book 3 (The Catrina Flaherty Mysteries) $0.99

    Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon IN
    WARNING: This book contains graphic sexual violence. Not intended for younger readers.

    Based on a true story.

    Someone is raping women working at massage parlors in Seattle's China Town. He selects his victims because they are undocumented aliens. They can’t go to the police or they risk deportation.

    Now he has escalated to murder.

    Who you gonna call?

    Cat Flaherty.

    The Man leads Catrina on a danger-fraught chase through the ancient streets of Chinatown in a race against time. Neither Catrina, nor her ex-lover, Detective Sergeant Tom Brennen, can stop the monster as the body count piles up.

    With a shock ending that you’ll never predict, the latest Cartrina Flaherty Mystery is a page burner.

    5 out of 5 stars

    "Another great read from Pendelton C. Wallace. I find myself wishing there another book to read about these characters as soon as I finish. If you are looking for entertaining fast paced actions this is the author for you. If you haven't read any of his work, good for you, as you can keep on going until you've read them all."

    5 out of 5 stars
    I love Cat as a special human whom I can relate ...

    "This book is so fast paced, just up my alley. I love Cat as a special human whom I can relate to.....Some of the characters are so politically incorrect that one can't help but smile. The plots are interesting and relevant and eye opening. Don't read if you are put off by explicit sex. Read if you can appreciate a great story line."


  • 22 Feb 2021 8:14 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    If you have already published a book, have you joined Hometown Reads—San Diego? At least ten current Guild members have.

    Why join Hometown Reads? Check out their About page.

    We’re a community dedicated to serving local authors across the country, by helping them connect with readers in their hometown through what we call the Read Local movement. Our site is the first of its kind to organize authors by local community, a design that is intended to facilitate both networking for authors and exposure/connection to more readers.

    It's free for both authors and readers to join. Authors get an author webpage where information about both author and their works are included. For an author without a website, this is a big plus. Readers can sign up to receive updates.

    The most recent update included information about Hometown Reads weekly Book Marketing Action Podcasts with Founder, Becky Robinson. Sign up to receive new episodes every Tuesday.

    Hometown Reads is also looking for stories about how you are handling book launches during this year, especially if you have information about how the pandemic has altered your book launch plans.


  • 22 Feb 2021 8:07 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)

    March Program Meeting
    Building Your Business:
    10 Pearls from 15 Years of Hard Knocks

    Thursday, March 18, 2021
    6:45–8:30 p.m. (presentation starts at 7:00 p.m.)
    Online Meeting via Zoom
    Click here to RSVP!
     

     

    Join SD/PEN at our next program meeting on Thursday, March 18 when Amy Rasdal, founder of Billable at the Beach®, teaches us how to build business and client relationships—by tapping into our superpowers.
     
    Amy has helped hundreds of people start their own successful consulting businesses through speaking, workshops, and informative programs over the past 10 years. Founder of Billable at the Beach®, she traded her corporate job for consulting 15 years ago. The advantages are freedom, flexibility, control, interesting work, and—if you do it right—excellent pay.
     
    As Amy puts it, we should be aiming to build client relationships where you are the superhero using your unique “superpowers” to do work that others can’t. That enables you to be selective about who you work with, be confident that you’ll always find work, and be well-compensated for what you do.
     
    In this program, Amy will also help us with business questions like these:

    • How do I build and maintain a steady flow of clients?
    • How do I set my rates?
    • Should I pursue stable, long-term contracts or flexibility?
    Amy has over 25 years of experience in operations, product development, corporate development, and marketing. Prior to forming Rasdal Associates, she held a variety of positions at CareFusion, Cardinal Health, Tandem Medical, Epic Cycle Interactive, and ASK Computer Systems. Amy holds an MBA from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth as well as undergraduate degrees in computer science, music, and French. She also founded Billable with Baby®, aimed at liberating corporate working mothers. 
     

    To receive a link to the Zoom meeting, 
    RSVP via Eventbrite by clicking 
    here no later than Wednesday, March 17.

     
    Cost: Members ­– FREE; Nonmembers – $7.50
     


  • 22 Feb 2021 7:47 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    SDWEG Guild member and Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors, Leon Lazarus, features stories of the absurdities of life in apartheid South Africa through podcasts on his website, Barking at Dogs.

    Choose from four episodes already on the website:

    • "Barking at Dogs" The year is 1988. Our non-racial band is in a small college town in apartheid South Africa preparing to play for an unfriendly audience. The drummer, isn't taking any guff off the conservative audience.
    • "Matjiesfontein" There's a paranormal disturbance on the second floor of the hotel in Matjiesfontein, but it's not half as bad as the argument that ensues. If the story doesn’t scare you, it might make you laugh.
    • "Lost in Rini" (featured in the Guild's 2019 Guilded Pen Anthology) In apartheid South Africa, giving a friend a ride home after dark could prove dangerous. This episode of Barking At Dogs is dedicated to the late, great Alistair Weakly.
    • "Lion Dung" When a friend tells you to find lion shit and spread it across the lawn, ask questions before you plunge yourself into the task! In a January 25, 2014, episode of Mythbusters, the premise behind this story was busted.

    Each episode is just short of half an hour, so be sure you have time to listen through to the end. Also be advised that the stories contain adult language and may not be suitable for young children. Now you know.

    Leon LazarusMy 30-year career has taken me from journalist to layout artist, studio manager, creative director, agency VP, and consultant, working in South Africa and the United States. I also hold a board position with the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild and chair the marketing committee. My focus has now turned to digital marketing and design in support of my favorite habit, writing.

    With six published children's books, two short stories, a novel looking for an agent, one ongoing podcast series, and one audiobook podcast in production, this is hardly the time to slow down.

    You can follow my writing and creative work at http://www.leonlazarus.com.
     


  • 20 Feb 2021 8:31 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)




    Check out this interview between Guild members Sarah Faxon, the interviewer, and Janet Hafner, the author, about Janet's journey into the world of writing.

    https://youtu.be/d626hqfdRw4

    If you would like Sarah to interview you on your latest writing projects, contact her at Sarah@sdwritersguild.org.

    And check out her YouTube Channel to see interviews with other authors.


  • 20 Feb 2021 7:26 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    Two vIews of Rhoda Riddell during her California days

    October 28, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rhoda Riddell, founder of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The Board of Directors of the Guild are pleased to dedicate the 2020 edition of The Guilded Pen anthology to the memory of Rhoda Riddell.

    The story of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild is one of struggle and fortitude by a group of gutsy women who got started, and many who have continued the effort.

    In the fall of 1978, our founder, Rhoda Riddell, returned to San Diego from the East Coast. She yearned to find a group of compatible souls who, like her friends in the Word Guild in New York, would share the joys and travails of a freelance writer's life. She advertised for writers in The Reader and was inundated by people seeking work. A dozen or so accepted her invitation to meet as an informal support group.

    That began the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. Nineteen years later, in January 1998, the Guild honored Rhoda Riddell with its Founders Award and acknowledged her impact through the granting of the Rhoda Riddell Builders Award to four others who helped get the Guild going: Betty Dodds, Betty Smith, Peggy Lipscomb-Kazwara, and Betty Jurus. Since then the Guild has continued to present Rhoda Riddell Builders Awards to members who have had a positive impact on the Guild.

    Rhoda lived a full and interesting life. From Rhoda's obituary in the Borego Sun.

    Rhoda (Fulton) Riddell was born in Japan on October 28, 1920 to Robert and Karen Fulton, marking the start of an adventurous life.

    Her parents left Japan after the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923 and eventually settled in La Jolla. Rhoda graduated from La Jolla High in 1938 and then waited tables at her mother’s local restaurant “Fulton’s Green Dragon Inn.” She also did some modeling and briefly attending UC Berkeley and secretarial school.

    Rhoda met an enlisted man in La Jolla and they went to Hawaii to be married - two weeks before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Rhoda told how she and her husband Robert were in bed when the Japanese attacked and how the Japanese were shooting at their get-away car.

    When the couple later divorced, Rhoda decided to travel the world with her two daughters, Laurie and Cecily. Rhoda lived in nine countries and worked as a foreign war correspondent, had a radio show for armed forces, was a realtor in La Jolla and a travel writer and social director aboard a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.

    She loved to read and was a member of the Mensa Society and founding mother of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. Rhoda lived in Borrego Springs for about fifteen years and passed away after complications from a fall.

    Rhoda was known for her wit, was cheerful, funny and authentic. Interestingly, she ended her stay on Friday the 13th [2015]. Mrs. Riddell lived in Borrego Springs for about fifteen years and had a remarkable life.



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