Tuesday’s Writing Tips: Parentheses

Tuesday’s Writing Tips 

The Elements of Style

It’s time for another writing tip from the book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

I selected parantheses because I am reading Gone Girl, and there are lots of sentences and expressions in parentheses in this book. I wanted to make sure I knew the rules of punctuation. I thought this tidbit was useful.

Parentheses

A sentence containing an expression in parentheses is punctuated outside the last mark of parenthesis exactly as if the parenthetical expression were absent. The expression within the marks is punctuated as if it stood by itself, except that the final stop is omitted unless it is a question mark or an exclamation point.

I went to her house yesterday (my third attempt to see her), but she had left town.

He declares (and why should we doubt his good faith?) that he is now certain of success.

(When a wholly detached expression or sentence is parenthesized, the final stop comes before the last mark of parenthesis.)

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
~E. Joseph Cossman

obstacles haiku

Today’s Haiku

blockade lies ahead
but only for a moment—
eye on the prize

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Are you plagued with obstacles?

~Nicole

Girl on the Go: Take Me to Oregon

Take me to Oregon! Viewing waterfalls, long bike rides, drinking craft beer and hiking in Oregon is now a permanent fixture on my Girl on the Go list. This is another addition that might take awhile to achieve.

oregon haiku

Today’s Haiku:

lush green landscapes
engulf cascading water—
drowning fallen rock

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Do you have any hotspots in Oregon that I should seek out?

Are you looking for Bucket list items? Check out some of mine here. Or, feel free to suggest a fun activity for my list! I love adventure!

~Nicole

Brain Book

I have another podcast to share with you from DIY MFA. The gal who created this website/podcast, Gabriela Pereira, is awesome. She is one of those quirky gals that you just want to be friends with. She has wonderful ideas and is not afraid to share them with her students/fans.

Today I listened to her podcast about creating a “Brain Book.” I am a sucker for trinkets and quotes that inspire creativity. I can’t wait to create a Brain Book of my own, although, it won’t happen until we move in late July. As of right now, we have already starting packing. Many supplies are packed, and I want to have plenty of time to put some thought into this book.

Please visit the podcast: DIY MFA Brain Book

creativity brain book haiku

image credit: www.trinketsinbloom.com

Today’s Haiku:

a place for secrets
to hide without judgement—
an awakening

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Name one thing you would put in your “Brain Book.”

~Nicole

Tuesday’s Writing Tips: Avoid the Use of Qualifiers

Tuesday’s Writing Tips 

The Elements of Style

It’s time for another writing tip from the book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

Avoid the use of qualifiers.

Rather, very , little, pretty—these are the leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood of words. The constant use of the adjective little (except to indicate size) is particularly debilitating; we should all try to do a little better, we should all be very watchful of this rule, for it is a rather important one, and we are pretty sure to violate it now and then.

I love how the sarcasm runs deep within this paragraph. It gets the point across.

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Perfect-Moment-Inspiration-Picture-Quotes-Haiku

Today’s Haiku

moments tick by
stop…stop and appreciate
today’s offering

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What are you doing to make this day special?

~Nicole

Girl on the Go: Paint the House

Ok, so I am deviating from my Girl on the Go list again. Last week I chose a book I want to read, and this week, well, this week I want to paint our new house. Yes, a new house! A couple of weeks ago we sold our house and bought a new one. We recently finished all the paperwork and it looks like we’ll be moving in about one month.

The house we purchased is larger than our current home, and is in need of paint in several rooms. First of all, the people we bought the house from have young girls, so they painted the rooms with bright pinks and lime green colors. One room even has a blue sky with white clouds painted on the ceiling.

I have spent so much time on pinterest looking at color schemes and trying guess what colors will look nice in each room, but, my efforts are futile. I need to be in the house to get a feel for the colors I want to use in my office, the bedrooms and the living room. So, I am considering a trip to the home decor store as my Girl on the Go activity. Below is one of my favorite color schemes for the office. But, this may change by the time we move in.office colors haiku

Today’s Haiku:

aroma of paint
covers old memories
tenants new home

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Have you done any painting recently? What color schemes did you pick?

Are you looking for Bucket list items? Check out some of mine here. Or, feel free to suggest a fun activity for my list! I love adventure!

~Nicole

Tuesday’s Writing Tips: Nouns and Verbs

Tuesday’s Writing Tips 

The Elements of Style

It’s time for another writing tip from the book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

Write with nouns and verbs.

Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjective and adverbs. The adjective hasn’t been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place. This is not to disparage adjective and adverbs; they are indispensable parts of speech. Occasionally they surpise us with their power, as in

Up the airy mountain,

Down the rushy glen,

We daren’t go a-hunting

For fear of little men…

The nouns mountain and glen are accurate enough, but had the mountain not become airy, the glen rushy, William Allingham might never have got off the ground with his poem. In general, however, it is nouns and verbs not their assistants, that give good writing its toughness and color.

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fear-not-haiku

Today’s Haiku

torch your fears and
fuel endeavors with courage—
accept failure

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Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

~Nicole