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June 2008 Monthly Post Recap

Popular Idioms and Usages Part P The Skylight Room by O Henry Guide to Getting Published: Typescript Formatting How to Perfect Your Writing Style Contributions Invited to CuteWriting Popular Idioms and Usages Part O Guide to Getting Published: Preparing Your Novel’s Query Letter A Literary Classic for You Plural Forms: Rules and Style Guidelines New Additions to Blog! Punctuation Tip: Brackets, Braces, and Parentheses Guide to Getting Published: Literary Agent FAQ Popular Idioms and Usages Part N Guide to Getting Published: Are You There Yet? Mozilla Firefox Express Review Punctuation Tip: The Ellipsis Question Tags Popular Idioms and Usages Part M CuteWriting Copyright Policy Special Post: Movie Review of Dashavatharam (Dasavatharam) Special Post: How to Add Favicons to Blogger Blogs? Some Creative Writing Thoughts: Style, Diligence, Boldness, and Research Free Copyright Protection: How to Protect Your Electronic Works (Blogs, Documents, etc.) A Sherlock Holmes

Popular Idioms and Usages Part P

This post is the happy ninety-ninth post in CuteWriting. We are slowly approaching our hundredth post, the time for celebration. In this post, we will go through the popular idioms and usages starting with the letter ‘P’. This is a late post, and let me remind you that I am in deep tweaking of the new blogger template to grace CuteWriting tomorrow. Please bear with me… Paddle your own canoe : To take your decisions yourself. Paint the town red : Perform wild spree. Paper tiger : A person who has authority only in appearance. Pass the buck : Pass on the responsibility to another person. Pearls before swine : Something of quality offered to someone who neither deserves it nor can evaluate it. Peeping Tom : Somebody who peeps for sexual pleasure, a voyeur. Peg out : To die Pen and ink : To stink. Cockney Rhyming Slang . Peter out : To decrease to nil. Pie in the sky : A vacant promise of bright future for today’s sufferings. Pig’s ear : Beer. Cockney Rhyming S

The Skylight Room by O Henry

My CuteWriting is approaching its hundredth post. Today’s is the 99 th . I am in active redesign and testing of the blog. By the hundredth post, you will see a completely remodeled blog, which loads faster than this, with a more professional WordPress design template . Today, due to the time constraints, I won’t be able to post a more detailed post; so, please bear with me and read this short story by O Henry (William Sidney Porter) , The Skylight Room . The Skylight Room By O Henry FIRST Mrs. Parker would show you the double parlors . You would not dare to interrupt her description of their advantages and of the merits of the gentleman who had occupied them for eight years. Then you would manage to stammer forth the confession that you were neither a doctor nor a dentist. Mrs. Parker's manner of receiving the admission was such that you could never afterward entertain the same feeling toward your parents, who had neglected to train you up in one of the p

Guide to Getting Published: Typescript Formatting

Here is the third addition to the series of Guide to Getting Published. Today, we will check out the formatting guidelines for your typescript (manuscript). Though some publishers may differ in this, the most generally accepted norm of formatting is what I suggest here. Typescript: When referring to your manuscripts, start using the term, typescript. Manuscript is manual script , which means the script you prepare with your hand, the handwritten script . The technology has improved a lot, and the days of handwriting are long gone. The days of the typewriters are also almost gone, so you should stop calling your manuscripts ‘manuscript’. Now, the word to be used is ‘typescript’, and follow it. One more thing: almost all publishers have stopped accepting manuscripts; it’s only typescripts now. The formatting requirement of a typescript arises after you have submitted your query letter to the literary agent or editor . As I always recommended, did you check out the agent’s sit

How to Perfect Your Writing Style

When we speak about writing, beyond grammar and punctuation there is one very important thing to consider—your writing style . Without aptly styling your writing, you may seem highly inept. Developing a proper, unique writing style is the result of years of experience; however, if you really give some care, you can fine-tune your writing. This is the first step toward developing your unique writing style. In a series of posts, I will teach you the ways to develop your best writing style. What exactly is Writing Style It is a question I answered in a recent post. Please find your answer here: Creative Writing Style . Deciding Factors of Your Style It is very important that you write on a daily basis in quest to build your writing style . It will reinforce your inborn voice, and will help you get it out at any time. Any expertise comes as result of experience and sustained hard work. I was not a writer at all, but now, by daily updates to this blog, I am developing my writing sty

Contributions Invited to CuteWriting

[Dear readers, I have decided to invite user submissions to CuteWriting. We are nearing the hundredth post in this blog, and it’s a special occasion for us all. We have also hit the subscriber count above a hundred. Please read further below, to know about contributing to CuteWriting. ] CuteWriting is already a popular blog in the blogosphere, and perhaps the only Blogspot blog that well addresses creative writing and related topics . It is always best to post as guest to another blog, for brand building and promoting your own blog , if you have one. Here, I am giving each of you the opportunity to contribute to CuteWriting. The Benefits of This Program Links to your site or blog : From your post in CuteWriting, you can get a maximum of three links to the relevant pages in your site or blog. These links can be made highly targeted if you link to the most relevant pages in your blog, and will be very beneficial in terms of SEO. The links will be given in this way: you can place two l

Popular Idioms and Usages Part O

[Post for Salman Rushdie on his accomplishment; See Today's Special below] Here is the Oth part of the series of popular idioms and usages. Please voice your comments below. Of the first water : Of the highest quality Off the record : To indicate that the comments you make should not be published or attributed to you. Off the hook : Not in difficulty. Okey dokey : All right, now obsolete. On a wing and a prayer : Relying on good fortune in the future. On Carey Street : Be sunk in debt. On cloud nine : Extremely happy On par with : Equal to something On the dole : Unemployed. On the contrary : As opposed to. On the fiddle : Corrupt. On the other hand : In another way, in other words. On the QT : Secretly. Once in a blue moon : Very rarely. Once in a while : Occasionally One for the road : A final shot of drink before taking off on a journey. One over the eight : Fully drunk. Other fish to fry : A better thing to do Out of sorts : Not well.