Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my latest post. Congratulations to MaureenE! She wins a digital copy of my “How To” series–3 full length historical romances in one romp of a boxed set!–in her choice of Kindle or Nook format!
“Full of such sly fun that the pages really flew by. All I have to do now is find the author’s backlist.” ~ on “How to Please a Pirate” ~ All About Romance
I’m a word junkie. I’m usually half drunk on them. I love playing with them and using them in unexpected ways. But sometimes, I see a word misused so badly, it makes me worry for the English language.
The other day the DH and I were driving along and we happened to find ourselves behind a tradesman’s van. The elaborate decal on the back used the word “DYNAMIC” to describe the business.
We wondered how this particular business decided to use “DYNAMIC” to characterize their company. There are several different definitions for the word.
I’m a trained musician, so my first thought was that dynamic refers to volume. From forte to pianissimo, dynamics are the level of sound produced by a voice or instrument. A wide swing between loudness or softness indicates a broad range of dynamics.
Of course, I’m also a writer. A dynamic tale is one with filled with energy and almost constant change. A dynamic story is a powerful story.
My DH is a cyber-wizard. Dynamic code is incorporated into very high-level programs. It detemines what’s being worked on and applies the correct process automatically.
So what was the business of the guy in the van? DYNAMIC WASTE DISPOSAL.
Does that mean the disposal is loud? Powerful? A type of disposal that intuitively determines the sort of trash being dumped and automatically processes it correctly?
Clearly, dynamic has nothing to do with waste disposal. It’s just a word someone thought sounded cool. I understand that language is a fluid thing, that meanings evolve as people play with words, but for pity’s sake!
Have you ever run into the total misuse of a word that tripped you up?
Yikes! When I see it in print, it’s suddenly real. He’s retiring early and we’re moving back to the Midwest to be closer to our family. People have warned me that retirement means half the money and twice the husband, but that’s a trade I’ll make all day. So the yikes isn’t for that.
The yikes is for everything we have to do before then. Here’s my tentative list:
1. Sell the condo in New England.–We have a realtor coming tomorrow and fortunately, our building is a popular one. We hope not to have problems selling, but it is an unknown. And unknowns make me nervous.
How you live in a home has no resemblance to how you sell one. We’ve been boxing things up and decluttering like crazy. I think we should rent a storage space and take out a lot of our furniture. The DH doesn’t want to, but I’m sure that’s what the realtor will recommend. Guess he needs to hear it from a pro.
2. Renovate the house in the Midwest.–When we moved to Boston in 2007, we knew we’d eventually want to move back to the town where my parents live. The DH says now is the time to update the house the way we want, so we’ve signed with a contractor for some major redo’s. We’re getting new flooring and paint throughout, a new kitchen and master bath.
I’m heading back to the Midwest at the beginning of March to supervise the reno and make all of the large and small decisions that come with remodeling. Remember, I’m the sort of person who’s so insecure with her decorating choices, she’s always had white walls. Until now. No pressure…
And no, sadly that is not a pic of our contractor.
3. Fly back to Boston and pack up.–Of course, this assumes we’ve sold the condo and the DH is able to put in his two week notice. We have reserved a moving company, but if we have some of our stuff in a storage place, I wonder if they’ll pick up in both places. And how will I supervise them in two places at once?
Are you sensing I have control issues yet?
Then we have a two day drive with a nervous terrier in tow. Mack is a great little dog, but he’s not a good traveler. He’ll pant himself into a frenzy for the first 50 miles before he figures out that the “mobile den” is the place to be and he needs to decide it’s ok.
So those are the broad strokes of what’s ahead for me. (We won’t get into the fact that during this time I also need to finish revisions for my upcoming A Rake by Any Other Name, write the first draft of Say Yes to the Marquess, and start the next story I have coming due.) What I’m mostly worried about is that with all the little details headed my way, I’m going to forget something. Maybe a lot of somethings.
So, if you can give me some help putting together a “Must Do List” to make this move easier, I will bless your name. I’ll also give one randomly chosen commenter her choice of either Dragonsong, my newest Viking novel or my How To Series, a trio of Georgian/Victorian novels, in either Kindle or Nook formats.
So, what gem of moving wisdom can you toss my way?
Thank you to everyone who helped me kick off my Between a Rake & a Hard Place Virtual Tour last week. My DH has done his magic and pulled two names out of the hat. Here are the winners from the Monday, January 6th post:
Nelle@NellesNightstand–Between a Rake & a Hard Place
You’ll be hearing from me soon, ladies about receiving your prizes.
If you didn’t win, remember this is only the first stop on the tour. This week, I’ll be visiting Ramblings from this Chick, FreshFiction and my friend Vanessa Kelly’s lively blog. Check our itinerary and be sure to join me for 2 chances to win at each stop!
PS. I also need to announce a very belated winner from my post of December 16th. My extremely bad, but I’ll plead the confusion of the holidays in this instance. Congrats to Laurie W G who’ll receive a digital copy of My Lady Below Stairs in her choice of Kindle or Nook format.
Welcome to the first stop on my Between a Rake and a Hard Place Virtual Tour!
Between a Rake and a Hard Place hits the bookstore shelves tomorrow. There’s actually some real history behind the premise to this series. In 1817, Princess Charlotte died along with her newborn son, the only legitimate heir to the British Crown after “Prinny.” The Prince Regent’s younger unmarried brothers realized they had an opportunity to put their offspring on the throne if they could be the first to marry and sire a child.
In Between a Rake and a Hard Place, my heroine Lady Serena is on the short list of possible royal duchesses. She chafes at the restrictions placed upon her gender and realizes that her life will be further restricted once she joins the royal family. So before the expected offer comes and she is forced to accept, she makes a list of forbidden pleasures she intends to sample.
Sir Jonah Sharp is more than happy to help her tick experiences off her list, especially since he’s been commissioned to seduce her so that she doesn’t receive an offer from the royal duke. But once he realizes he’s an item on Serena’s list, he wonders who’s seducing whom.
When I researched this story, I was a little aghast at the inequities women faced during the Regency era. A woman was regarded as a child or an imbecile in the courts, unable to be responsible for her own affairs. If a wellborn woman fell upon hard times, she had limited acceptable methods of providing for herself. She might become a paid companion to a wealthy lady or a governess, but she couldn’t go into business for herself and retain her respectability among the ton.
There have been lots of advances in women’s rights during my lifetime. I’m dating myself a bit, but when I was a girl, we were forbidden to wear pants to school. When the rule was finally lifted, I had to bring a note from home proving my parents knew that I wasn’t wearing a skirt. And this was in public school!
In order to enter for the giveaway today, all you need to do is share some way you personally feel a woman’s place in the world has improved. And here’s what you might win:
Sourcebooks is offering a giveaway copy of Between a Rake and a Hard Place (open to US and Canada) and I’d like to add another from me to sweeten the pot. Two winners will be chosen—one for the Sourcebooks print novel and one for a Kindle or Nook version of my newest Rock*It Read, Dragonsong. This sensual, adventurous story is perfect for readers who love the History Channel’s Vikings, but want a hero who knows how to love with faithfulness!
Be sure to check back next Sunday when I post the winners! Oh, and please join me at the other stops on my Between a Rake and a Hard Place Virtual Tour. Tomorrow I’ll be at Casablanca Authors and Books-N-Kisses with new giveaways. See you then.