Monthly Archives: January 2013

Lay vs. Lie

Am I the only one who can’t ever get this right? 

Now here’s one of the best explanations I have found and I’m posting it here so that I can find it again. Courtesy of

Lay 1  and lie 2  are often confused. Lay  is most commonly a transitive verb and takes an object. Its forms are regular.  If “place” or “put” can be substituted in a sentence, a form of lay  is called for: Lay the folders on the desk. The mason is laying brick. She laid the baby in the crib. Lay  also has many intransitive senses, among them “to lay eggs” ( The hens have stopped laying ), and it forms many phrasal verbs, such as lay off  “to dismiss (from employment)” or “to stop annoying or teasing” and lay over  “to make a stop.”
Lie,  with the overall senses “to be in a horizontal position, recline” and “to rest, remain, be situated, etc.,” is intransitive and takes no object. Its forms are irregular; its past tense form is identical with the present tense or infinitive form of lay : Lie down, children. Abandoned cars were lying along the road. The dog lay in the shade and watched the kittens play. The folders have lain on the desk since yesterday.
 In all but the most careful, formal speech, forms of lay  are commonly heard in senses normally associated with lie.  In edited written English such uses of lay  are rare and are usually considered nonstandard: Lay down, children. The dog laid in the shade. Abandoned cars were laying along the road. The folders have laid on the desk since yesterday.

Meet Author Troy Jackson

The Elementals by Troy Jackson

We continue our series of author interviews today with Troy Jackson. Born in 1974 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Troy moved to the great state of Georgia with his family at the age of three where he as lived ever since. Currently he resides outside the city of Atlanta with his loving wife and daughter. His passion for history, fantasy, and science fiction began at an early age with a little nudge from his older brother. Attending Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia he received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Teaching. In his spare time he enjoys being with his family, watching and partaking in sports. Although new to the profession, he intends on writing about subjects that have always fascinated him, including fantasy, adventure, science fiction and history.

Here’s here to talk about his new novel, The Elementals:

1) Tell us about yourself – what do you like to write?  How long have you written?  What prompted you to start writing?

I am a lover of all-things fantasy, historical, and science fiction, both reading and writing.  I have written for many years, but “professionally” I would say only the last few years.  I have always enjoyed writing, and used to always “gaze at the stars” and wonder what it would be like to finally write something and have it published.  A few years ago I decided to finally put the wheels in motion and actually do it.
2) What types of books do you like to read?

Again, anything fantasy, historical, or science fiction.

3) Do you have another author that you model yourself after?

I like a number of authors, especially Robert Jordan (and now Brandon Sanderson), who wrote the Wheel of Time series.  David Eddings.  C.S. Lewis.  J.R.R. Tolkein.  More recent ones I’d say Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, or James Patterson.
4) What inspires you to write one?

An idea pops in my head and I have to jot it down at least and hope that one day I’ll get around to it.  I’d recommend this to anyone thinking of writing.  You don’t want to forget!
5) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?

Well, I have written one novel, and I’d say from start to finish it took over 2 years.  It’s an arduous project, but when it’s complete, it’s a fantastic feeling!
6) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest?

Most difficult is definitely editing.  I can only read something so many times before I start to cringe.  It’s why I then had a few others look it over with fresh eyes.  Easiest I would say is the original writing of it, although it took a long time.
7) Tell us about your book?  Where can readers find it?  Do you have a website?  Blog?
The Elementals is a novel that can fit into many genres and sub-genres including fantasy, supernatural, historical fiction, historical fantasy, and action.  It takes place some 2200 years ago during the reign of the First Emperor of China.  He was the first to unify the country after hundreds of years of warfare.  Some say he was a savior, others called him a tyrant.  The book picks up actual events that occurred back then, but I add my own supernatural twist to it as we follow an insurgent organization called the Dragon’s Spite who wish to supplant the Emperor.  But first they must seek out three young teenagers that unknowingly hold vast elemental powers that could bring balance back to the region.  Will they locate the girls before the Emperor, who wishes to bend them to his will?
My website, which includes my blog, is at:
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It is also in ebook format, so check your app store (for Kindle, Nook, i-Books, etc.)


Poetry Thursday

Write A Poem
by L. M. Steel


Reach up and touch the sky and run delicate fingers through the stars
Watch as the world around you disappears
Look back and see through eyes from afar.

See busy streets and towns run around
The lives moving like insect drones in motion
Look and see you among the chaos
Lost in amongst the commotion

Try and find the place you lost your way
Where you walked in someone else’s shoes
When you were first infected with society,
and at what point you became confused.

You moved in step with the rest of life,
You followed in their shadows and footprints
You have become slow and automated; there are no moments, no incidents!

You just watched landscapes fly by instead of looking and seeing the beauty divine
You think about targets for tomorrow instead of just floating away in your own mind.

Think back and remember when a tree told a story
When a field of rolling heather was a legend
When you saw magic and mystery in everything
When you could just close your eyes and pretend.

Step back and find your lost dream
Reach out and grasp your imagination
Step out of the ordinary clear light of day and back into the haze of your own destination

For you have become lost on the direct path
Succumbed to the world, weary weak and tired.
So reach up and touch the stars and dream
Look and See and once again be Inspired!

L.M. Steel

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Twitter: @LMSteel1

My first novel Judged by Your Peers is available here

Everyone Has Their Secrets

Shay Works on the deli counter of a super market and lately there seems to be tensions between the counter girls that no-one wants to explain. Shay is pre-occupied with her own troubles though, you see Shay has a secret… She’s gay!
It’s 2009… what Shay thinks is the worst secret in the world, it turns out no-body’s really bothered about …except for the fact she’s married.
But Shay is then faced with something she was not prepared for…her friends have their own secrets, and one by one they all begin to learn about each other, with some shocking consequences…
An Alcoholic, An Adulterer, A Thief, A Racial Extremist and … A Paedophile???

Meet Author Sylvie Nickels

Today’s Guest Blogger: Sylvie Nickels is here with us today to discuss her writing, her life and her fifth novel, Courage to Change.
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Sylvie Nickels and I’m rather old as indicated by the fact that I have been writing since I was ten years old and that is over 70 years ago.
2. What project-in progress would you like to discuss today?
The current one is nearly finished but has been at the back of my mind for a long time.  So far my books have been aimed for the general adult reader and a common theme has been the effect of war on the children and grandchildren of participants.  My current project, Courage to Change, is aimed at teenagers/young adults and the theme is addiction.
Brief synopsis.  Nicola (Nikki) Wood’s father James is an alcoholic.  The book opens on her twelfth birthday party which, as usual, he ruins.  Eventually he leaves home and, because her mother Ann is short of money, she takes a job and Nikki goes to live with her grandparents (the Grampies) who pay for her to go to a private school.  Determined to keep control of her life, Nikki has ambitious plans for her studies and exams.  
Nikki meets Baz on the internet and eventually his parents.  She takes her first alcoholic drink by mistake, likes the effect, is sure it’s OK as long as you keep it in control.  Over the coming years, through exams and relationships, she becomes more dependent on it.  She also meets her now-sober father.  Eventually her drinking brings her to a life style quite alien to her aspirations.  A friend of her father drives her to the village where her father lives and dumps her outside the village hall.  A man helps her in and she finds herself at a meeting of a self-help group.  Her father is speaking, stops when he sees her and holds out his arms.  All it needs, he says, is ‘the courage to change’ (which is the title of the book.)
The book is written in the first person by Nikki herself, now in rehab and on the eve of her 20th birthday.
  1. What inspired you take on a project like this?
The fact that I was once addicted myself – indeed I would say that I am in recovery rather than cured though I have not indulged in the addiction for 35 years.
  1. How do you find the time to write?
With difficulty at the moment, as I am a full time carer.  On the other hand, writing is an absolute marvel as an escape route.  So I manage it!
  1. During your travels, what country impressed you the most and why?
Finland is the country to which I return the most often.  I like its huge horizons, its clearly defined seasons, and its people who are slow to get to know but friends for life once established.  My last book, ‘The Other Side of Silence’ was largely based in Finland.
A country I have not visited and would very much like to is China.
  1. If you could time travel, what period would you want to live in?
The dawn of history in Europe – to see if I’d have the initiative to enter history, and to see if I really could have walked from England to continental Europe.
  1. Write me a story in three sentences, 100 words or less.
“For the tenth time in ten minutes he asked what was for supper.  ‘Do you remember,’ I asked, ‘those big rivers we canoed down – in Europe and North America?’  For an hour, while I chopped veg, chopped fruit in preparation for supper, and set the table, he gave me a vivid account of adventuring 30 or 40 years ago, before asking again ‘what are we having for supper?'”
  1. When you aren’t writing, what do you like to do?
Reading, yoga, bird watching, travel (not currently practical).
  1. Where can we find out more about you and your books?
This gives a bit of info about me, and more about the books I have currently available.  I’m working on a new blog, but it’s not live yet.
  1. What advice would you give to a budding writer?
Don’t wait for inspiration.  Write.  Write every day – even if it’s rubbish and only for a few minutes.  If you can’t do it, perhaps you should question whether you have the stamina to be a writer…

Lyrical Spherical 2

‘Dream Train’ by Mick Rooney RA

by Regina Holm-Stockley
Got an ache inside my head
Eyes sensitive to light
I think it is about that time
Where i should say goodnight.
The voices buried deep inside
They like the darkest night
As i close my weary eyes
They start to scream and fight.
A battle of magnitude
It makes me think i might
be on the losing side
and my sanity in flight.
Drifting deeper into dreams
of pure craziness in sight
letting go of everything
can be the purest delight.
In my world of make-believe
Nothing is black or white
Internal mayhem rules
Along with colours bright.
Dragging me much deeper in
Reaching malicious height
A nightmare’s ugly head
The mind shudders from fright
Finally dawns another day
Dreams are banished by light
A weary head awakens
To dream again tonight

Meet Author Zrinka Jelic

Zrinka C. Jelic
Romantic fantasies powered by history

Bonded by Crimson ~ A paranormal romance  
Treasured Chest ~ A pirate’s romance

Hi Zrinka! Who are you and what do you do? 

I am a mom of two boys by day and writer by night, or whenever I grab a moment.
What project-in-progress would you like to discuss today? 
I’m trying to complete my third novel, a paranormal romance under the working title “Love Remains”. It’s a story dedicated to al working women, but especially those who have forgone the option of having a family for their own for career. It’s a story of what if…?
What inspired you to take on a project like this? 
In my work as a temporary office clerk, I’ve seen many women who dedicated themselves to the company and got nothing to show for it. The stay at work after hours, they come in on weekends, they take projects home to work on them. And worse of all, they despise of women who run out at 5 o’clock sharp to pick up the kids from daycare.
How do you find the time to write?  
Good question, I wonder myself. But I squeeze a few hours each day.Usually in the evening after dinner and when kitchen’s all cleaned up.  
How did you get from Croatia to Canada?  
Something that doesn’t exist any more, JAT or Jugosavenski (Yugoslav) Air Transport. My sister was here by then and a few relatives. It smelled of war back home and sure enough there was one. So I escaped it by a couple of years.
If you could time-travel, where would you want to live?  
Not sure I’d go back into history. Life back then was harsh and brutal and no one had it good. I think I’d go into the future, but I’d be too afraid to find out what’s waiting there.
Write me a story in three sentences, 100 words or less. 
I can tell you a joke in three sentences. A man comes to hospital and doctor tells him “Congrats, It’s a boy.” He steps to his wife’s bed and says, “Oh a boy. So who does a little guy resemble?” His wife says, “What can I tell you, honey. You don’t know the man.”
When you aren’t writing, what do you like to do? 
Read, work out at the gym or at home, go for walks, travel.
Where can we find out more about you and your books?
You can go to my blog 
My Facebook author page Zrinka Jelic Author 

What advice would you give to a budding writer?  

Never to give up. They don’t know if they have that next bestseller until it’s written and published, but if they don’t get it out there, they’ll never know. And yes, it may not be the best book ever, but someone will like it and someone won’t. Don’t be afraid to put your heart out there, I know it can be frightening. But take good along with the bad.
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Lyrical Spherical

Two Souls
by Regina-Holm-Stockley
Two souls meeting at night
Skirting around the periphery
Barely in sight
The longing is strong
Two souls meeting at night
A magnetic pull in both
Just out of reach
Feel the desire
Two souls meeting at night
An electric current
At the first touch
A need to be closer
Two souls meeting at night
Dancing around
Such a delight
Both hearts on fire
Two souls meeting at night
Completely entwined
Nothing else on their mind
With fear in their hearts
Two souls that met at night
Now parted by the light
The red light of morning
A new day is dawning
Two souls waiting for night
Where they hope to meet
The day all forgotten
And dream is reality
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