When Eight Became Either

Opening sentence to a major news story published July 2, 2017:

“A shootout erupted around 10:30pm on Sunday night in Avignon, southern France, when two gunmen opened fire on a crowd outside the Arrahma mosque leaving either people injured…”

During article read, realized “either” should have been numeral ‘eight’.

No correction as of this date (7/16/17).

What happened to self-editing, especially for the “hook”?

If a writer, consider self-editing, several times, prior to publishing. Readers like me appreciate clean and clear type. Really do!

Either write well – with quality in mind – or eight ball the content. Your shot!

 

 

Devastating Derivative

Sometimes when reading news articles I come across a “hidden treasure” of information that, to me, should be a headliner story. Maybe ‘hidden treasure’ is not appropriate terminology, but that’s how I describe a seemingly buried tidbit of a newsworthy topic. Here’s what I consider to be a newsworthy tidbit contained in an article about recent polio cases in Congo:

“Like the Syrian outbreak, the four Congolese cases were caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, which emerges in areas with only patchy vaccine coverage after being excreted by people who have been vaccinated.”

“Vaccine-derived” caught my attention immediately, as did the mention of “Syrian outbreak”.

About the same time frame of reading that article, I came across reportage of a “mystery polio-like illness” attributed to “a rare virus called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)”. What struck me as quite odd in the article was a child neurologist’s quoted statement:

‘It actually looks just like polio, but that term really freaks out the public-health people,’ he said.”

Devastating!

I encourage research and leave you to your own opinions or conspiracy theorist conclusions.

 

 

 

 

Inappropriate Thanks

On June 23, 2017 I read an article about Australia taxing banks and noticed, what I believe, to be an inappropriate use of the word “thanks”:

The tax was imposed by South Australia, which is struggling with the country’s highest unemployment rate and thanks the banks should be doing more to pitch in.

I think thanks should be thinks. Do you?

I’m thinking the banks are not thanking Australia. Do ya think?

Me thinks thanks could be thinks by now, but maybe not, since no guarantee editing occurred since read.

Am I skull-banging your thinker? Think so! If so, no thanks needed.

Thinker on….

Varioous the Moose

I’m halfway decent at spelling words, so when reading, some misspelled words ripple my read . A few weeks ago, I saw “varioous”, rather than “various”, used in a sentence. For me, even though mind-rippled, misspelled words fodders creative muse, sometimes causing writer inspiration. The poet in me automatically anchored “varioous” (silent “u”) to “the moose” and compartmentalized it in the ‘ol brain. Later that day, unannounced, the darn compartment opened revealing a rhyme poem entitled Varioous the Moose. I would have preferred a children’s story, but this is all I got:

Varioous the Moose
Ran clumsy and loose
Into Nature’s vine noose
Near nest of wild goose

Blah! Disappointing, to say the least. But, much more could be done with the moose idea. Don’t ya think?

Within day or so after that misspelling noticed, came across “aksi”, rather than “also”. Decided Aksi (acksee) could be a great pet name (picturing Husky dog) or fictional character (stout, lumberman/timberman elf – oooh, apolitical…lumberman/timberman) in fantasy story, so it’s stored in a separate compartment for possible later use. Heck, with all creatives in world, someone may have used Aksi already. Probably so.

Feel free to add to poem or create something new with that moose or Aksi. Share in comments or contribute. Or, keep your creation to yourself and remember who sparked your muse.

I would have shown quoted sentences with the misspells and links to the interesting articles where the misspellings occurred, but by time revisited one, “varioous” had been corrected (congrats to journalist) and the other, well, had so many article pages bookmarked, didn’t want to waste time looking through them, since forgot which article had “aksi”. Working on better way for organizing this type content. Wish me luck!

Toodles,

Patricia

 

Questioning Small Ball Explosions

Say I packed a small plastic ball with cow dung and rigged it to detonate upon non-careful handling, then placed the ball in a shopping bag behind a statue in a public area. A stranger finds the bag, opens it, and gets dung splattered and ball fragment riddled causing an eye injury. Would you say what I did was a “deliberate attack”?

Apparently, this exploding ball incident (possibly student masterminded) is not considered so by one individual.

I think the exploding ball manufacturer was deliberate in personal motivation and had nefarious intentions, unconcerned about consequences resulting to another from ball explosion. So, to me, the injurious incident was a deliberate attack.

I’d like to know more about ball contents, how often the ball explosions occur, and what motivates the students (if they are the culprits) to create these small bombs. Are the explosive incidents occasional pranks or an evolving deadly game?

What is your opinion about exploding balls and their manufacturers?

Questioning Accidental Crossfire

Questioning Accidental Crossfire

On June 10, 2017, read this article and it had me questioning how deaths and wounds resulted from a crossfire “accident”, especially since the gunfire was not from opposing forces.

If you read the article, did a concurring question arise?

I’d like to see further coverage on this incident and the police investigation. Would you?

New Pages and Other Goodies

Hi, All!

I’ve added new pages for legalities, a contact form and contributor information. If you read any of those pages before today, then please read them again…several have been tweaked.

Added social media share buttons and a follow button.

Decided Creative Commons license will not apply to this website.

Hope you’ll let me know if you have any problems using the site, so I can correct anything that’s not functioning properly.

I’m open to any suggestions for improving the site.

Next post should be on site’s theme. Oh yah!

Bye, for now!

About and Spammy-Yammies

Hey, hey, hey…got a little bit done today.

Surprised to see I had pages and pages of member subscribers to the blog. Doofy me forgot to untick that anyone could register, so the spammy-yammies had a field day. Sorry if you were a legit member, especially since subscribers were deleted. But you can now subscribe to the updated feed via RSS reader or subscribe for updates delivered by email. Subscription options are in the right sidebar. Of course, you can bookmark the site and check-in at your convenience.

Posted an “About” page. If you have time, read it. More pages will be added before I can get into the heart of this blog.

Changed the theme several times and may do again. Hang in there as I waddle through set-up.

Stay tuned!

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses (Positive and Negative)

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses (Positive and Negative)

You may be wondering why this site is not further along with content, so let me provide some negative and positive excuses:

    • Several family deaths and illnesses (negative)
    • Holiday travel (positive)
    • Electricity outage spanning several days (negative and positive)
    • Other work deemed more important (positive)
    • Personal health issues (negative)
    • Procrastination (negative and positive)
    • Indecisiveness (negative and positive)

Hey, but I did get the SSL certificates installed with no major complications. Oh yah! That’s a cool positive in the right direction, huh?

Anyhoo, the plan is to work on site next week…to complete set-up. A myriad of things (negative and positive) could delay me, so don’t hold your breath.

On another positive note, my great-granddaughter cut her first tooth, with a second breaking through the gums. On a negative note, my daughter ran over a wild boar, which damaged her new car, but thankfully, she did not wreck (Another positive!).

Final thought: Don’t let excuses excuse you from responsibilities, even though some deadlines may not be met on time, and always look for the positives when confronted with negatives in life

Patricia