Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction--July 14, 2014--Mnemonic Spelling Hints

A Step in the Write Direction

July 14, 2014

Update: This has been quite an interesting week with a lot happening. Monday I had a cat scan on my lungs. (The doctor has been trying everything with the COPD to lessen the coughing, so he wanted to see if they’ve missed something.)…My daughter and family from Oklahoma were supposed to leave Monday for a vacation in Michigan, then a woman from their church passed away, so they had to wait until Wednesday so my son-in-law could hold the funeral. Then also on Tuesday they got a call that my son-in-law’s mom here in Mesa is going to have hip replacement surgery on the 15th, so they changed their plans and came here instead. Got here Thursday night, so we’re enjoying their visit. (Note: If I had taken my trip to Michigan as planned, I would have missed their visit here!)….Also on Thursday I had a test I’ve never had before—a bronchoscopy, similar to an endoscopy, except this tube goes into the lungs, takes pictures and also a biopsy. So will find out the results of that and the cat scan at my appointment Thursday, July 17th… Finally finished reading over the edited manuscript for the new edition of A Step in the Write Direction, and learned how to globally replace straight quotes with curly ones—AFTER I went through the 393 pages and did each one manually! Sent the manuscript back to the publisher last night, and will just wait now for the final page proofs. The book is scheduled to come out in September with a new cover, which I’m eager to see.

Thought for the Day:
Lord, take me where You want me to go,
Let me meet whom You want me to meet,
Help me to say what You want me to say,
And keep me from getting in Your way.
                        —Father Mychal Judge, who lost his life on
    9/11/01, at the World Trade Center

Song for the Day:
I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
Over mountain, or plain, or sea.
I’ll say where You want me to say, dear Lord,
I’ll be what You want me to be.
            —Mary Brown, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go”

Laugh for the Day:

"Do you believe in life after death?" a supervisor asked his clerk. 
"Oh yes, sir," she replied. 
"That's good," the employer said, "because yesterday after you left early to attend your grandfather's funeral, he stopped by to see you."

Writer’s Tips:
Mnemonic Spelling Hints
Affect, as v., alter, sway; as n., psychological state
Effect, as v., establish; as n., end result
All right, two words; remember its antonym, all wrong
Anoint, use an ointment
Balloon, two l’s as in ball
Battalion, two t’s, one l, as in battle
Capitol, building as in dome
Capital, city as in an area
Connecticut, first I connect, then I cut.
Deductible, i as in IRS.
Dependent, take dependents to the dentist.
Descendant, descendants come from ancestors.
February, “Br! It’s cold.”
Friend, a friend to the end.
Grammar, bad grammar will mar your progress.
Gray, a as in America; grey, the English spelling, e as in England.
Inoculate, one n, one c, as in inject.
Memento, mem as in memory.
Minuscule, contains minus.
Piece, a piece of pie.
Privilege, a privilege gives you a leg up.
Recommend/recommendation, contain the word commend.
Rhythm, divide six letters into two groups, each with an h in the middle.
Separate, break into parts.
Stationary, stand still.
Stationery, write on it (or remember e stands for envelope).[1]

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And a great way to remember the names of the Great Lakes: Sailors refer to them as their HOMES—Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.

[1] Source unknown. Received in conference handout.

 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich
"A Step in the Write Direction--the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers"

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