Tuesday, January 31, 2012

To Tip or Not To Tip?

Hi Everyone,

Today's blog is about tipping at a restaraunt. Do you leave a tip?

The standard tip is 15% So basically if you spend $100 you owe another $15 to the waitor/waitress for bringing you your food and drink that you are already paying for.

For me I always leave a tip and I always leave the standard 15%. I'm one of those people who have to get out my calculator and figure it just to make sure I'm not cheating them. LOL.

But really it's not fair to the customer. The restaraunt owner should pay their staff a fair wage and then that wouldn't be put off on the customer.

For example:
At my favorite steak house that I go to all the time. One of my kids gets off the kids menu and his plate is $5.99 and my other kid gets his off the regular menu but he gets a small steak and potato and his food is $9.99 so together their food comes to approx. $16

With appatizer, salads, drinks our bill comes to about $75 and my tip comes to approx. $12 So my tip will almost pay for both of my kids to eat. AND I am already paying the restaraunt $75 to eat there.

So although I always pay the tip and plan to keep eating at my favorite restaruant LOL I don't see the fairness in that cost being put off on the customer. I think the restaraunt should pay the staff a proper wage.

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What is your Pet Peeve when reading a book?

Hi Everyone,

When you are reading a book what is the one thing you absolutely hate to see?

I absolutely hate when an author feels the need to tell the reader step by step every little thing they do as if we the reader are too stupid to know or imagine the events LOL.

For Example:
She looked at Brad and said, "I'm going to go take a shower."
Kim walked up the stairs and went into her bedroom. She got a change of clothes and then walked down the hall to the bathroom. As she turned the water on and filled her bath, she added some bubble bath. When the tub was finished filling up she sank down in the steamy hot water.

All the above paragraph did was lengthen the word count of the book LOL. We the reader don't need to know this. We know that if she is taking a bath she would most likely need to put new clothes on afterwards. We know that if she is taking a bath then she would need to fill the tub with water. These kind of step by step sentences are not adding detail.

There is a difference in adding detail and just telling us every little thing she did.

I have other pet peeves like head hopping and things but that is my #1 pet peeve. What is yours? When you read a book what is the one thing that drives you crazy? LOL

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Guest Blogger: Kelly Abell

Welcome Kelly Abell. She is here to share some thoughts on Point Of View.

Third person POV can be quite confusing and take on many forms. A writer needs to be cognizant of their utilization of those forms. In this blog entry I will attempt to help you as a writer distinguish between the types of third person POV and how to successfully use them in your writing.

The first method of third person narration is the Dramatic or Objective Point of View. This method is used most often by writers and involves rendering action and speech that all the points of view share. You are not in a particular person’s head from a narrator’s standpoint. The presentation is limited to only what is spoken and what happens. There is no presentation of inner thoughts of the characters. This leaves readers the freedom to react on their own accord, much like a jury in a trial.

Next let’s discuss the Omniscient Point of View. Omniscient means all-knowing. This narrator can see all, know all and potentially disclose all. Here the speaker of the novel presents not only action and dialogue but also reports the inner thoughts and reactions of the character. In reality we can never know what is in another person’s mind, but we make assumptions and that is the purpose of the omniscient point of view. This can add dimension to the characters in a novel.

Within the omniscient POV you may have the Limited or Limited-Omniscient POV and this focuses on the thoughts and deeds of the main character in a story. Personally this style works well for me. Here I can present my character’s thoughts and motivations. The reactions and emotions of my characters take on a depth I can’t accomplish with dramatic point of view. It gives a story richness without limiting whose eyes a reader can view a story through.

Limited-Omniscient POV leads many editors criticize writers for “head hopping”. With head hopping a writer adjusts this Limited-Omniscient POV too quickly and without a scene break. It can be utterly confusing for a reader when a writer presents a scene from two limited-omniscient points of view. That is not to say that you can’t use more than one Limited-Omniscient POV but it is easier on your reader if you have an obvious scene break or chapter break prior to changing which character’s thoughts and emotions you are presenting. This is particularly important in love scenes or arguments. You can illustrate what your POV character is observing and that will give you the ability to show your reader what is happening without getting into the other character’s head.

Third Person POV can be an easy way to tell a story and give a writer the ability to richly describe the events and actions of a story as well as demonstrate the deepening of all the writer’s character’s development. Write on my friends and enjoy exploring many different points of view for the depth they can add to your stories.

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