I'll probably be absent for a few days; just a few, I hope. The family crises keep on coming and my thoughts are not on writing. I know I am not alone in this kind of thing. Several friends are enduring family crises of their own. I think it's time to ask for a re-start of 2012 on a better note. All in favor, say aye!
I did want to pass along some tidbits of writerly info. The "Chicago Manual of Style" -- THE writers' source for style -- has another update, but there are highlights of the changes on the following website . . . http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/about16_rules.html
Purdue University's OWL site also references the 16th edition of "Chicago" http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/
I like the online accessibility because it means I don't have to leave the computer to look up a question.
And speaking of not leaving the computer: That's probably not a good idea. I know a writer that tells stories full of wonderful, well-developed characters that draw the reader in, and she doesn't vegetate in front of the computer screen. She's a member of several writers' groups, critique groups, is active in her church and does tons of volunteer work. She is a keen observer of human behavior and gets a lot of her writerly inspiration via her lifestyle. So, the lesson is, get out there and mingle. Add personal observation and interaction to your work study and your characters are sure to come alive.
Okay. I need to get this posted while I still have a connection. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I'll try to do the same.