Yes, it's time for a random blog entry. I already mentioned that two out of three of my March short story submissions were accepted, and Dreamspinner is moving along at quite the pace. They're aiming for a September release for their Starstruck anthology and I'm so excited to be a part of it!
I'm looking at structural edits now, and am rather pleased with myself, as it's mostly punctuation changes and a few instances of passive voice. Surprisingly few.
I'm arguing for the lack of question marks in certain dialogue—because I believe just because the words form what we know as a question doesn't mean the speaker is actually asking a question. In dialogue—and that's a key point—I feel a question mark indicates the speaker's tone of voice, that rising lilt we use to ask a question. Sometimes the character speaking isn't asking a question. In fact, in my opinion, a lack of question mark can tell a reader a lot about how the words are spoken. “Won't you please come in.” is a bored, spoken-for-the-sake-of-politeness phrase. “Won't you please come in?” Might also be only polite, but the speaker is making more of an effort to sound sincere.
I will let you know if I win!
On the May Two Four weekend (a Canadian holiday more formally known as the Victoria Day weekend) we moved house to Port Bruce for the summer. It's been exciting, but also a hassle, as we've never done something like this before, so a lot of running around for all the things we forgot or never thought about. Internet is good here, so long as I'm in the bait shop. (Hi, from the bait shop!)
I did buy one of those “turbo internet sticks” that supplies mobile internet (the internet your smart phone uses), but cell service in this particular area is also iffy and when I do ha