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People Watching (via license plates?)

Mar

09, 2011 |

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I’ve got cars on my mind this month. Everywhere I go, I see clever personalized plates, and I have to share a few. It’s fascinating to see what people want to share about themselves to strangers.

MEEOW4 (Think this person has a thing for cats?)

HUGGGS (Lenny, I thought of you)

AWSUM1 (Loads of self-confidence here)

2SLFSH (Proud of their flaws? But hey, at least they’re self-aware!)

PAIRDOX (I could read this two ways . . . They own two doxen’s, OR they are a clever English major and it means ‘paradox.’ What do you think?)

MS ROBO (Is this kind of like the Stepford Wives?)

STYXCHK (A girl who likes the band Styx)

SHAMROQ (I’m betting this person is originally from Ireland)

RED BUG (I thought about doing the guess the car with this, but yeah)

However, here’s a license plate where I’d love to hear your guesses. It totally made me giggle. 😀 So give me the make, model and color, and the person with the most correct information wins their favorite candy bar: 

Z06THIS 

(I’ll give you a hint. Google a picture of Z06 if you don’t know what one is.) And if you haven’t voted on the latest This vs. That poll, I’d love it if you did! 😉

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License Plate Trivia Revealed

Feb

07, 2011 |

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So wow, I was impressed with how many of you got the color right! *wink, wink*

For those of you just tuning in, the license plate was

ROS3RED

My readers were charged with guessing the color, make and model.

But alas, no one got it exactly right. Stina Lindenblatt was the closest with the guess of a Red, Toyota, Sienna.

Red, yes. Toyota, yes. Sienna, no.

This license plate actually corresponds to the car model. “ROS3” or Rose is a type of flower, no? So this car was a red Toyota Corolla. Corolla is a Latin word which means the collective petals of a flower. Not a perfect fit, but you can definitely see the connection.
In any case, congratulations, Stina! You have the choice of your favorite candybar or a Mystery Prize. It may be better than a candybar. It may not be (bwa-ha-ha!). Your pick. 😀

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License Plate Trivia

Jan

31, 2011 |

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It’s been way too long since I did one of these. So for those who haven’t played before, guess the Make, Model, and Color of the car with the following license plate:

ROS3RED

First person to guess correctly can choose between their favorite candy bar or a mystery prize (which may or may not be as good as the candy bar *insert evil laugh here*).

P.S. If you haven’t weighed in on the last This vs. That post, please do! I hate to beg, but I’d love more opinions . . .  it’s a TOUGH decision. 😉

P.P.S. Garrett, I still owe you . . . I’ve been searching for that Cadbury Egg, I may have to go with your back-up. Just didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten!

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Conquering Clichés, Part 1

Jan

07, 2011 |

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It was a dark and stormy night. My heart pounded as I prepared to write this post. I got butterflies in my stomach, and suddenly I felt cold as ice. . . .

Clichés: Ever-lurking. Ready to spring themselves into your manuscript. Sneaking in with those fiery-tempered red-heads and ditzy cheerleaders. All those overused ideas and expressions that we roll our eyes at in others’ work, but fail to see in our own. (Okay, I may be speaking for myself here).

The first time I saw “cliché” marked on my manuscript by one of my critique partners, I was chilled to the bone. “What?! My work is original! I wrote it with my own hand!” Unfortunately, that has nothing to do with it.

Since then, my eyes have been opened, and I’ve improved by leaps and bounds. Trust me, the grass IS greener on the other side. It’s worth the effort to conquer the cliché (and that doesn’t always mean you can’t use them). 😉

So the thing about clichés is that there are multitudes of them. In fact, there are so many ways to be cliché, they’ve had to categorize them. Furthermore, there’s even a cliché dictionary! I bet you didn’t know that.

I know I’m leaving your hanging, just when it started to get interesting, but I am a woman of few words, and this post is getting long.

So to close (with the promise to continue this discussion next time), what is your favorite/most detested cliché?

P.S. Can you find all the clichés in this post? I’ll mail a candybar to whoever gets it right first (on their first guess). 😀

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