Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FIVE UNFORGETTABLE SUFFRAGETTE FACTS

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Tomorrow for MOVIE WEEKEND, I shall review Suffragette. First, we should learn some suffragette facts that pertain to women in England, where our movie is set:


1. Organized groups of women fought for the vote beginning in the late 1800s. Suffragette was first used as a term of derision by London's Daily Mail, but the women embraced it and hardened the "G" to show their determination to get the right to vote. Women also had no right to their children. If they brought a fortune to their marriages, the money belonged to their husbands.
    Queen Victoria ruled from 1837 to 1901,
    but she did not have the right to vote.




    2. As the fight dragged on, some of the women became more militant, especially those led by Emmeline PankhurstBeginning in 1912, Mrs. Pankhurst's followers chained themselves to railings, set fire to the mail in postal boxes, smashed windows, and even detonated some bombs. In 1913, Emily Davison stepped out in front of King George V's horse during the Epsom Derby. Whether she intended to commit suicide for the cause or hoped to pin a suffragette banner on the horse remains unknown.

    3. Suffragettes were punished with stints in prison, during which they fought to be considered political prisoners. Denied, some protested with hunger strikes and were force fed. As a history professor of mine described it, a sort of porridge went through a tube that had been forced down the woman's throat and into the stomach. Overfed, or with the stomach unable to accept the porridge, the women vomited. The porridge came back up through their nose and ears because their mouths were blocked. Nasal tubes were also employed at times. 

    4. Prominent leader Emmeline Pankhurst did not expect the women who followed her to suffer alone.



    Pankhurst was arrested seven times and was force fed on at least one occasion. During a public demonstration, a group of men threw stones, rotten eggs, and clay at Pankhurst and other women, and beat them. Although Pankhurst fought for women's rights for the remainder of her life, with the advent of World War I in 1914, she gave up her militancy in order to support the men who were off to war. She later lived in Canada for a time, visited Russia, and returned to England in time to see the beginning of women's suffrage in 1918, when women older than thirty (with several restrictions), were granted the right to vote.

    5. In 1928, women older than twenty-one gained the right to vote in the United Kingdom. Be sure to exercise your right to vote. It was hard won.


    I'll see you tomorrow with my review of Suffragette.


    Infinities of love,

    Janie Junebug



    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    TIP TUESDAY: BEWARE OF FALLING INTO A SENTENCE STRUCTURE HOLE

    Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

    When I edit, one problem I notice is that writers--and yes, I might mean you, Dear Client--fall into a sentence structure hole. That is, writers use the same sentence structure over and over.

    We talked about slipping in a short sentence to call attention to important words, but if you've forgotten that tip, you can check it our HERE.

    I also called attention to a sentence structure I see so often that I want to mention it again:

    He wasn't that late, considering how bad the weather was.

    If I tell you that you have too many -ing words, then look for the aforementioned sentence structure. I bring it up again because I see it over and over and over . . . oh, and do you remember how to use ellipsis?

    In your comment, can you replace the sentence in blue with a different structure?

    Here's another example of a problem with -ing words that I don't think we've chatted about here:

    She was telling him that he was creating a mess.

    Let's simplify:

    She told him that he created a mess.

    Dig yourself out of the sentence structure hole. Avoid -ing, and you'll avoid verbosity. Your editor will thank you.

    This Friday, I hope to answer Linda Kay's question about words that end in -ly. I've made her wait a long time.

    If you have a grammatical concern, please email your question to dumpedfirstwife@gmail.com.


    Infinities of love,

    Janie Junebug

    Thanks, fishducky. You rock my grammatical world.

    Monday, May 2, 2016

    QUESTION OF THE MONTH: TIPS FOR NEW BLOGGERS

    Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

    Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined has a great Question of the Month for us.



    Michael wants to know, “If a friend came to you looking for advice on starting a blog, what three pieces of advice would you give them?”

     That's a great question, Michael. Here's my advice:

    1. Allow your blog to evolve to suit your needs and the needs of your followers.

    My blog began in December, 2009, as Dumped First Wife. What if I were still complaining about my ex-husband and exploring my divorce? It was good therapy for me at the time, but it would be old by now. Next, my blog became WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME. Lola was the character, or persona, who wrote the posts. She was pretty sassy. A persona more similar to me took over: Janie Junebug. When I realized how many bloggers wrote books, my blog became Janie Junebug Righting & Editing because writers are hungry for tips on grammar and publishing.

    What will my blog be called in two years? I don't know, but I'm open to change.

    2. Write as clearly as you can, but feel free to be creative.

    In spite of my grammar-obsessed self, I don't think your blog has to follow every writing rule. It's fine to write the way you talk. Be casual and conversational if that's your style. What's important is that your followers understand what you mean. Make an effort to avoid distracting errors, such as misspelled words or using "should of" when you mean "should have."

    I make missteaks, too. Perfection doesn't have to be the goal. Clarity does. What good is writing if people don't understand what you mean?

    3. If you take some time off from blogging or decide to stop blogging, then please let us know.

    Before long, New Blogger, you will have loyal, devoted followers. Abandon them, and they'll worry about you. I don't know how many bloggers I've followed who have simply disappeared. We don't know if those bloggers are okay.

    I take regular blog breaks. I try to post a message if I'm sick and need time to recover, or if I'm editing a book and don't have time to blog. Usually, when I say I can't blog because I'm tired of it, then suddenly, I'm in the mood to blog. I use reverse psychology on myself.

    Well, all righty then, Michael and company. I hope you like my three pieces of advice. This is a bloghop, so you can sign up to join us, and I hope you'll visit other participants.


    Infinities of love,

    Janie Junebug

    Participants in the Question of the Month:



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    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    BATTLE OF THE BANDS: PRINCE WITH MARY J. BLIGE V. SINEAD O'CONNOR

    Note: I wrote this post the day before Prince died. I decided to leave it as it was.


    Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

    It's time for the May 1, 2016, Battle of the Bands.

    Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy provides us with this information about the bloghop:

    The whole thing is really quite simple: You select two different versions of the same song (versions  you feel might give each other some competition in the voting) and you post them on the 1st and the 15th of each month. On the 7th and 21st of each month, you add your own personal vote to the mix, total up all the votes and announce the winner on your blog.

    Beyond that, just try to have fun with it and let your readers/voters have fun with it.









    All right! Let's have fun!

    Prince wrote Nothing Compares 2 U for one of his group creations, The Family. The song was on their sole album, released in 1985. It received little attention.

    Much later, Prince performed the song live with Rosie Gaines, and released it on a compilation album in 1993. He also recorded a solo version and released it in 2002.

    It's not easy to find videos of Prince. The best I could do was this version of Nothing Compares 2 U sung by His Royal Purpleness, with Mary J. Blige:


    Mary J. Blige & Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U... by FerrellSouza

    Nothing Compares 2 U is better remembered as a one-hit wonder by Irish singer, Sinéad O'Connor.

    Her version became a huge hit in 1990. Every time my son and I see the video, one of us says, Oh, God, I love this song, while the other agrees.



    Your task is to decide if you prefer the composer of the song, Prince, as he sings it with Mary J. Blige, or the killer hit by Sinéad O'Connor. Please vote in your comment. If possible, tell us the reason behind your vote. 

    I'll announce the winner on May 7. It's been almost one year since someone took her love away from me, and nothing compares to her.

    Try not to cry. It's a song to break your heart.


    Infinities of love,

    Janie Junebug


    I hope you'll also visit these participants in the bloghop.


    Monday, April 25, 2016

    PENELOPE LEARNS CAPITAL LETTERS AND PUNCTUATION

    Hello. It is I, Penelope. With bloggers busy A to Z-ing, Mom Mom said she would teach me a new way to write.

    I have learned state capital letters and fengshuition. (Note from Penelope's editor, Janie Junebug: Penelope learned about state capitols at the same time she learned about capital letters. She also learned about punctuation the same day she heard about feng shui. She is quite stubborn in her beliefs that the terms state capital letters and fengshuition are correct.).

    State capital letters means I put a bigger letter at the beginning of sentences and names. See? I am Penelope.

    Fengshuition means I use periods at the end of a sentence and even commas when Mom Mom reminds me. It makes my sentences look balanced and more pleasing to the eye. 

    I learn so many new words!

    I have a new bed. Mom Mom thought it her bed. I showed her it my bed, but I let her sleep in it with me.

    I put my red kong on the bed so I have a little chew when I wake up. Mom Mom is a good bed buddy.




    I am good dog.

    Okay. That is all.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    I JUST DROPPED IN







    Still workin' on taxes, and the Dude abides (fishducky, if you say you hate the Coen Brothers again, I'll fly to LA and kiss you on the mouth; you might even get some tongue action).

    The Junebug abides, too, doin' taxes for the whole world, with movies on while she works away. Next up is Fargo.

    And yes, I can do my taxes with a movie on. The movie keeps me from going completely insane. I'm only halfway there now.


    This Junebug still loves you all infinitely. Thinking about starting my own religion and writing a book about it that's blank because my religion has no rules.

    My rug ties the room together.

    Shut up, Donny.

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    THANK YOU & AND FLIPPERSMACK

    Gentle Readers .  . . and Maxwell,

    I offer great gratitude to all the people who visited Rachel. Please continue to show her support. She doesn't have much time to blog because she works so hard, but making a comment on a blog doesn't have to be tit for tat.

    I've noticed that many people don't comment on my blog unless I comment on their blogs first. I don't worry about that. I comment when the opportunity presents itself. I haven't commented as much as usual for the past month or so. I'm bizzy as a to be or not to be.

    Now here's the announcement: Janie Junebug Righting & Editing might be getting into the marketing business.

    A team of entrepreneurs is working on starting a new marketing company called FlipperSmack.

    The idea is to connect brands with "influencers."

    Apparently, I am an influencer, one of one hundred selected by the FlipperSmack team. If all goes well, I shall assist in getting the company off the ground, starting here in Jacksonville and in nearby St. Augustine.

    When I know more, I'll keep you informed. I'm excited about the possibility of working with FlipperSmack.

    It's also fun to say FlipperSmack.

    I am now packed to the gills with Motrin and Tylenol. I'm not as achy, and the rage is gone. I'm glad I'll see my new doctor again soon. The insurance company refuses to fill some of my prescriptions.

    Bite my little pink butt, Insurance Company.

    But I'm sure glad I have you, Mr. Company. I found a great new doctor, too. Carol said he was good, so I knew it was true.

    I'm off to bed earlier than usual. I hope I sleep until morning. I can't get the the prescription filled for medication to help me sleep. I have horrible nightmares. I wake up frequently during the night. Between the insurance company and the pharmacy, several prescriptions haven't been filled.

    But now, I'm as sleepy as Franklin:





    More good news: A certain little lady doggy slept with me three nights last week. She's getting to be a habit with me.

    How many times can you say FlipperSmack, one after another?

    Best wishes to all you A to Z-ers. I'll stop by to read as many of your posts as I can. I have a lot of work to do, so I can't read all the posts. Besides, if I tried, I don't think I could read all the posts unless I read 24/7. The A to Z-er world is large.

    Blessings to all of you.


    Infinities of love,

    Janie Junebug