My Midwest Fellow Fellow Lara just blogged about the most appropriate time to use the word sucked. When? Whilst talking about high school gym, of course.


Dropped off Sparkly Hubby at work due to a minor car malfunction. On the XM? His favorite news program: CNBC. Keep in mind, I’m a Fox news girl, but it was on, so I listened.  An announcer commented on a story, and used the term “that really sucked.”  It piqued me.  Then he used it again, same context, next sentence.  That did me in.

Now, I’m supposed to be writing so I’ll make this quick (I’m good at that). I’d like to know: “when did the word “sucked” become mainstream?” 

I’ve heard it often– news commentators, radio personalities, everyday conversation — even my favorite librarian at the downtown branch. Kelly Clarkson sings that her life would suck without me.  Well, that’s getting a little too personal, and to be perfectly honest, I really don’t know Kelly that well.  Still, does all this mean saying something sucks is okay?  Is this the bottom of the word barrel?  Perhaps Webster or Oxford and the rest of the word dandies gave suck a greenlight.  I must have missed the announcement.

I looked up sucked on, one of my all time favorite websites.  Though dictionary.doc acknowledges the use of sucked as slang, my friend the thesaurus ignores it, as if it will go away real soon.

When did it become *okay* to use  slang, wavering around the derogatory area of colloquialisms? Is to too darn hard to say, “it’s terrible that you dropped your iPhone into the Lake,” or “the fact that I wrecked your new Prius makes me feel terrible.”  Or, “the sushi could have been fresher.”  Do we really have to tell our mother or father, co-worker or lover, that our day, hamburger, drive to O’Hare really, breath, sucked?

Well, maybe everything except the drive to O’hare, which really does suck . . .

My Fellow Fellows.

May 10, 2010

What an experience.  Back home from my Fellowship weekend with nine other amazing writers. 

Many thanks to the Ball Foundation and Jama Bigger of the Midwest Writers’ Group — it was the weekend of a lifetime for any writer.

“Congratulations!  Your synopsis and 1,000-word manuscript have been selected for the 2010 Midwest Writers Workshop Fellowship.”  Well, heck thanks, MWW!

What the hay! I’m a Fellow! 

Looking forward to an intense weekend of revising my manuscript with some industry experts.  We nine Fellows will spend Friday and Saturday writing and revising manuscripts in progress under the direction of three veteran writing coaches. The fellowships will pay the writers’ retreat costs, other than travel and incidental expenses.


“This retreat experience has been an extraordinary event for the previous Fellows. We are very happy to continue this intensive opportunity for writers with serious works in progress,” says Jama Bigger, Midwest Writers Workshop director.

Well, all righty then, write on.

In my dream world. . .

April 9, 2010

. . . I would be a published author.  The other day I Priority mailed my first chapter, 1000 words of my ten thousandish revision of my work in progress.  The worst part?  Writing the one page synopsis *collective groan by the writing audience.*

I submitted the novel in hopes of gaining a fellowship to a local writing academy — it’s a contest you see, and my tummy is in knots thinking the administrator has opened the red, white and blue envelope, pulling out my five page WIP.  In which pile did it land?  Yay?  Or nay.

On second thought, maybe the first paragraph could us a little tightening.  What have I been working on this morning?  Revising the first chapter.

Hello world!

April 9, 2010

Moving over from Blogger to WordPress, just to see if the water is bluer on this side of the blogosphere.