Interesting headstone on Tremont Street, Boston

There are many famous folk buried in this cemetery in downtown Boston, incluidng Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and Mother Goose. However, it was this one headstone that truly caught my eye. I have been unable to find out anything about the deceased so if anyone knows the story behind it, I’d love to hear it.
The inscription reads:

Farervell Vain World I have Enough of the
And now I’m Careles what thou Sayst of me
What Fault thou Seest in me
Take Care to Shun
Theres worke within thy Self
That Should be Done
Thy Smiles I Court not nor thy Frowns I fear
My Care are past my head lies quiet here

Edward Carter died
Nov 11 1742 aged 45

Edward Carter

Talk about a great exiting speech….

OMG! I have a blog… maybe I should update it

Yeah, yeah… I’ve been absent. Real Life SUCKS! Will try to do better.

In the mean time, I hope these make you chuckle.

Some rules on writing good quoted from William Safire’s book *Fumblerules*

  1. Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
  2. No sentence fragments.
  3. It behooves us to avoid archaisms.
  4. Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration.
  5. Don’t use no double negatives.
  6. If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: resist hyperbole.
  7. Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
  8. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  9. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  10. Writing carefully, dangling participles should not be used.
  11. Kill all exclamation points!!!!
  12. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
  13. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  14. Take the bull by the hand, and don’t mix metaphors.
  15. Don’t verb nouns.
  16. Never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
  17. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

Win “Deader Still” by Anton Strout!

I posted a review for Anton Strout’s first book in this series, “Dead to Me” here, giving it 5 Dragons. I mentioned that the next in the series, “Deader Still” was coming out on Feb 24th… well it is out now!

And Bitten by Books is giving you an opportunity to win a copy of the book.

Stop over and follow all their rules for how you can win the book (there are lots of ways to get an entry (or more). And remember… if you win ’cause you say it here you have to share the book with me. J/K (or am I?)

Good luck!

OT: Please help

You may not know, but Australia holds a special place in my heart. My mother and sister moved there years ago and I was there over Christmas meeting my first nephew for the first time. Right now it is deeply saddened by the horrific wildfires that are devestating whole towns, killing people and destroying wildlife.

Especially after seeing stories like this, about this poor koala. I love koalas…

I know times are tough all over, but if you can help out… please do

I’m big on helping the animals:
RSPCA Victoria

If you would prefer to help the people who have been hurt by these fires, please donate here:

Red Cross Australia Victoria

Thank you!

It’s all gone

It’s gone. My laptop is dead and there is no way to retrieve ANY of my data.

100% total hard drive failure.

Everything on that computer is gone. My entire novel, all my WIPs, all my emails, my contact lists, everything.

My entire life.

And before you ask, yes I have some backups but not an entire one. The USB drive on the machine had been acting up, so while I have some of that stuff, I am missing great, gaping tracts of it. Stuff that cannot be retrieved, must be recreated.

I am so fucked.