I hide easter eggs in my books, all the time. These connections can be large or small. I find them enjoyable to write, but I write them for you to enjoy. However, I know that many of my readers have missed them completely. It’s just been too long between each book for readers to catch them, and they’re often quite small, a sentence here or there. To help you find them, I decided to highlight one a month with a Pax Imperium trivia game. Rules: 1. One winner will be chosen from the correct answers.
I hide easter eggs in my books, all the time. These connections can be large or small. I find them enjoyable to write, but I write them for you to enjoy. However, I know that many of my readers have missed them completely. It’s just been too long between each book for readers to catch them, and they’re often quite small, a sentence here or there. To help you find them, I decided to highlight one a month with a Pax Imperium trivia game. Rules: 1. One winner will be chosen from the correct answers 2.
I’ve been talking about it for a couple of years now, but I finally did it. The Pax Imperium Knowledgebase is up and running. This is your glossary for all things Pax. In truth, I wrote the knowledgebase to make sure that I didn’t lose track of a character’s name or a ship’s name. So this is really my tool to keep my names and places straight, which will be important in the forth coming Athena’s Revenge, which will revisit many of the places and ships already mentions previously.
Which got me thinking about the conundrum for dictionaries that is social media. It used to be that words had to be written down before a word was no longer considered slang, right? But now with social media there must be millions of written uses of this and other "non-words."
@GrammarGirl I just sent a social media note to our mutual friend @sparCKL who is getting a short story published in @Playboy. I said "congrats" and then got to wondering if this is a recognized english word. It's not. At least it's not in the unabridged @MerriamWebster.
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Selecting a term
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