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Funny quotes – “Happiness is an inner state of well being. A state of well being enables you to profit from your highest: thoughts, wisdom, intelligence, common sense, emotions, health, and spiritual values in your life. “
Motivational inspirational quotes – I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
I used so much hairspray that I feel personally responsible for global warming
“I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception”
A nickel isn’t worth a dime anymore.
Youth is a malady of which one becomes cured a little every day. He’s turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he’s miserable and depressed.
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. “
Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.
An open marriage is nature’s way of telling you that you need a divorce.
“Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work”
Funny quotes – Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
I told the Inland Revenue I didn’t owe them a penny because I lived near the seaside.
It has been said of the world’s history hitherto that might makes right. It is for us and for our time to reverse the maxim, and to say that right makes might.
Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.
In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say ‘I have finished. ’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.
Funny quotes – “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. “
There is no feeling more comforting and consoling than knowing you are right next to the one you love.
What makes him think a middle-aged actor, who’s played with a chimp, could have a future in politics?
Infantile love follows the principle: ‘I love because I am loved. ‘ Mature love follows the principle: ‘I am loved because I love. ‘ Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you. ‘ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you. ‘
motivational inspirational quotes – Confidence is the feeling you sometimes have before you fully understand the situation.
Some people don’t have the guts for distance racing. The polite term for them is sprinters.
When you love you should not say, ‘God is in my heart, ‘ but rather, ‘I am in the heart of God. ‘ And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.
Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.
“I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want-an adorable pancreas?”
motivational inspirational quotes – Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.
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The Parker Duofold fountain pen is one of the most popular pens ever made and a firm favorite with pen collectors everywhere. Parker pens are held in very high regard, particularly in the United States and of all the Parker pens produced, the Duofold has maintained it’s popularity down through the years.
The Parker Duofold fountain pen was first manufactured in 1921. It preceded a range of Duofold pens from the Parker pen company which included the Duofold Junior, the Duofold Special and the Lady Duofold.
Parker Duofold Fountain Pens
“Duo” was a word which was common in marketing circles of the time and the modern equivalent would be “mega”. It sought to connote the excellence of the Duofold over it’s market competitors and was a big pen in many ways(price wise and size wise at 5.5 inches for the original Senior Duofold)
The Duofold was made from a shiny hard rubber which was followed in 1926 when Parker introduced the Duofold made with an “unbreakable Permanite” which was a type of plastic made by DuPont for Parker.
In the 1930s Parker changed the design of the Duofold slightly by replacing the by now familiar flat top style with tapered ends and Duofolds remained in production until the 1960s.
In 1988 Parker made the Duofold Centennial series of pens and the Duofold International thereafter.
The Duofold fountain pen catapulted Parker into market leadership and most of this success was attributable to the bold two tone color scheme that Parker offered it’s Duofold buyers as up to this point most fountain pens were offered in fairly staid colors such as black. The Duofold had a large button ink filling mechanism which started off in the early days being finished with hard red rubber and black rubber ends.
Until the introduction of the Permanite referred to above the pen was only available in red and black but the use of the Permanite allowed Parker to broaden the range of colors and some of these later became much sought after; colors such as the Lapis Lazuli Blue and Mandarin Yellow. (Parker did introduce a jade green pen prior to this but called them “Jade pens” and had none of the characteristic features of the Duofold.
Black lined pearl was introduced in 1928 and in 1929 Parker pushed the envelope and introduced the more streamlined pens with tapered ends and offered them in an extended range of colors such as green and pearl, green and black and burgundy.
Duofolds were succeeded by the Vacumatic. Duofolds are reliable, workmanlike pens and the models particularly sought after are the duofolds with flexible, italic or broad spearhead feeds and duofold imprinted nibs.
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Most writers tend to use too few active verbs and too many passive ones in their stories. Passive verbs are like telling readers what you, the author, think is the case. They don’t allow readers to see, feel or experience the scenes for themselves. Passives don’t pull readers into a story in an active, immediate or personal way. Passive verbs explain what happened to the character, as if the character was acted upon instead of being a character who took action.
These verbs include was, were, had, seemed, thought, etc. Basically any verb whose action a reader can’t visualize is probably too passive to hold much impact. Another form of passives are gerunds, which take a normally active verb and adds an “-ing” to the end and starts it with a was type verb, like was running.
Certainly sometimes passives are just fine. They serve a real purpose – at times. But most times an active verb will enliven a sentence. And active verbs are particularly essential in active, hot, tense scenes.
For instance, in a scene where Sally is being pursued and her car suddenly dies, here are a couple of examples of verb use:
The motor went dead. Sally was scared and her hands were shaking more than ever as she took her hands off the steering wheel. Her mind was racing at a dizzying speed so that all she felt was numb.
This should be a tense scene, but we have 5 passives with only took a possibly visual act – but not too exciting at that. By activating the verbs you create the tension we need:
The motor died. Sally’s hands shook as she snatched them off the wheel in fear. Her mind raced at a dizzying speed as a cold numbness threatened to steal her breath.
See how much more intense this feels. We can see every action listed. The reader feels dizzy right along with Sally. We have verbs of actions we can see or feel in some way. Readers are suddenly in the story instead of being told about it.
Verb activation is probably the most important aspect of writing in general to create strong scenes. It falls under the “Show, Don’t Tell” adage presented to most writers early in their writing. Yet most writers – even though they nod wisely in agreement, fully understanding the importance in this simple method of activating verbs to energize their story – still slip back into the passive was trap as they write.
So be ruthless! Look with skepticism at every was and were, seemed and “-ing” word. Replace them with active verbs and you’ll have a stronger scene.
Sandra E.Haven has had her articles and fiction published in the U. S. and Europe-from short fiction to human interest articles, mainstream to genre. Since 1990 she has provided comprehensive editing services for writers and book publishers, resulting in publication for numerous authors. She specializes in comprehensive editing, which includes content, characterization, plot, tone and continuity. She deals in most fiction genres with an emphasis on mysteries, fantasies, and stories for children as well as memoirs and personal essays. For more information see Bristol Editing Services Copyright, Sandra E. Haven