Author Steve Laube

Fun Fridays – October 15, 2021

While rather corny, today’s video is at least entertaining!

Enjoy the MozART group performing “How to Impress a Woman.”

Dare I say that I was impressed too?

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Book of the Month – October 2021

I’ve known Les Stobbe for well over 30 years. And here he is, at age 91, publishing a new book! God Moments in My Publishing Life: The Making of a Writer and Publisher was just released by EABooks Publishing. I want to recommend it to all of you. I had …

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Fun Fridays – October 8, 2021

Enjoy today’s video of master potters at work. Seven minutes of extraordinary creativity and artistry. I could not help but compile the following: “I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the …

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Always Be Curious (The ABCs of the Writing Life)

by Steve Laube

Depending on where you live and your school district policies you may already be in a back-to-school mode or preparing for it.

It got me to thinking about the need for all writers to always have a “back to school” mentality.

Here are five things we can learn from always going “back to school.”

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Fun Fridays – October 1, 2021

Today’s video features 11 singers from 8 different countries. Enjoy! By the way, for those who love choirs (aka choir nerds), it’s a high D for the soprano and a low G for the bass. What makes this most unusual is the tracing of the globe. And this was done …

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God Gave Me This Blog Post

God gave me this blog post.

By invoking divine inspiration I have guaranteed that you will read this post and possibly give me money to read more.

Sound like a stretch? Then what if I just wrote or said:
“God spoke to me”
“I was led to write this”
“God revealed this to me”
“I have been called to write this”
“I believe this is an inspired post”

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Fun Fridays – September 24, 2021

Today is National Punctuation Day! In celebration, take out a comma.

Or at least visit the official site: www.nationalpunctuationday.com.

Recently I walked into a church classroom to find a list of the 10 Commandments on the board. The first line read “No other God’s.”
Sigh.

If you want to read a fun book on grammar and punctuation I can recommend Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.

So while you take a moment to appreciate the need for precise punctuation enjoy this delightful five minute repartee between Dean Martin and Victor Borge singing with Phonetic Punctuation.

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When Editorial Errors Matter

by Steve Laube

Writers make mistakes. It happens. Often an editor’s job is to be the safety net and catch those tidbits that find their way into an early draft of a manuscript for any number of reasons.

The simplicity of “cut & paste” has created more opportunity for error than ever before. I’ve seen half sentences left in their original place because the writer failed to cut and paste accurately. Many books evolve over time with additional research or new thoughts. Errors can creep in this way. I’ve seen an author actually contradict himself between chapters. There are too many details to keep straight so the writer overlooks the inconsequential trusting the editor to fix things. I remember talking to a Bethany House editor who revealed that an author accidently brought a character back to life, forgetting that the character had died earlier in the story.

None of the above examples ever found their way into the final edition of the book and the public never knew the error was made. An editor caught it and fixed it. That is why errors found in a finished and published book are so jarring.

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Fun Fridays – September 17, 2021

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY is September 19. In preparation for this upcoming day, I’ve provided some completely unoriginal pirate jokes for your fun and enjoyment. Convert your own book into pirate-speak at this translator site: Pirate Monkeyness. Please do not tell your pastor or priest to give their Sunday …

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Supply Chain Blues

Two weeks ago I wrote of the Slushpile Blues. Today is another scintillating topic. Supply chain blues. By “supply chain” I mean the various steps along the way for a vendor to have a final product to sell to a consumer. For electronics, like your phone, it means collecting various …

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