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Haunted town cool links 8-18-18

Cool Links 8-18-18

Cool links 8-18-18 is brought to you by driverless grocery deliveries, larcenous lunch ladies, and a haunted town in Ohio.

I have seen the future, and it is here

I live exactly 300 steps behind the nearest grocery store. It’s called Fry’s and is part of the Kroger chain. Most grocery stores in this area belong to Kroger—Fry’s, Albertson’s, Safeway. It’s convenient to have a store so close, both in a good way and a bad way. When I run out of something, it’s only 300 steps away. But its nearness also means we’re there too many times during the week.

If you hate getting in your car and driving to the nearest grocery store, the grocery store may soon come to you. In a partnership between Nuro and Kroger, driverless cars will soon pull up your driveway and deliver your order. Starting this week in Scottsdale, AZ (just a hop, skip, and a jump from my door), Nuro’s fleet of Prius’ will be on the road delivering groceries from their local Fry’s store. Without drivers. You’ll still have to bring grocery bags inside, but no more long lines and rude shoppers.

Read the story here.

driverless grocery delivery cool links 8-18-18

Beware the lunch ladies

Two sisters working as lunch ladies in Connecticut are accused of stealing almost $500,000 from the lunch line over the last five years. How much, exactly, does a school lunch cost, and why did it take five years to realize the till at the end of the day didn’t match the number of lunches prepared?

I’ll come back from the grave and haunt your town

My husband is an abandoned house nut. Nothing would please him more than to stop at every derelict, abandoned house we’ve ever seen as we travel the back roads. I only recall going into one with him. No staircase, the second floor ready to cave in—what was I thinking?

If you’re like him, here’s a story about an entire town that was abandoned.

In 1974, the government pushed all the residents of Boston Mills, Ohio so they could build a National Park. The park never came to fruition, and all the buildings were left to crumble. Stories of satanic rituals using the buildings grew, and soon Boston Mills became known as Helltown.

View story at Medium.com

Haunted town cool links 8-18-18

I doubt if I’ll visit Ohio anytime soon, but if I do, you can be sure I’ll steer clear of Helltown.

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Blesssings,

Cheryl

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rules to better dialogue

#ThrowbackThursday

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday’s blog is taken from October 2017’s #AuthorToolboxBloghop and gives us the 8 rules for better dialogue. To read this month’s #AuthorToolboxBloghop blog on the dreaded passive voice, go here.

8 Rules for better dialogue

Rules for better dialogue

One way to make your characters memorable, is to give them better dialogue. Click To Tweet

One way to make your characters memorable, is to give them better dialogue.

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The Dreaded Passive Voice

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a low-life snob when it comes to using passive voice in writing. I’m better than that. I know enough not to let the dreaded passive voice into my sentences. When I critique someone else’s work, you can bet I’ve commented on the number of times they used “was”.

Imagine my chagrin/humiliation/embarrassment as I edited one of my own manuscripts and found not just a few instances of the dreaded passive voice, but many, many sentences. Oh, the indignity. Oh, the horror.

What is Passive Voice?

For all the new writers out there (and, apparently, me), a definition of passive voice:

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