One of my favourite quotes on #writing…

Sometimes I think we all need some inspiration, something to remind us that no matter how old we are there is always a chance for a new beginning.:)

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Photograph © Belinda Witzenhausen 2016

“Writing is not like dancing or modeling; it’s not something where — if you missed it by age 19 — you’re finished. It’s never too late. Your writing will only get better as you get older and wiser. If you write something beautiful and important, and the right person somehow discovers it, they will clear room for you on the bookshelves of the world — at any age. At least try.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

It’s February Already?

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Wow, it’s February already!  Busy month ahead, going to need lotsa #coffee!☕😉  I have so many projects on the go but I’m loving every minute!:) #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading #creating  & #volunteering .

No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re counting your blessings not your burdens! Wishing everyone a #WonderfulWeek!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #archaeology #literature #egyptology #paleography #transcribing #painting #crocheting #makingdreamsareality

Wishing all a wonderful and inspiring week!

Lotsa #coffee ☕ and looking forward to a productive week! #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading #creating & #volunteering.

No matter where you may be in your day or evening, I hope your making each moment matter.  Strive to make your fondest dreams a reality! Live, laugh & love! ❤

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“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~Oprah Winfrey

This week’s #AmWriting~#Studying Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #studying #researching #volunteering #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #egyptology #palaeography #graphics #crocheting #transcribing #makingdreamsareality

Happy New Year~ Live with passion & purpose!

“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” -Donovan Bailey 

 

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Wishing all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!  After a few years of overcoming challenges I am looking forward to a happy, healthy & productive 2016 ~ I’m pulling out all the stops! No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope your living with passion and purpose! Work on making your fondest dreams your reality in 2016! Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Never set limits, go after your dreams, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries, & laugh a lot, it’s good for you!”~Paula Radcliffe

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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 #amwriting #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #researching #creating #studying #amreading #volunteering #celticmythology #historicalliterature #archaeology #transcribing #makingdreamsareality #workinghard #dreamingbig #pursuingmypassion

Time flies…

December Writing

It’s hard to believe we  are well into December, time flies!  Busy weeks ahead #holidays #creating #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading & #volunteering #waitingforgrades (*nail biting*). No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re making your fondest dreams your reality! Wishing everyone a joyous holiday season!:)
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”~Harriet Tubman

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #egyptology #transcribing #makingdreamsareality

Wishing all a #WonderfulWeek!

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This November has been a whirlwind  #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading & #volunteering. No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re living with passion and purpose!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” ~Ella Fitzgerald

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #studying #celticmythology #egyptology #volunteering #transcribing

Wishing all a #wonderfulweek!

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Happy November! Looking forward to a busy & productive week!  #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading & #volunteering. No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope your blessings outnumber your burdens!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”~Enid Bagnold

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #egyptology #transcribing #makingdreamsareality #NaNoWriMo

Let’s Write it Right – Military/Security Acronyms and Initialisms Guest post by #amazingauthor Lynn Hallbrooks @lynnhallbrooks

I liked to begin by saying thank you to Belinda for allowing me a chance to spend some time with everyone today.

In order to become a better writer, I’ve been reading many books, especially those in the Military and Political Intrigue genres. I noticed that one term had different ways of being typed out. I wanted to know who was correct. If you’ve done any research on the Internet, then you know I went on a journey. I’d like to share a little bit of my adventure.

The Term In Question

SEAL vs. Seal vs. seal

I’ve always believed that it should be all capital letters. I saw on this on Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_SEALs >:

…”SEAL” is always capitalized in reference to members of the Naval Special Warfare community…

That was good enough for me but if I was going to tell others they were wrong I had to have a little more proof because not everyone believes in Wikipedia. So I went to their sources, The Navy SEAL Museum article entitled Genesis of the U.S. Navy’s SEa, Air, Land (SEAL) Teams <https://navysealmuseum.com/about-navy-seals/seal-history-the-naval-special-warfare-story/genesis-of-the-u-s-navys-sea-air-land-seal-teams> where I learned how the term for this special amphibious was created:

“…focal point through which all elements of this specialized Navy capability (naval guerrilla warfare) would be channeled. An appropriate name for such units could be SEAL units, SEAL being a contraction of SEA, AIR, LAND, and thereby, indicating an all-around, universal capability.”…

Further along on my adventure I discovered the U.S. Navy Style Guide <http://www.navy.mil/tools/view_styleguide_all.asp> which has several military abbreviations defined.

SEAL – Sea, Air, Land. SEAL is acceptable on first reference. If plural, use SEALs.

As you can see from the above quotes and keeping in mind that oftentimes it is difficult to get websites to cooperate, SEAL is a contraction of SEa – Air – Land.  It is a proper noun for a US Navy special warfare operator.  If you use the lowercase version, seal, it denotes a marine mammal. While a SEAL may be amphibious like a seal, that’s where the similarities end. I have the utmost respect for the U.S. Navy SEALs.  I will always show it by using capital letters for them. I hope you will too.

Here is another bit of information I learned. According to Grammar Girl there are subsets of abbreviations known as acronyms and initialisms.  <http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/abbreviations-acronyms-and-initialisms-0>

SEAL is an acronym because it is a set of letters that can be read or spoken as a word.

An example of initialism is CIA short for Central Intelligence Agency because you say each letter individually.

Below are some more acronyms from the glossary used in Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) <http://www.amazon.com/Call-Sign-Wrecking-Storm-Warning/dp/0982792352>

BUD/S = Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (Training or School)

FARC = Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia Spanish for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

HALO = High Altitude Low Opening

ICE = Immigration and Customs Enforcement

JAG = Judge Advocate General’s Corps

LASER = Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

LEOs = Law Enforcement Officers

NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NEST = Nuclear Explosive Search Team

SOAR = Special Operations Army Regiment

SWCC (pronounced “swick”) = Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen

TOC (pronounced ‘tock’) = Tactical Operations Center

TOE = Tables Organization and Equipment

There are several initialisms as well. I’ll share a few that are less commonly known.

ACP = Automatic Colt Pistol

CHL = Concealed Handgun License

CID = Criminal Investigation Division

CO = Commanding Officer

CT = Computed Tomography

CTU = Counter Terrorist Unit

DIA = Defense Intelligence Agency

ETS = Expiration of Term of Service

FOB = Forward Operating Bases

HK = Heckler & Koch (German defense manufacturing company)

IDF = Israel Defense Forces

INS = Immigration and Naturalization Service

JCSSO = Joint Chief of Staff, Special Operations

KGB = Komitét Gosudárstvennoĭ Bezopásnosti (Russian version of CIA)

KIA = Killed In Action

MIA = Missing In Action

MiG = Mikoyan-i-Gurevich (Russian aircrafts)

NCO = Non Commissioned Officer

NEA = National Endowment for the Arts

NSA = National Security Agency

NVG = Night Vision Goggles

OIC = Officer in Charge

OJT = On the Job Training

PPOs = Personal Protection Officers

SAW = Squad Automatic Weapon

SOF = Special Operations Forces

UDT = Underwater Demolition Team

USSOC = United States Special Operation Command

USP = Universale Selbstladepistole or “universal self-loading pistol” a Heckler & Koch product

WIA = Wounded In Action

XO = Executive Officer

I hope this information will be helpful to you down the road.  Have a great one!

Lynn Hallbrooks

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Wishing all a #wonderfulweek!

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Looking forward to a busy & productive week!  #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading & #volunteering. No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope your blessings outnumber your burdens!
Live, laugh & love! ❤

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” – Anais Nin

This week’s #AmWriting Playlist on Spotify…

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #egyptology #transcribing #makingdreamsareality