Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Freaking Green by Laura F. Freaking Green by Laura F. Jasmine Hayward's dreams for her junior year focus on guys, friends and landing the lead roles in her high school's plays. Suddenly everything Jasmine does, from getting to school to making a sandwich, puts a fortune at risk.
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While Jasmine's family of reluctant ec Jasmine Hayward's dreams for her junior year focus on guys, friends and landing the lead roles in her high school's plays. While Jasmine's family of reluctant eco-warriors frantically strives and connives its way toward their goal, Jasmine fears that winning the money means losing friends, guys and her dream of an acting career.
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In this refreshingly funny, skillful coming of age story, Jasmine finds love in the last place she expected it. She also makes it to Hollywood but not in the way she imagined. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Freaking Green , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 28, Cass rated it really liked it. This is our kick-off book for a statewide book club. I have to say that despite it's young target audience, it was a fun and educational read. I think that teachers of middle to high school could recommend or require this book and do a lot of follow-up activities based on what the main character goes through. Feb 19, Linda rated it really liked it. I always picture a falling down shack. A mustachioed man cannot resist chuckling as he journeys across a frozen tundra devoid of any verdant foliage, but becomes pedantic — hell, downright maudlin — when his plans are impacted by an egregious squall, forcing him to run, arms akimbo, back across that darned tundra.
What can I say? Super post for a rainy day in New York. Being born deaf and not hearing conversations around me put me a little behind my peers in vocabulary. My parents sent me to a tutor for a few years. Hated it, but it paid off. Thanks to reading, my vocabulary is up to speed now. I think the whole thing helped me be a better writer because I learned common, conversational words not verdant-like words — which works in the nonfiction and business writing I do. Definitely a great way to start the day — humor from Keith Cronin!
So how do you feel about it really Keith? LOL So what if I said emerald would that be bad too??? I do find that when I run across some words in books I read it stops me short. Especially when I have no idea what it means! I can be a little more lenient in narrative. Thanks for the great laugh this morning! Trying waaaay to hard. Such fantasy-ish writing makes me want to hurl, and is honestly why I stick to the really big names Rowling, King, Pullman, etc. Not in common useage? Someone may not be using them exactly correctly?
Verdant exists as a word because someone needed it. Verdure is also a word with specific usage. Perhaps both words suit a more formal age than our own, but they should not be outlawed in the proper setting.
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The main point I was trying to make with this tongue-in-cheek rant was that some words clearly violate the overall voice of a piece of writing. To illustrate this, I tried to point out some common examples, but also made numerous allowances for when such words are not only appropriate, but flat-out necessary for capturing the voice of either the author or a particular character. All kinds of words. But seriously, there are reasons some words have fallen out of usage. Never use that one in conversation. This post had me laughing or should I say chuckling? And anything that smacks of psychobabble.
To answer the question about some of my least favorite words…I think one is pedestrian as a descriptor, not a noun. Just ask Stephenie Meyer. She found about a thousand ways to describe the same old things in different words and managed to make a fool of herself. I think her computer is hardwired not to let her use adjectives more than once.
This can be dificult if she is constantly describing the characters, even when we already know what they look like. Fiction should provide some level of enjoyment to the reader. So make it sing. Non-fiction is another story entirely. Oh, this whole deal used to be my playground. But I guess I was a lot more verdant back then. Funny you should embark upon this rant against verdant. A neighbor of mine used the word just last night to describe the neighborhood landscape.
He was speaking the literal, if not literary, truth. We are going on our tenth, eleventh, twelfth? The skies are grey still grey, damn it, after six months of winter! But, oh the greens.
The grass grows an inch a day. Boughs and branches are laden with a lottery of leaves. Every evergreen is tipped with newborn needles.
Saying the word is to roll around in the truth: Jeanne, Yes yes yes! I also come from a family of SAT word users. Some characters should speak with big words, others not so much. When writers go for too plain, I get turned off. Ditto for those who go too flowery. The ones who can walk the line are the ones whose books I buy over and over… I always appreciate an author who can describe something in a new way, but still sound believable.
I had trouble keeping up as evidenced by the lowest SAT scores in the family! I hate that word. Verdant never came to mind, just an emerald glow that softened in about May. For me, cerulean is the word to avoid.
I think category romance writers have their computers programmed, too. I agree with Camille Noe. Many times we come across these kind of words and eventually the total reading gets stuck. At times if the reading is interesting then I search meaning of those words just to complete the reading. Anyways its a good post. I just launched a novel called Freaking Green on Kickstarter. One of the characters, a pretentious, clueless drama teacher who gives the main character grief, is named Mrs. Along with the list of words too elaborate:.
Just call it freaking green already. A call to arms: In praise of Anya Seton and Katherine. Oh boy… I think someone chuckles in my WIP…searching, searching…. Thanks for the laughs with morning coffee. Jeanne, I love you. Shall we also do away with run-on sentences? I plugged words into some of my Chicago Tribune essays for a friend.
It was fun way to nod. And you write well too. Funny, as always, Keith. Thanks for the post! Thanks for the tip. Love this post, Keith. Wishing you all the best in your debut. I have never used verdant before, but am now tempted to insert it into my WIP. Thanks for all the great comments!
No thanks, sounds like we could use more verdant use of language, not less.
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