I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.

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Berries are berry confusing

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As a writer, I know words are important. I also know that language evolves and words change. Still — shouldn’t a berry be a berry? No matter the year, the century, the country or the language, shouldn’t a person be confident knowing that something labled ‘berry’ is actually what the label says?

Nope! Doesn’t happen!

Avacados are technically berries. When I read that, I couldn’t believe it. I looked it up. Then I looked up the definition of a berry. And that’s when I learned that everything I thought I knew about berries was wrong.

According to the scientific definition, a berry is a single, round fleshy fruit with a seed or seeds that’s produced from a single ovary.

So — grapes are berries. So are tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and bananas.

What are NOT berries? Strawberries. Raspberries. Blackberries. Mulberries. In spite of their names, none of them are technically berries.

How did things get so screwed up? Who named everything, anyway? And why didn’t they check (like I did) before getting carried away and coming up with names that were all wrong?

Oh me, oh my! My life will never be the same.

After all, I’m a writer and words are the coin of my business and I just learned that some of those words are — well — wrong.

I’ll bet whoever named those non-berries wasn’t a writer.

 

4 responses to “Berries are berry confusing”

  1. Wow, I didn’t know that the fruit I’ve always called berries aren’t, and some that cucumbers, eggplants, and bananas are! I wonder what other fruits and veggies have been classified incorrectly! My world is shattered!!!!
    Hugz with owl wings! @v@ ❤

  2. Reblogged this on Allison D. Reid and commented:
    Just to mess with your head today…
    If I made this up for my fantasy world, who would buy into it? Reality really is stranger than fiction sometimes.

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