Do you know the word “akimbo?” I love that word, and standing akimbo – hands on hips, elbows out. “Gardyloo” is another good one. If you hear gardyloo cried out from above, move fast – slops are being tossed into the streets.

Fascination with words is a gift from my mother, who used to say that she was going to write a book. Always a lady, I did give her petit grief, unintentionally; I was a child of the sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll era; it was environmental.

I get grief from writing wrongs that I hear and read daily. Words used to matter more, IMO. Move over William Strunk and E.B. White; subscribe to my new usage cult, the “Holy Higher Institute of OMG,” where elements of style are sputtered out in 144 characters – or less.

The Internet hasn’t popped my passion with words. It hangs on mis-apostrophes (yes, I made up that word). Eighty-degree-range weather in the decade 1990 is not written, 80’s in the 1990’s. Do the nineties OWN the heat? NO! Why my blood boils over this makes me a good writer..

Here is my first tip in authoring: create a short title. I went so far as to add an even longer subtitle.

Perhaps passion is the root of my new book, Misadventures of a New Orleans Girl – Selling the Shoes Without Touching the Feet. It is about what happens after things happen; or, on the way there.

It was written because it was unbelievable. Some suggested writing was therapeutic; comme si, comme ça. My personal trainer, Les, gave me the idea of how to begin the story and I was immersed.

My dearest friend, Karen, reminds me that we create our own reality. There is not enough tequila in Mexico to convince me that I created what happened to me, now written in Misadventures of a New Orleans Girl.

Don’t let anybody fool you – it’s not a small world; it’s a big one. How you step through depends on how you look at it. The path and journey you choose can sprout creating karma, which in turn, must be nurtured by attitude.


Linda Yasnyi is a public relations specialist and the author of Misadventures of a New Orleans Girl – Selling the Shoes Without Touching the Feet, new creative literary nonfiction. She will be reading and signing her book at Maple Street on Saturday, October 9, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Hats, optional.

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