About Me

My name is Teresa Frohock and I am the hostess of helluo librorum. I write dark fantasy, and if you’re interested in me and my novels, you can find me at my website. Please stop by, I’d love to meet you.

The theme of helluo librorum is dark fiction, but good writing is good writing, so I hope everyone will find a tip or article that is helpful to your craft. Also, please don’t hesitate to leave a tip in the comments; everyone has something to share, and I love hearing from writers of all genres.

Happy writing,

Teresa

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10 Responses to About Me

  1. butterblog10 says:

    Hey Teresa, I am also from and in NC. Do you really need to go anywhere esle? I have two Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s and two cats. I am just getting started in my writing career and am wondering if you have any advice about spelling. I’m a writer who can’t spell, kind of like a painter that can’t draw. I have spell check and that gets me half way but I need something that will get me all the way. Maybe a teenage spelling bee wonder! Thanks, You can visit my blog at Trigeminaltimes.com. I just got it up and this is my first reply. I look forward to hearing from you!

    • Teresa says:

      Well, hello! How nice to find yet another NC writer out there in the blogosphere!

      I love North Carolina, and no matter where else in the world I’ve lived, I always end up comparing that area to my home state.

      Spelling is every writer’s bane; you are not alone or different. The more you write, the better you will learn to spell, but I’ve found that spell check and other word processing “helpers” often make me a lazy and careless speller. When I can click a button to correct a word, I can’t easily follow the changes, because the program bops off to the next error. What I’ve started doing is this: when spell check picks up a misspelled word, I click beside the misspelled word, then manually correct it. This way, I’m conscious of my mistakes, and I reinforce my learning. The same thing with grammar check, I always double check the computer, because the word processing program isn’t always right.

      The other mistake I made early on in my writing career was in believing that I could leave behind my dictionary and thesaurus because of my word processing programs. WRONG! The thesaurus in Word will never, ever win out over my good, old fashioned Roget’s International. The amount of detail and indexing in the older Roget’s stands alone. I use a Webster’s New World College Dictionary to check the meanings of words I’m unfamiliar with and also to verify that the word my word processing program suggests is, in fact, the word I want to use. [How many times can you use word in a sentence?]

      Then as a final, final, final stop-gap measure, I ask someone to proof my work for me, and they will often pick up on errors that I’ve looked at so many times, I’m blind to them.

      I certainly hope that helps!

  2. ldaley says:

    North Carolina is a great state. I enjoy visiting Charlotte, where my daughter and her husband live (I live in Memphis). I’ve been writing for more than 30 years and I, too, put great faith in Roget’s and in Webster’s New World College Dictionary. You are correct, Teresa–both are vital if you want to get things right.

    I’m the mother of five grown children and I have eight grandchildren (I still have trouble believing that!)– I started writing professionally when my youngest child was in fifth grade and I haven’t stopped since. I’d be delighted to have you visit my blog (ldaley.wordpress.com).

    Good luck in your writing career!

    • Teresa says:

      I’ve been to Memphis and eaten barbeque there! 😉

      I love North Carolina and am a proud member of GRITS (Girls Raised in The South).

      I’ve visited your web site and highly recommend that others take a peek, too. I like your down to earth style and tips.

  3. ldaley says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Teresa.
    We Memphians are lucky–we can eat barbecue any time we want.Hope you liked it!

  4. lawrenceez says:

    A very impressive looking blog. How do you manage to set it out? I’m curious.

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Lawrence,

      Thank you so much. I’ve really worked hard to learn how to manage the blog, and a lot of it was simply trial and error. I experimented with different themes and posts until I was finally able to come up with a style that I liked. I also visited other blogs and when I saw a widget or a link that I liked, I tried it on my blog. I’ve also found some great links by visiting the comments sections of other blogs and when I see someone make good comments, I click on their name. If they have a blog that has information that I feel will be useful to writers, I post their link in my sidebar.

      I’ve had to educate myself about widgets, links, and just a little HTML so I could make sure everything worked properly. I really like the WordPress blogs, because there is minimal HTML knowledge required. I’ve also spent a lot of time in the Help section, too. 😉

      Sometimes I use the free download Windows Live Writer to write my blog posts. You might find you like writing posts better there and uploading them to WordPress. It’s very user-friendly, and you can experiment with different colors and post fonts.

      I love doing the blog, and I’m so happy that folks are finding it useful.

      Thank you again, Lawrence!
      Teresa

  5. lawrenceez says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I have a gift basket for you (don’t quite understand, but it’s a blogging/charity quest). Hope you don’t mind.

    Thanks

    http://lawrenceez.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/intensity-in-novel-writing/

    • Teresa says:

      I don’t mind at all, Lawrence. I think it’s lovely and I’ll pass it along to another blogger tomorrow.

      Thanks for thinking of me and for your very kind words. 😉

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