Monday, August 22, 2011

Kardashian, Humphries wed in TV-friendly ceremony

Kris Humphries has officially caught up with Kim Kardashian. The basketball pro and the reality star are husband and wife.
Kardashian, 30, and Humphries, 26, tied the knot Saturday night in the exclusive Montecito area near Santa Barbara, Calif., Kardashian publicist Jill Fritzo told People magazine and E!
The ceremony will be televised as a two-part special on E! in October.
It is the first marriage for Humphries, who last played for the NBA's New Jersey Nets, and the second for Kardashian, star of E!'s "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." She was married to music producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2004.
People and E! reported Kardashian wore an ivory gown designed by Vera Wang. Her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, walked her down the aisle in front of 440 guests, including Demi Lovato, Mario Lopez, Eva Longoria, Sugar Ray Leonard, Alan Thicke and Lindsay Lohan.
Kardashian's gown had a tulle skirt, basque waist and Chantilly lace, and was matched with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, the media outlets reported. The bride planned to wear two other Wang dresses before the night and the party were over.
Her sisters and TV co-stars Kourtney Kardashian, 32, and Khloe Kardashian, 27, served as co-maids of honor.
The groom wore a white peak lapel tuxedo jacket, black tuxedo pants and, a white shirt and a white bow tie, all designed by Ermenegildo Zegna.
Kardashian and Humphries began dating late last year and announced their engagement in May. He proposed on bended knee with a 20.5-carat ring by spelling out "Will you marry me?" in rose petals.
Since the couple's engagement, the pending nuptials have provided constant fodder for the media and the Kardashians, who posted updates about the wedding on their blogs and websites.
The waves of hype that preceded the ceremony didn't seem to faze the bride. Earlier this week, Kardashian said she was "totally calm" about the much-hyped ceremony.
"I think that freak-out moment kind of already passed," she said at a party Wednesday to launch her new clothing line at Sears.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ten ways to make certain your novel won’t get published

Ten ways to make certain your novel won’t get published
Tips for Writers 4: How not to get published

(in no particular order)

1. Don’t redraft on the grounds that you don’t want to lose the spontaneity of your work.

2. If you do decide to do the 8+ drafts necessary to make someone take you seriously, you insist on doing them online, instead of printing out each draft after the first 3 and editing on the hard copy, which would give you the objectivity you need.

3. Don’t join a writers’ centre – what could they possibly do for you?

4. If you do decide to join a centre, don’t take any workshops they offer to improve your writing, in case you ruin your ‘special voice’.

5. Don’t join a work-in-progress group. I mean to say, what do other people have to contribute to your novel?

6. When your tome is finished, send it straight off to the publisher without getting a manuscript appraisal – gotta get it out there quickly; besides, appraisals are too expensive.

7. If you do get an assessment, don’t take any notice of the assessor’s appraisal. After all, they didn’t seem to appreciate your genius.

8. Don’t read fiction (if you’re a fiction writer). Some of those bestselling authors’ styles might rub off on you and ruin the unique and remarkable style you have.

9. Don’t take the trouble to research what publisher publishes what, so you send your MS to a publisher who doesn’t deal with manuscripts of this genre.

10. Having done the right thing in all the above, you send the manuscript off to no one in particular at the publishers. Genius will out, you reckon.

Aah, yes . . .