Thursday, February 25, 2010

What's the difference?

We've all heard the phrases 'stuck in a rut' or 'finding my niche', and let's not forget 'getting your groove back'. Most of us have used these phrases, but what's the real difference between a rut, a niche, and a groove? The defintions are similar, but what I see that makes them different is how they are used in a sentence.
Check this out: (

RUT: noun, verb,rut·ted, rut·ting.
1. a furrow or track in the ground, esp. one made by the passage of a vehicle or vehicles.
2. any furrow, groove, etc.
3. a fixed or established mode of procedure or course of life, usually dull or unpromising: to fall into a rut.
*according to #2 a rut and a groove are the same thing...(according to the rest of the definition there are also mating deer involved).

NICHE: noun, adjective, verb,niched, nich·ing.
1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.
2. a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one's niche in the business world.
3. a distinct segment of a market.
4. Ecology. the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.

GROOVE: noun, verb,grooved, groov·ing.
1. a long, narrow cut or indentation in a surface, as the cut in a board to receive the tongue of another board (tongue-and-groove joint), a furrow, or a natural indentation on an organism.
2. the track or channel of a phonograph record for the needle or stylus.
3. a fixed routine: to get into a groove.
4. Printing. the furrow at the bottom of a piece of type.
5. Slang. an enjoyable time or experience.

*Yeah...sounds like a rut.

A recess in a wall, a track or furrow, it's all basically a rut, a niche, or a groove. So next time you are stuck in a rut just remember that it's really no different than finding your niche and getting your groove back.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I've been a bad blogger. My once a week (sometimes twice) routine of posting to the blogosphere has fallen severely short. Why? (Whether you ask or not) Because I've been reading all of my 'to read' books that I haven't, until now, had the time.

Here's three that I've finished since the first week from 2010 hell:

  1. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  2. Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K. Hamilton
  3. Fallen by Lauren Kate

My current re-read is Stephen King's Stephen King on Writing. His fundamentals (mechanics) about writing have basically put it in black and white...okay, literally put it in black and white for me.

Two years ago when I became a member of STAR I knew little to nothing about writing other than what I wrote. No clue. None. Now I have a pretty good idea what I'm writing and why I write it. I actually had a conversation with one of my main characters in a dream about where the plot needs to twist in my current WIP. One of the tips fellow members gave was to read different genres that I was interested in, even while writing. It keeps my mind busy during down time, but keeps my writing fresh as I continue with my daily goal.

Not to mention my love for curling up with a bag of Milanos, a cup of hot espresso, and a good book on an unseasonably cold day in the Sunshine state ;-)