Thursday, July 05, 2007

Oh, the Shame of It ALL

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AND, to add insult to injury, I never get really cool "Google search keywords." I was talking to my friend, Marianne about it yesterday and when I told her some of the search words I was found under, she actually yawned!!!!

I'm a ROMANCE writer, for Pete's sake (I wonder who the original Pete was and what good that comment does for his sake). I even have a "romance writer picture" picked out for my book when it gets pubhised. See:


So, Marianne and I decided we needed to spice up my site. We did some brainstorming and came up with some ideas.

So, to further the cause of spiciness, I wanted to share with you over the next week or so some stories of my life. Let's see if we can get this rating up a bit while still remaining family-friendly. And, I want to see what kind of hits I get from Google after them. :-) Sneaky, I know.

As most of you know, I lived three years in Brazil teaching English. Now, (to state an obvious fact) I am American... and southern American to boot (not to be confused with Southern American... wait, I guess that would actually be South American, wouldn't it? Okay... never mind).

Anyway... in case you DON'T know. American English is not the only English spoken in the world. It's been said that America and England are "two nations separated by a common language." This was brought home to me in a significant way on my first day of teaching English at Cultura Inglesa, a British language school, in Maceio, Alagoas.

I was teaching a class in Intermediate children. They were eight- ten years old and had taken English about four years. One of the boys came up to me and said, "Teacher, can I borrow a rubber?" You would be proud of me. I kept my cool... knowing in my mind this child did NOT just ask me for a condom in the middle of class. BUT... I was blank. What DID he want, if not a condom? So, I asked, "What do you need it for?" Very matter-of-factly he said, "I need to rub out a mistake on my paper." A big sigh of relief. An eraser I could handle! That was the first... but by no means the last... incident of learning first-hand the differences between American and British English.

I'll be sharing more over the next week or so, so stay tuned in.

5 comments:

Lianne said...

TOO funny. You're just too sweet, I guess. :) And the rubber incident was funny, too. Have a great day. :)

Love you!

Tori Lennox said...

I had a PG-13 rating due to words like "bomb", "guns", and "dead". *g*

Oh, I haven't checked my search words lately. I should see if I've had any really good ones...

Gay said...

Mention my name a bunch, and you'll move up to R. My Norbert and Smedley site has an "R" rating simply because it has my name 9 places in the comments, and the word "hurt" once (and in that case, it applies to feelings).

My blog is also rated "R", because it has the word "sex" twice, and my name 14 times. (I can't believe it's only 14!). The word sex is from a quote by Sol Stein where he says that writing is like sex... )

I'm tame, relatively speaking. I had to beg Marianne for help on a lust scene that didn't get past heavy petting, and I nearly melted my computer from the heat off my cheeks while I wrote it... but I'm the one with the "R" ratings. Go figure.

And you don't even want to know what comes up in Google searches for me. I breed horses, and own stallions... and my name is Gay. Ick. I probably just got you an "X" rating right there.

kailani said...

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Kailani
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Mert said...

I LOVE that pic, verrry pretty! And sexy ;)

I was rated R for saying b@stard 8 times in one post, which I dont normally LOL!