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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I'm Hanging Up My Shoes


For those of you who are new here, when I take a longer than usual break from blogging, I call it "Hanging Up My Shoes". And if you ask around, you'll find out that when I do go on break, good things tend to happen to my followers. Several have signed with agents. Several have sold books. So, who knows? This could be your lucky week! I intended on taking a break later this month, but some unexpected things came up, forcing me to take it a little sooner than expected. I know I promised some more on my research about back story, and I will get to that when I return. Which, if all goes as planned, will be in the next week or so. I will be around reading blogs as much as possible in the meantime.

Now, I have one very important question for you: Is "backstory" one word? Or is it two (back story)? I've seen it both ways, and you may have noticed that I've alternated between the two. According to Wikipedia, either is correct. And my research sources varied on the spelling. But according to the spell check on Blogger and on MS Word, back story (two words) is correct. Just for fun, I thought I'd poll you and see what the popular choice is.

So, what say you? Back story? Or Backstory?

22 comments:

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I use it both ways.

And I say me, me, me for the good news. :D I'm like the lady in that shower nozzle commercial..."It's my turn!"
~ Wendy

Melissa Hurst said...

I've used it both ways, too.

I wonder who's going to have the good news this time around? hmmmm... Have a good break!

Patti said...

Have a good break. Hope something happens for someone.

I heard a good quote about back story and thought of you.

Back story is like an iceberg, you should only see a little of it, but the rest of it is always there.

(Or something like that.)

Tere Kirkland said...

I guess I use it both ways, but I think it should be its own word.

Have fun on your break! I'll be sure to let you know the good news as soon as I hear it. ;)

Carol Riggs said...

Me, me!! I want to be the one with good news (who doesn't!!??).

I always prefer and write "backstory" but Word objects. :) Have a good break!

Ara Burklund said...

Backstory, definitely. Enjoy your break! Sometimes taking time off from the internet is the only way to get anything done. ; )

Veronica and Thomas said...

Susan

Just when I get back you take a break...lol. I need that special magic you have for Thomas' latest project! Don't be gone too long:)

I use both versions of the word. It depends if I'm feeling too lazy to hit the space bar!

Veronica and Thomas said...

Susan

Just when I get back you take a break...lol. I need that special magic you have for Thomas' latest project! Don't be gone too long:)

I use both versions of the word. It depends if I'm feeling too lazy to hit the space bar!

jenheadjen said...

According to my 3rd grader's homework, it would be a compound noun? Maybe? Or a compound adjective, if there is such a thing? I say keep them together, either way. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

I've used it as both, but I prefer backstory.

I hope you have a wonderful break.

Lynette Eklund said...

I'm a one-word gal, myself.

Come back soon or you'll find me having shoe withdrawals.

Michelle Dennis Evans said...

It is here... That I'll admit... I allow spellchecker to rule my life!
Enjoy your break ... And I hope it's me who gets great news... Or someone else.
Xx

Nancy said...

I have no idea which is correct, but my spell check showed me that one word was incorrect. I looked at your blog and the comments. Most of them used one word, so I left mine one word. I think it makes sense to be one word. When two things are both correct, it does get complicated. I guess we need grace to leave alone what we think is a mistake sometimes.

Paul Greci said...

I think I write it both ways....hmmmm.....

Glynis said...

I tend to write it both ways, depending on my mood. Enjoy your break.

Carolyn V said...

Backstory. I think. Now I'm all confused. ;)

Have a good break!

Robyn Campbell said...

I never knew which way it should be. Interesting question.

I'll miss you. Have a great break. Everything is okay. Right? And you'll be back soon. Right?

Smooch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Uh oh! I hope everything's okay and that you are able to resolve it all quickly. As for backstory, I vote one word all the way. Looks much nicer that way.

Peaceful Sun - Karina said...

Well, I say Back Story, it brings more of an intriguing approach to the story, at least in my opinion.

I have taken a very long break Susan and I'm so missing the blogging world! I look forward to your return......Book Deal, I only wish first one has to put the book together, but you have inspired ME!!!

Angie Muresan said...

I've been on blog break for about a month. A whole lot got done, but I missed my blogging pals. Hope you are well, Susan.

Jayne said...

If I can save a keystroke, I will. Backstory!

Enjoy your break, Susan. See you back here soon! :)

tfwalsh said...

Enjoy your break:)