Alter/Altar – what’s the difference?

I had the pleasure to review 7 draft WIP chapters over the last 2 weeks and three of them have altars in their novels.  All three of the authors, however, spelled the word ‘alter’, not ‘altar’, which led me to this post.

I guess I could have written this for my first A-Z post beginning April 1, but I already have one written for the letter ‘A’ so I guess I’ll try to help out here.  Whoo hoo!  🙂  Let’s go.  Just what you wanted, right?

First of all, let me say I’ve made this mistake myself.  Part of it comes from just typing fast and then skipping over it when editing.  (Hey, it’s my story, I’ll tell it like I want.)  Then there are times that I actually spelled it wrong.  (*hangs head in shame*)

Just so you don’t have to hang your head in shame like I did, here are the differences:

Altar is a noun.

I was fascinated by the crystal ball perched on the wizard’s altar.

Alter is a verb that means to change something.  You use this when you do something to a noun.

I have to alter the wizard’s gown.

Or, if you’re a silly construction worker, you could say:  I have to alter the altar.

Simple, right?  Take the test and find out.  The answers are at the end.

1.  She knelt at the _____ to pray.

a.  alter
b. altar

2.  _____ the lighting in the room to highlight the brightness of the diamond.

a.  alter
b.  altar

3.  You cannot stand at the ______ until you are ready.

a.  alter
b.  altar

4.  Have the seamstress _____ the hem.

a.  alter
b.  altar

Good luck and have fun!


1.  b
2.  a
3.  b
4.  a

Blog award follow-up

A couple of days ago, I thanked the wonderful people who passed on blog awards to me.  You can read it here.  I love blog awards.  I think they’re pretty and I enjoy handing them out even more than I love receiving them.

The other night I was so dogged tired, though, to pass on the instructions to the winners about what they needed to do.  If you’ve forgotten who won, they’re listed below.  🙂

For the Versatile Blogger Award Winners:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominates you. – check 🙂
  • Share seven random facts about yourself. – check 🙂 (see below)
  • Pass the award to five more blogger friends. – check 🙂
  • Contact and congratulate the blogs nominated.  – check 🙂
And the winners were:
For the Sunshine Award:
  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog – check 🙂
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself – check (see below) 🙂
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers – I nominated some and reserve the right to nominate more at any given time.  You never know when you might get some Florida Sunshine on you.  🙂
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated – check 🙂
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you – and done!
And the winners were:

Before I get to the next award (because it is rather lengthy), let me answer the little known trivia about moi since that’s part of the game.
1.  I love Arizona Green Tea.  I could drink it all day long.
2.  My very first rejection for my writing came when I was 11 years old.  I sent an article about baton twirling and a local competition to my local newspaper and they turned me down.
3.  I was a majorette for 12 years.  Placed 2nd and 3rd in a few competitions, and was solo majorette in high school.
4.  I used to perform in a lot of plays.  My first one was when I was 12.  I was a green monster who broke into a candy store and destroyed all the elves’ candy.  I forgot my lines.  The audience cracked up.  I recovered.  It was tons of fun.  🙂
5.  Dial is my soap of preference and it has to be bar soap, not liquid.  (don’t know why that’s important but, hey, this picking things about myself is hard to do)
6.  I love Scrabble, Yahtzee, Taboo, Pictionary, and Backgammon
7.  I despise house cleaning.  I really need a maid since I’m a princess in my other life.
8.  While You Were Sleeping and Kate and Leopold are two of my favorite romantic comedy films.
9.  My first concert was Elvis Presley.  It was July 3, 1973 at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia at 8:30 pm.  I’ll never forget it.  His music still soothes this savage beast.
10.  I had natural childbirth with all 4 of my kids. Two were born at home (on purpose), and two were born in a free-standing birth center.  Wouldn’t have done it any other way.
Now, onto the HUG award.
There is much content affiliated with The Hug Award, and while it is lengthy and seems a bit extensive to me, I do not want to maim or corrupt its potent message by leaving anything out.

Please do not change or use another image for the HUG Award Image©.  Please do not alter–by changing, shortening, or adding to–the text about the award and how to share it with others.  Either copy the entire article as it is on this page, or please include a link back to this article, when you post on your blog or share award with others.

I ask you to please honor this request and help me keep the integrity of the award as originally designed, so that future award recipients will know what an honor it is to receive this award.  Thank you, Connie Wayne


Hope is an expectant desire; a confidence in a future event; a ground for trust and confidence; to think; to look forward to with trust and expectant desire.”

 The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne at A Hope for Today athttp://ahopefortoday.comwhich promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for all people.

 The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they:  Hope for Love; Hope for FreedomHope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and HappinessHope forCompassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness

 The HUG Award© recognizes and honors those who help keep hope alive in our current world, which is plagued by war, natural disasters, and economic recession.  They nurture hope, in any of the above areas (in italics),  by the work they do, or in their personal lives with things such as blogging, public speaking,charity work, etc.

The HUG Award© is for anyone, anywhere in the world, who meets theguidelines and wants to be nominated for the award. Please leave a comment on this page if you are interested in receiving this award, or if you would like to nominate someone else for the award.

The HUG Award© is for people who, without giving up or compromising their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, are able to nurture hope and respect the dignity of all people.

 The HUG Award© is for those who, without bias or prejudice, use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.

 The HUG Award©is for people who have a hope or an expectant desire that the work or talents they use in things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc., will make a positive impact on the world.

These people do not have to actively use the word “hope” in their work or creative talents.  They only need be conscious of their desire to make the world a better place for everyone.

These people use their available resources–a smile, a hug, a helping hand, a listening ear, a voice, time, money, possessions, education, personality, talent, websites and blogs—to make a positive impact on the world and make the world a better place to live.

The HUG Award© is not specifically a website or blog award.  It can be given to people in your community, at your employment, at your place of worship, etc.  Please make sure they have a copy of these Guidelines, and please don’t forget to submit their names back to this site.


HUG Award© Image:   Those who receive the HUG Award© may paste a copy of the original HUG Award© image into an Image widget on their website or blog by simply copying and pasting the following image URL into an Image widget:  As the link URL for the imageplease insert


1.  If you receive a HUG Award©, you may nominate others who also meet the above guidelines for the award.  You may nominate as many people, websites, or blogs as you want to nominate to receive the award.  I do ask that, upon receipt of the award, you nominate at least one other person.  The award is also not time limited, so you can nominate new people or sites you encounter in the future.  Please try not to nominate those who have already received the award.

2.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTACTING YOUR NOMINEESand telling them you nominated them for the  HUG Award©.  AND when you contact them…

3.  Please link this page:  When you contact your nominees for the award, please include a link to this page, they will have the same information you received about the award.  Then, they also can perpetuate the award by nominating others.  AND…

4.  Please post a comment on this page at with the name and the complete website or blog address of the site(s) or person(s) you nominate.

5.  If you know, I would appreciate you informing me of the geographical location of your nominee(s) and /or their site(s).

6.  Social Media Sites:  You may also copy and paste unchanged copies of the original HUG Award© and HUG Award© Guidelines’ wording to other social media sites such as Facebook and Linkedin.  You may also print original copies for your personal use for display, etc.

7.  You may print a copy of the HUG Award© Guidelines for people you nominate, who do not have a website, blog, or social media account to which they can paste award and Guidelines.  If they have email, you may email them a copy of the original HUG Award© and original Hug Award© Guidelines.

The people I have nominated for this award seek to do Good with their blogs by sharing inspiration, kindness, and courage. If you have already received this, please just accept that I appreciate you. Thank you.

The winners of the Hug Award were:

Gloria Richard
Cara Olden
Jennifer M. Eaton
Lori Ann Freeland

Last Night, I was awarded with another blog award from the lovely Jennifer M. Eaton.  It’s the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

I’m supposed to list 7 unknown things about myself and then forward this on to whomever inspires me.  I would have to give this award to the following people for giving me hope and showing that no matter what the odds, we can always overcome with hope, faith, and family and friends.

Pat Bertram – for sharing her grief of losing her soul mate and her journey to move through life without him.

Sharon Howard – woman of incredible strength and forward movement

AmyMarie – for showing us all that if you have a great MS and you send it out to tons of agents/publishers, a lot of fish are going to bite.  Keep it up, Literary Mom!

Rachel Coker– an amazing teen, author of the new YA novel Interrupted – life beyond words.  To be so young and talented…such an inspiration.