These days, it seems that the internet has become overrun with cats: LOLCats, Grumpy Cat, the adorable perma-kitten Lil Bub, and the new creepy-but-cute Princess Monster Truck. Now, just in time to delight cat lovers (and to annoy non-cat lovers), there’s a new cat on the web, but this time, it’s a font. Yes, a font made entirely of cats. Try it yourself then hop over to Written? Kitten! for […]
“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve thought there was something noble and mysterious about writing, about the people who could do it well, who could create a little world as if they were little gods or sorcerers.” ~Anne Lamott
Anne nailed it, y’all. Nailed it like she crawled into my head and dragged out my thoughts that she turned into her words there. Here’s to the never-ending process of becoming a little god of our own fictional worlds – the hardships, the thrill, the self-doubt, and the magic.
Ahhh, the Oxford comma. To use it or not to use it has been so hotly contested that it’s divided people into two camps*. It’s the punctuation equivalent of the Hatfields and McCoys. I’m firmly on Team Oxford as it adds clarity in most cases and at worst case, it’s neutral. Sadly (and I mean that – it makes me sad), much of what I write for clients uses AP […]
Ever wondered where OK came from? Or for that matter, is the correct spelling really “okay” and just “OK” for short? Or is it o.k. or O.K.? These are things that I’ve wondered about. I know, I know. But I can rationalize it since I write and edit for a living, so it’s all good. Anyhoo, back to the origins of OK. Here’s a hint: It started as a joke […]
So, last night, my husband complimented the chicken I made for dinner and remarked that it was nice and moist. Moist. Ugh. That got us started on a conversation about words that sound like just what they mean and also words that I just. don’t. like. Call it serendipity (or don’t, no one’s forcing you), but today I came across an article on word aversions featuring the word moist. Turns […]
Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George My rating: 5 of 5 stars This turned out to be one of my favorite writing books written by a bestselling author (Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird being tied for my favorite). She caught my attention early on when she described herself as mostly left-brained (like me) and her subsequent need […]
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain My rating: 5 of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book. Although the story opens and spends some time in the US Midwest, the bulk of the story is set is 1920s post-war Paris. The author does an excellent job of rendering the setting in such a way that the magic of both the city and the era come alive. The Paris Wife tells […]