We’ve got something special for you today! Do you remember the grammar book that we reviewed some time ago? It is titled “37 Things to Know About Grammar”, and it is a brilliant book in that it makes grammar fun. If you have memories of your grammar teacher acting like the a policeman without a sense of humor, you can forget about that. This book gives you some of the most important principles in English grammar without making you feel as if you were back in school. For writers who may need a quick reference, the book is a handy [Read more…]
As freelance writers, it is very easy to get caught up in our own busy worlds schedules. I am sure that you have, more than once, spent more than 10 hours without doing anything but work in front of your screen. While work is good, we also need to remind ourselves that there is more to life than sitting in front of a computer screen. A break every now and then is always a welcome thing. If you have been working yourself hard this week, why don’t you consider treating yourself to a break this weekend? I do not know [Read more…]
Green eggs and ham, the cat in the hat, etc. – many of us grew up reading these words, and many of us learned to love reading because of the genius of one man: Dr. Seuss. Born Theodore Seuss Geisel, the American cartoonist and writer is definitely one of the most loved children’s book writers today. Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904, and in his lifetime, he published 44 children’s books which are all full of wonderfully imaginative characters. Add to these his uniquely creative writing style, and you will not be surprised at how well-loved this writer [Read more…]
Deck the blogs with tons of leads Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Tis the season to take heed, Fa la la la la, la la la la. To the tips, advice and wisdom, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the boards making friends, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Search the archives, thoughts and surveys, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Ask Jodee about your queries. Fa la la la la, la la la la. Noemi leads in grammar guidance, Fa la la la la, la la la la. While Jonathan talks legal countenance, [Read more…]
Tell your story.
Oh, and just to encourage participation, I’ll tack on a prize. The best story wins a free copy of The Concert for Bangladesh on DVD. You get Harrison, Clapton, Preston, Dylan and even Ringo in their full bearded 1971 glory!
There are a number of web sites that I absolutely love, but I just don’t visit all that often. The main reason is that I know each of these sites could easily suck away any number of hours from my week. Interestingly, many of them involve animals: Stuff on My Cat Cute Overload I Can Has Cheeseburger Some of them are snarky: Passive Aggressive Notes People of Walmart And some of them are downright tragic: FMyLife Texts from Last Night Hm, maybe I should list People of Walmart again… There are some, however, that are just so cool that even though [Read more…]
Aw, gee. I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog that I consider myself to be a “word-nerd.” I love to use superfluous words, and I am a fiend for a compound sentence. In addition, I love to read and to rend some deep meaning out of the words and passages of classic literature. For an American, I’m pretty well-read. Or so I thought. I took this simple little quiz and was appalled at my results. There were 17 quotes listed, and in the 5 minutes provided, I could only identify 7 of them. (They even had the author’s [Read more…]
As I’ve mentioned a few times now, and will probably continue to mention until the novelty of a new baby wears off, I just had my second child. Obviously, I had a little advanced warning that this major disruption would be happening to my schedule. All of my clients were put on notice… After all, I was planning to take the month of October off, with only this blog to “worry” about. So, everyone else was told that I’d do as much as I could for them, up to the last possible moment, but that I was off limits as [Read more…]
While it probably comes as no big surprise to any of you, I haven’t had as much free time as usual lately to surf the Internet collecting the URLs of things that make me LOL. It’s not really the new baby as much as it is the toddler I already had. The new one seems to actually grasp the concept of sleeping, something her big sister still resists on a daily basis. Perhaps that’s why I’m actually in the office, 15 days after giving birth, with the newest family member sleeping in the car seat next to my desk. I [Read more…]
My darling husband sent me a link today, and all I could make out from the URL was “stuff no one told me” and “don’t freelance.” “Uh-oh,” I thought. “He’s finally decided he’s had enough of this being in business for myself thing and is trying to build a case against it.” (I’m very glass-is-half-empty here in the last week or so of this pregnancy.) Instead, he had found a really funny couple of cartoons that I think many of you will relate to all too well. It’s by Alex Noriega at Stuff No One Told Me, and I highly [Read more…]
After finding that fun haiku shirt the other day, I found myself spending an ill-advised amount of time on the Internet looking at “writerly” shirts and other products. One of the coolest things I came across really doesn’t fit my personal style at all. As a shirt, I’m not really all that interested in the style, BUT I so dig the fact that it includes a collection of Shakespearean insults and wanted to share some of the best ones here. When I insult someone, I generally just end up sounding petty and awkward. I mean, there are very few occasions [Read more…]
I have this little thing where I like to turn my dreams into haiku. I mean, given all the words in the world, it’s nearly impossible to really explain the incredible weirdness that happens in our dream lives, so cutting it down to 17 syllables shouldn’t really make that much of a difference, right? Today, I found a total gem while looking for a different design. Oh my gosh. How much do I want this shirt from Threadless Tees? Words cannot express: My birthday’s October 8th. Just sayin’…
It’s no secret that I consider myself to be a word-nerd. I know the difference among “there,” “their,” and “they’re,” for example. (I also know the difference between “between” and “among,” in case you didn’t notice.) Yeah, I do make the occasional mistake, but I hope very few of them slip through the cracks when I proofread work for clients and all. Despite my large vocabulary and ability to punctuate, there are some common English language issues that still escape me. As much as I want to understand them, however, I just can’t seem to wrap my brain around proper [Read more…]
I’ve seen this type of thing in several different places. Back when I was still wondering what the heck the Internet had to offer other than hard-to-follow chat rooms, I found a printed version of it in a souvenir shop and bought it for my English major friend. Some years later, I was forwarding different iterations via email. (Yeah, the Internet was getting a little more relevant at that point.) Now, here I am: a professional blogger, and I’ve found a whole new way to make people read this stuff. By the way, I found this compilation at PlainLanguage.gov. I’m [Read more…]
So, I’m always on the lookout for “writerly” jokes. Yes, I know that “writerly” is not a word, but I use it on a regular basis nonetheless. It’s my favorite non-existing adjective, in fact. I like to fancy myself as a Picasso of the English language. Now that I have a fairly thorough understanding of the proper use of words, punctuation, etc, it’s safe for me to experiment and add my own touches and flourishes. Or an extra nose or something. (Just had to reincorporate that whole “Picasso” comment.) Anyway, I found some new writerly jokes, and this was my [Read more…]
I have two things to say about this: 1. It’s NSFW because of some naughty language (in addition to bad grammar, of course). 2. A lot of people on my Facebook friends list are lucky I don’t have a taser like these grammar police.
Do you ever wonder if perhaps some people’s “writer’s block” has less to do with drawing a blank than it does with the number of Twitter updates they send in a day? Here’s a little ditty by published author Jackson Pierce where she calls herself out for that very thing. Anyone else recognize a bit too much of themselves? OK, this one isn’t actually writing related, but since I already posted a link to a Tik Tok parody, I figured I might as well throw in my very favorite one. It’s geeky-ish-ly delicious.
…because I’m about to destroy them. How do I know? Because I had plans yesterday. And then someone introduced me to this site, and I read approximately 150 pages worth of posts. The site is called “F My Life,” with people sending in reasons that their lives suck that day, followed by the acronym “FML.” If you get to feeling bad about how things are going for you, a little visit to this site might just make you feel better. It’s schadenfreude at its finest: fmylife.com
Usually, I bag on freelance ads for doing stupid things like offering $0.00002 per word or having unreasonable turnaround times. This one, though, is bad for a whole different reason. A client needs general fitness articles that are original (no plagiarizing) and at least 550 words long that have been SEO’d for the URLs & keywords listed. They will be paying per article. They will hire anyone who bids $4 per article immediately. I have attached the guidelines and examples. Article Writing Guidelines: You will be creating an ORIGINAL fitness related article (this will be verified, do NOT take paragraphs [Read more…]
Nota Bene: All of the words in this post are merely my attempt to make the embedded video relevant to this blog. I really just wanted to share the video. So, if you don’t care about my struggle writing about yeast infections or dealing with mental clients, just click “play” already and laugh your butt off. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only freelance writer out here that takes on the occasional less-than-stellar project. I admit, there are times that I accept a project based solely on the fact that I want the money that goes along with finishing [Read more…]
I have a friend who learned late in life that he was dyslexic. Because anything that ever happens anywhere in the world is somehow about me, this made me realize that I had been judging this person’s intelligence pretty unfairly. We keep up with each other via Facebook, and I recently noticed a huge change in his status updates. When I asked him about it, he said that he’d learned how to use Spellcheck on FB. Of course, there are still the occasional homonyms and such that slip through, but it’s apparently made a real difference for him. Anyway, I [Read more…]
OK, it’s not exactly that, but it’s a good one. I mentioned some time ago that I wanted to gather up some jokes for/about writers. I found this one today and thought it was pretty freaking funny. After centuries of us constantly getting it wrong, the “powers that be” gave one of our fellow writers an all access pass to heaven and hell. He decided to take a quick tour before really getting down to the nitty-gritty narrative description. First up was hell. The demon in charge took him to see where they kept the writers whose bad behavior landed [Read more…]
So, if you checked out my recent post in which there’s a video of Stephen King cracking wise with Late Night host Conan O’Brien, then you may have noticed they talked a fair amount about King’s contribution to a still-growing wave of paranoia regarding clowns. If you didn’t watch the video clip but know anything about the book/movie It, then you’ll still have enough context to understand why what I’m about to share is relevant. Anyway, that whole part of the conversation kept reminding me of a hilarious story that one of my favorite comedians (Dan Cummins) tells about the [Read more…]
I recently took a Facebook test (which are rivaled in accuracy only by those found in Cosmo, btw), and it told me that my writing style is closest to that of Stephen King. I don’t suppose I’m all that surprised, as he was the first adult author I ever read (Cujo in the fourth grade). This led to a rather awkward and very brief sex-related conversation with my mother while on a cross-country Amtrack adventure. 10-Year-Old Me: Mom, what’ this word mean? (Pointing to the slang term used.) Panicked Mother: What do you think it means? 10-Year-Old Me: Never mind. [Read more…]
Ooh, “failures in efficiency” sounds just like “failure’s inefficiency.” How cool is that, fellow Word-Nerds? I used to read a lot of blogs, but I just don’t seem to have the time, energy, or attention span to keep up with any of them lately. In my defense, I am running a business, sustaining a marriage, keeping a house, raising a child, and growing an entire human being in my body, so if anyone is personally offended that I don’t keep up on his or her blog…he or she is totally a selfish loser. I do find myself with the occasional [Read more…]