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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…]

Don't Freelance

Don't Freelance

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…]

Hey, You Swaggering Rascal Over There!

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…]

Hilarious!

Hilarious!

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’…

Isn't It Ironic? Or, Maybe Not. I'm Really Not Sure to be Honest.

Isn't It Ironic?  Or, Maybe Not.  I'm Really Not Sure to be Honest.

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…]

That Whole "How to Write Good" Thing

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…]

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