Just Write: Distraction-Free and Motivated Writing

Writing is Hard Work Let's just acknowledge from the get-go that while writing can look easy, it really requires effort, focus, and determination. Sometimes, it's just plain hard work. Face it - if you're a writer, you probably spend just as much time (if not more) caving into distraction rather than facing that blank page … Continue reading Just Write: Distraction-Free and Motivated Writing

New Cat Font Proves that Cats Have Officially Taken Over the Interwebs

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 … Continue reading New Cat Font Proves that Cats Have Officially Taken Over the Interwebs

In Support of the Oxford Comma (aka the Serial Comma, aka the Harvard Comma )

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 … Continue reading In Support of the Oxford Comma (aka the Serial Comma, aka the Harvard Comma )

Ever Wonder Where “OK” Came From? Read On to Find Out

OK

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. … Continue reading Ever Wonder Where “OK” Came From? Read On to Find Out

Word Aversions – Or Words We Just Hate

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), … Continue reading Word Aversions – Or Words We Just Hate

Book Review: Write Away

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 … Continue reading Book Review: Write Away

Book Review: The Paris Wife

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 … Continue reading Book Review: The Paris Wife