Archives for April 2012
One thing that makes writing hard is feeling obligated to say what you’re saying in a way it hasn’t been said before. It’s addictively satisfying to arrange words in new strings that aren’t convoluted or obscure, and actually have a… continue reading »
Just because harvest is months away, don’t ignore your vineyard now. P.S. Check out this wine article I wrote.
“This most complicated word requires great subtlety of treatment in dictionaries. It is used as adverb, preposition, adjective, noun and adverb, and with great diversity within each part of speech.” -Fowler’s Modern English Usage on “Up” I would love it… continue reading »
“7.20 “For . . . sake” expressions For the sake of euphony, a few for . . . sake expressions used with a singular noun that ends in an s end in an apostrophe alone, omitting the additional s. for goodness’ sake for righteousness’ sake” -The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th… continue reading »
“will, would. . . .It is a question of clarity–of telling the difference between what may happen and what will happen. If you write, “The plan will cost $400 million,” you are expressing a certainty. The plan either has been… continue reading »
Luke Skywalker shot two proton torpedoes into a two meter-wide thermal exhaust port practically invisible in the Death Star’s equatorial trench. If we forget about the Force for a moment, Han Solo’s assessment that it was a “one in… continue reading »
Whatever the score is, a good team sticks together until the final buzzer. Happy Friday.
One afternoon almost seven (!) years ago I received a degree in English with a concentration in writing from a respected and respectable institution. Had my life depended on being able to define a grammatical predicate as I walked through… continue reading »
So nobody got the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this year. Buzzkill! Look at the maidens’ dejected faces, as they realize the bride just doesn’t feel like tossing the bouquet. We who enjoy the spectator sport of publishing have been denied one… continue reading »
convince, persuade You may be convinced that something or of something. You must be persuaded to do something. -AP Stylebook, 39th Edition I don’t like either of these words. In high school, I invested a lot of time and effort into Lincoln-Douglas debate.… continue reading »