So long, March. Hello April.
• How to be a writer.
• If you haven’t read it yet, 10 words every girl should learn.
• From The Stranger, a piece about male strippers that had me laughing out loud. (NSFW-ish)
• Card tricks.
• Did you see this? Durst or Durst? Oops.
• What kind of grammar nerd are you?
• Bad grammar and The Simpsons.
• Pretty DIY of the month.
Did you see this piece on Medium the other day?
I think the way language evolves is so interesting, and it’s part of what keeps my job fun. Just how far can you push alternate sentence structures or slang before they no longer make sense to readers? Especially when readers are a kind of faceless spectrum from all over the world, of all different ages. At what point do people just think it’s a mistake?
I have been seeing some of these things in novels and commentary online, and when it’s done right, I think it works well. There’s a personality behind the words. But I also think it’s difficult. Too much is overkill, not enough does look like a mistake.
On the flip side, is your Twitter voice different from longer pieces? Should they be the same or can they be different? As I think about this, I’ve realized I have a much harder time letting my voice come out in Twitter than I do in fiction writing, or even in pieces for work. While it may mean I’m just long-winded, I think Twitter feels a lot more personal yet public. And when it’s instantaneous, it’s easier to say something incorrectly. When there is time to edit, it’s easier to let personality shine. Of course, that might be an introvert thing, too.
It’s fun watching the internet change language, seeing grammar geeks arguing about the shifts and actually discussing said shifts among other grammar geeks. We’ve moved beyond LOL and the oxford comma, though that darn comma still remains a sore point for a lot of people. I wonder what the next 10 years are going to look like?
(My search on Flickr for comma displayed all these “Comma” butterflies. Who knew?)
Work, work and more work. This month is kicking my butt. But April starts with my birthday, so at least there’s something to look forward to. Birthday celebrations include giant bookstores and two of my favorite bands live.
A few favorite stories from work lately:
• Seattle in the movies
• More specifically, a “50 Shades” tour. (This one makes me laugh)
• Tom Skerritt interview
• Some of my favorite restaurants
Happy (belated) National Grammar Day! I’d forgotten it was on March 4 until I scrolled through my Twitter feed that morning. Good ol’ Twitter, keeping me informed about very important holidays.
My two favorite grammar-related links from the day:
Why is it that there are only two fewer days in February, yet the month seems to lose an entire week?
• Some great writers at this conference.
• This is a neat way to find new authors.
• Going for the jugular.
• Is Lady Mary a sociopath? (Nothing to do with writing, this one just made me laugh.)
• Loved this piece.
• This site always has fun desktop images, but these are some of my favorites.
• Do you listen to any of these?
My favorite board games are word games. Though the occasional mindless game of Yahtzee or Uno is fine, my husband and I tend to gravitate toward Scrabble and the like when it’s just the two of us. I think it’s because we’re evenly matched.
We’re always looking for new games, since some word games are great while others fall flat after one play. So when I happened upon a post about something called Crap Scrabble, I had to click. Have you read this from the Bloggess?
I’d start collecting old Scrabble tiles if I wasn’t on a purging quest.
Goodbye 2014, hello new year (and hello new template … long story. This one will probably be tweaked as time goes by.) Here are a few things to read while you’re counting down to the countdown.
• A bit confused and very interested in checking out this book.
• NYT book round-up: best the editors have read this year.
• A drinking game to fit in before the holidays are officially over.
• More NYT books—these for those who like to judge a book by its cover.
• The world’s best-paid musicians. Some of these are unexpected.
• Yes. I think this is part of the reason I’ve learned to love Seattle’s gray days—it brings with it that bit of melancholia.
• For the runners. (Not sure I could stop myself from voicing what I’m thinking with a few of these things.)
Cheers to 2015!
Oops, it’s already December. Leftovers after all the leftovers, then.
• Love these.
• More HP, reimagined.
• Have you seen “Interstellar”? Easter eggs from the film.
• Emoji defined.
• Advice for a writing habit.
• Building mental muscle.
• A favorite police blotter entry from the month.
• Did you see Prince on SNL at the beginning of the month?
• So much work.
• Obsessed with Serial? I am.
Happy Halloween! Are you dressing up? Going to a party? We stay home and give out candy to the neighborhood kids.
• Descriptive writing tips.
• How to find time to write.
• How many of these have you read and seen?
• This book looks awesome.
I am not a Halloween person, and I never have been. But if I were to dress up, Buzzfeed has some good ideas for literary couple costumes. I think my favorite is No. 20.
Any ideas to add? Are you dressing up?