The curse of curse inflation

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "No, Thank You." If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why? The 'F word is such a useful word. The most powerful expletive in the English language, it is enormously adaptable: noun, adjective, adverb, verb, it will do them all. … Continue reading The curse of curse inflation

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Luring me back to cancel half a line

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Personal Space." To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it? This … Continue reading Luring me back to cancel half a line

This film is complete: no sequel required

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Missing Sequels." "If you could create a sequel to one favorite (standalone) movie, which would it be? How would it build on the original?" I tend not to like sequels. Too often they are disappointing, or downright dismal. I don't known that any of my favourite films is a sequel, … Continue reading This film is complete: no sequel required

In praise of the Interrobang?!

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "By the Dots." We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks! I am a punctuation pedant. I read quickly, … Continue reading In praise of the Interrobang?!

Super sight, or a sense of smell?

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Super Sensitive." If you were forced to give up one sense, but gain super-sensitivity in another, which senses would you choose? It is almost Faustian, I would agree to abandon one sense in order to gain super-sensitivity in another. Sight, it has to be sight. I would want … Continue reading Super sight, or a sense of smell?

You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.

Austin Kleon, a self-described “writer who draws,” emphasizes the importance of your surroundings in regards to creativity: There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income. I think the same thing is true … Continue reading You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.

“My fountain pens have dried up. But it doesn’t matter, for I forgotten how to use them.”

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Pens and Pencils." When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era? "My fountain pens have dried up. But it doesn't matter, for I forgotten how … Continue reading “My fountain pens have dried up. But it doesn’t matter, for I forgotten how to use them.”

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A 1960's El Camino car, yellow naturally, holds 6 people. This blog was viewed about 550 times in 2014. If it were a yellow car, it would take about 90 trips to carry that many people. Click here to … Continue reading 2014 in review

Parentally forbidden topics of conversation

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Agree to Disagree." Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work? 'A' close friend or relative, singular? I have several. Whilst it is nice … Continue reading Parentally forbidden topics of conversation