Archive | July 2012

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Five Sentence Fiction — Perserverance

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Perseverance. Here is my offering: “Mr. Wilkerson, are you awake?” the […]

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Are you a Quidnunc or a Gongoozler?

I had the good fortune to work with a lady who, still,  is not only a fine friend but a great editor. She loves words. We used to have a chest-high, wooden bookstand in our office that held a massive and impressive dictionary. It must have been six inches thick; fifteen pounds of paper, dust […]

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Can You Say Crepuscular?

Do you have a little restaurant that you go back to again and again? Is it because the food is really that good? Is it cheap?  Or is the reason because it is comfortable; because you know exactly what to expect? The waiters all know you, the menu doesn’t change, you have a particular table […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Scarlet

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Scarlet. Here is my offering: The darkness settled around them like […]

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On the Back of the Apostrophe

In order to teach, you first have to learn. So in an effort to personally better understand the art of punctuation I offer this post on the apostrophe. Last Thursday I took a perfunctory look at comma usage based on the information gleaned from Lynne Truss’ wonderfully entertaining and informative book, Eats, Shoots and Leaves. […]

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Lynne Truss’ Seven Basic Rules for Proper Comma Usage

We sprinkle them through our work like extra salt on an order of fries (or chips for you British lot).  A moderate additional amount of seasoning can’t hurt, but if over done, food becomes inedible. We do it almost without thinking. I’m talking about commas.  I have to admit that I am far from an […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Composure

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Composure. Here is my offering: It had been a tight, grueling […]

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