(If you'd rather listen, here's the audio.) To paraphrase the classic song, "We're just wild about Harry." For Brits and Yanks, the May 19, 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is still on our minds as this posts 18 days later. If you are a writer, you can use this topic tomorrow or 10 years from now. Readers will still know who Harry and … [Read more...] about ‘Newsjacking’ Harry and Meghan
OK ... nuthin' difficult here, today. Just a new monthly feature on the website (Fun Holiday) and a cute joke: What does a snail say when he's riding on the back of a turtle? He says, "Whe-e-e-e!" (Nope. It doesn't take much to entertain me.) World Turtle Day For those freelancers who might need a 'different' type of news story to offer a client, check … [Read more...] about Happy World Turtle Day
“MONTHS? To write a blog post?” My friend’s eyes were deer-in-headlights big, and his eyebrows shot up. Way up. The same thing has probably happened to you. Others rarely understand the complexity of our work. They don't see the details behind 'Task A,' and they've never heard of 'Task H.' However, we deal with A-through-Z on a regular basis. Keeping … [Read more...] about 5 Steps to ‘Non-Overwhelm’
No! Don’t listen to Obi-Wan! Don’t 'move along.' It’s time we face the music on these words, because we tend to spell (and say) their plural forms incorrectly. When I see these in clients' files, it takes time to correct them. Of course, this means more cost to the writer. If you keep an eye out for these plural puzzlers, you can save time and money when … [Read more...] about Plural Puzzlers
One of the things I especially like about having my own proofing business is the ability to help when a volunteer group needs a newsletter or, perhaps, a final look-see for a website. This is one place I’m able to ‘give back to the community,’ as well as help someone who is in panic mode. For example, the person who shows up at meetings and takes good … [Read more...] about “Can I use ‘their’ in sentences ?”
OK. You’ve received a digital hand slap from your online English instructor, or the teacher at your school 'bled all over' your report in red ink. The comment was something about needing 'parallel structure' on your lists. What in the world is parallel structure ? It’s a fancy way to say the structure of those lists must ‘match.’ Check out this example … [Read more...] about WHAT is ‘parallel structure’ ?!