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Fun with the Apostrophe

I was right. It is Dan and Kate’s Rehearsal Dinner, not Dan’s and Kate’s Rehearsal Dinner. And it only took me 40 minutes paging through three reference books to find the rule so I could quote it to the person … Continue reading

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I Buy a Semicolon for $300

In Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott quotes a colleague of the Dalai Lama about Things That Go Wrong. ….they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is … Continue reading

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Out with the Old

This is what happens when you do Morning Pages more or less regularly for 13 years and don’t throw any of your notebooks away. Julia Cameron might have room to store stuff like this ad infinitum, but I don’t. Anything … Continue reading

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The $$$ Authors Don’t Earn

Literary agent and author Mandy Hubbard (Prada & Prejudice, You Wish) just blogged the stats every would-be novelist needs to read before quitting the day job. Read it and weep. http://mandyhubbard.livejournal.com/249542.html. And then dry your eyes and go back to … Continue reading

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Words I Wish I’d Written

I just finished reading The Freak Observer, a darkish YA novel by Blythe Woolston, and came across the single most evocative sentence I have read, in any novel for any age group, in years and years and YEARS. The main … Continue reading

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