Category: Make Me Think Monday

Are you a Master or a Captain of your writing?

We use the two terms interchangeably in common use while each has a distinctive nuance and historically the titles represent unique roles in nautical vocabulary. Before standing navies were established, armies used civilian ships to transport soldiers and… Read More

Writing Mistakes on Social Media

Copy editing is hard. That’s why I use a professional for my novels, but when I write blogs, FB posts, and tweets, I proofread myself. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes not so good. Recently I ran across… Read More

MOTHER – A Word Study

Mother’s Day, the day set aside to honor mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society, is fast approaching. This coming Sunday, May 14 to be exact. Knowing Mother’s Day was so soon, I… Read More

Six Ways to Be a Better Wordsmith

Our ability to “create meaning from words” –– wordsmithing–– is such a wonderful gift. (In case, you’re unfamiliar with the word, it means skilled in using words.) I agree with J.K. Rowling. Words are magic and that magic… Read More

Sometimes English Isn’t English

English isn’t always English. I learned that many years ago from my British partner in our antiques business. With his King’s English and my Texas-English, communication was frequently a bit of a challenge. As we traveled the English… Read More

A Writer’s Dilemma – Drama and Suffering

We all dislike negative, unhappy things aka drama. Who wants to suffer and be unhappy? I sure don’t. But – reality is drama, though unwelcomed most of the time, is what life is all about. Happy drama is… Read More

Do April showers bring May flowers?

It wouldn’t be right to blog in April without referencing the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” The phrase probably came from the General Prologue found in The Canterbury Tales: “Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote… Read More