Sunday, November 25, 2007

55 A Day

Short Stories for Short People.

This is the reason I'm writing this blog. Simply wonderful examples of fiction you'd never run across in a bookstore are cropping up on the web all the time.

55 A Day is a nanofiction blog whose author invites all of us to submit stories of exactly 55 words. He even provides prompts, if they help remind your muse exactly what the hell she's supposed to be doing.
So, go ahead and submit something

You know you want to.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Apostrophe

As those of you who know me are aware, my last name contains an apostrophe, so the subject is particularly close to my heart. There's a great article over at I Love Typography, or, in this case, "I Love typograph'." It highlights a couple of the most common types of apostrophe abuse.

However, it doesn't touch on the one that bothers me most: the stubborn belief that the apostrophe is merely a comma stuck in the air. You see this phenomenon whenever the right type of person encounters a word word containing an apostrophe they have never seen before. They pause. That's right - they act as though there is a comma in the middle of the word, and pause.

Imagine what that does to my name.

The Apostrophe Vigilante!

Friday, November 2, 2007


Wow, that's a mouthful. It stands for the National Novel Writing Month, which, with an appropriately assessed amount of alliteration, is November.
Now, I realize that I'm a little late here, since it's already November 2nd, but, I figure, if you're going to write 50,000 words in a month, missing a day shouldn't throw you off too badly.

A friend of mine is taking the challenge, and I'm going to see if I can get her to post her progress in a blog. If I'm successful, links will be forthcoming.