Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Anne Frank, Writer

I can shake off everything as I write:
my sorrows disappear;
my courage is reborn. 

(Anne Frank in 1940, attending Montessorischool)

Anne Frank's diary is a remarkable piece of work, and if you have not seen this TV movie about her life, I highly recommend it! 

Here is the movie trailer:

Monday, June 27, 2016

Creative Mistakes

Chitra Divakaruni (author of Palace of Illusions) shared a graphic at Twitter (see below), which I used to create this poster... very good advice here for writers and for all kinds of artists! :-)

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

(Art in Progress; photo by Randy Heinitz)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Oxford Comma

Have you ever wondered why the Oxford comma is called the Oxford comma? And what the heck is an Oxford comma anyway...? I don't really worry about the Oxford comma mysself (although I enjoy ALL excuses for comma humor, like in the graphic below), but if you want to learn the ins-and-outs of that most controversial comma, check out this TED-Ed video: Grammar's great divide: The Oxford comma.

And here's my favorite bit of Oxford comma humor: The Strippers, JFK and Stalin.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Vintage Social Networking

As someone who was in college back in the 1980s before the Internet, I can appreciate these vintage social networking tools... but I definitely prefer the Internet. My typing has always been much better than my handwriting, and I'm much better at blogging than at writing notes in notebooks. The cartoon is by John Atkinson from his WrongHands blog... and here are some more Atkinson cartoons.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Thesaurus Humor

I am not a big fan of the thesaurus... but I appreciate thesaurus humor! You can read more about the history of the thesaurus at Wikipedia.

Don't use a big word when a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish the contemporary necessity.