Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cats and Dogs

Are you wondering about the rules for using commas with vocatives, students? Worry no more: here they are.

Divergent-Convergent-Lateral Thinking

As you write, you need both kinds of thinking: logic and imagination. In other words, lateral thinking: both logic and imagination, thinking "outside" the box.

Divergent Thinking: Using imagination. Also called creative/horizontal thinking, brainstorming. A question leads to ideas.

Convergent Thinking: Using logic. Also called critical/vertical analytical/linear thinking. Facts lead to an answer.

The graphic is by Sylvia Duckworth.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Make a photograph for the reader

quote via Jon Winokur at Twitter
image: Paul Reynolds, My Camera at Flickr

Say what you mean. Say what you see. Make a photograph, 
if you can, for the reader. — Stephen King

Characters for an Epic Tale

This amazing poster by Tom Gauld is no longer available for sale, alas! I would love to have a copy of this one: Characters for an Epic Tale.

Hero - Pirate - Fairy - Guards - Headless Man - Golem - Girl - Strongman - Messenger - Lunatic - Old Man - Faithful Hound - Monkey - Minotaur - Invalid - Priest - Three Witches - Knight - Apparition - Innkeeper - Nudist - Wanderer - Hermit - Escapist - Little Man - King - Queen - Lover - Husband - Magic Cow - Gravedigger - Corpse - Talking Shrub - Visitors - Giant - Dandy - Snake - Sniper - Twins - Birdman - Necromancer - Skeleton - Genius - Boy - Tart - Hairy Beast - Broken Man - Metal Man - Urchins - Convict - Giant Cat - Parents - Freaks - Prophet of Doom - Ringmaster - Dancing Bear - Floating Skull - Devil (list of characters found here)

Monday, March 20, 2017


This is a lovely graphic that Pam Hill Breaux shared for NCTE's #WhyIWrite last year:

To carve my heart's thoughts into existence. To chronicle life experiences I might otherwise forget. To forge meaning out of a sea of confusion. To nurse a wounded soul.