Guest Post: Signs and Sounds Our Human Knows by Kiwi, Mia and Jock

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Kiwi’s Story
Louise is my human. Got that? Mine. I chose her. I had a few options, although I suppose she did, too. I used to run with a lot of other cats. We were wild rebels. We didn’t need owners. Continue reading

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A Hopefully Helpful Lecture from a Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Nazi

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Writers who struggle with spelling, punctuation and grammar must get frustrated by the constant corrections from well-meaning editors who bemoan the fact that they never seem to learn. The truth is writers who struggle with these areas will never improve without some tips, tricks and suggestions more useful than an instruction to simply start “getting it right”.

As a trained editor, in many of my positions of employment I became a pit stop for fellow employees wanting clarification on how to spell, punctuate and ensure correct grammar. So here are a few tips I’ve come up with to try to ensure fewer mistakes more often. Continue reading

My Top Ten Albums

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Last year on Twitter I tweeted my list of the top ten albums I enjoy listening to. It probably won’t come as any surprise that while there are particular types of music I prefer, it is often the lyrics that really hit home for me. So here’s the list replicated (in reverse order, as all good top ten lists are) with samples of the spectacular words that fill the songs.

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Book Review: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

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This book took me a long time to read. Not because it was difficult to read but because I would read it in patches searching for something to keep my interest and put it down again when I failed to find anything and it would be sometimes days, sometimes weeks before I would pick it up again. In its defence, this is a long book. Actually, that’s not really a defence at all. It’s a long book in which nothing much of any interest happens.

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