Short story excerpted from New England Christmas Sampler by Steve Burt. Christmas Eve 1944, a lone soldier, a barn and a baby.
Language is constantly evolving, but nothing speeds up the addition of new words to the dictionary as technology.
A few decades ago, “mouse” and “web” meant a rodent and a spider’s creation, respectively.
The POD/Ebook revolution continues into 2022. Along with three predictions for self-publishing in 2022.
An ambigram is a relatively new calligraphic tool.
It is a word or phrase that is intended to be read in either of two ways (by flipping it or rotating it) and can have the same or a different meaning depending on the type of ambigram.
What are the big picture qualities that make a good written piece—article, story, essay, blog, or whatever? One that will get read.
Here are three overarching qualities that, in happy combination, make for good writing and good reading.
Remember a few weeks back, I told you that Denise and I would return to finish cleaning up the pond and save the turtles from wearing those plastic beer can holders as necklaces?
Well, that’s exactly what we did today.
We returned to the scene of the crime. Or is that “grime?”
Whirlygigs are difficult to adequately describe: kind of like miniature windmills embodied in whimsical toys perched on sticks in the front yard or back garden.
They are as simple or complicated as one desires. The easy ones have wings that turn in opposite directions, connected with a screw to the silhouette of a bird or cartoon character cut from a handy pine board. The more complex versions might include dancing penguins, an old man chopping wood, or a woman stirring a bowl.