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    The love point - Sep 24th, 2015
    Once again, National Punctuation Day is upon us. And that means I am going to talk about one of my favourite things—punctuation! But I’m going to change things up this year by talking about punctuation as it (may) relate to love. Because we all need a bit of love (and punctuation) in our lives. [more...]

    Just four years - Feb 15th, 2014
    Just Frances is four years old. Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been spewing this utter nonsense for that long? And if you thought I might be nearing the end of rubbish things to talk about, you’re wrong. (No apologies. If you don’t like it, you can just stop reading!) [more...]

    For the love of books - Dec 4th, 2013
    On Monday, I became the proud owner of a National Library of Scotland membership card. It was one of life's enjoyable moments and brought me the same elation I recall from my first-ever library card for the Carpenter Memorial Library in my hometown many, many years ago. [more...]

    Take up your quills! - Nov 26th, 2013
    As regular readers may know, I am a fan of letters. Proper, hand-written letters sent to family and friends—or even to perfect strangers if there's cause. I honestly believe that if more people would write letters to those they care for, relationships would flourish and people would be happier. (Naïve? Maybe.) [more...]

    My Halloween interrobang - Oct 31st, 2013
    When it was determined that I would be in America for Halloween this year, I began to think about what I would dress up as. [more...]

    Modern conversations - Oct 20th, 2013
    This evening, I had the awesome privilege of going to a high school play with my way-cool niece (and Goddaughter!) Felicity. And because she thinks I'm way-cool, she let me sit with her and her friends. [more...]

    Falling words - Sep 27th, 2013
    I went to Snoqualmie Falls on my way home from my Olympia/Portland journey and was amused when I noticed words embedded into the steps and sidewalk around the visitors’ centre. I couldn’t find anything about them on signs, so I don’t know if they are meant to form together into a poem, or if they’re meant to spark the imaginations of others—or if they’re just meant to be random falls-related words. [more...]

    The genius theory - May 10th, 2013
    I took a bit of a self-esteem stumble after being pushed by some hurtful words over the weekend. I really let the words get to me and I started to doubt my goals because of them. [more...]

    Separated by a common language - Mar 4th, 2013
    It’s National Grammar Day in America, when grammarians will march forth on March 4th to spread the good word. (That’s good word, not well word.) And as a lingual hobbyist, I couldn’t resist the urge to join in. [more...]

    It’s an onomatopoeic day - Dec 14th, 2012
    I do love a bit of onomatopoeia. But I don’t like experiencing it first-hand. Achoo! Of course, since I’m home, snuggled under my duvet, experiencing the agony of a cold, there is a lot of onomatopoeia going on. [more...]

    A case for the interrobang - Sep 24th, 2012
    Today is National Punctuation Day in America—a day to celebrate the amazingness of punctuation. Today also marks the start of Social Media Week—a world-wide event looking at social media’s impact on modern-day society. [more...]

    Dusty books - Apr 28th, 2012
    A couple of years ago, a friend took me to Glasgow for a surprise that would really excite my ‘geeky side’. As we made our way to this secret place, I wondered what it could be. My friend knew of my love of books and printing and typography history, so I thought we might be going somewhere to see an old printing press or a collection of ancient manuscripts. [more...]

    Journalist? Blogger? Writer. - Mar 28th, 2012
    I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on a paper that asked if there should be regulations or laws to distinguish between what professional journalists and ordinary citizens can write. And that led me down all sorts of paths, thinking about issues of blogging, journalism, and the media’s general place in society. [more...]

    Moleskine inspirations - Mar 4th, 2012
    I write. In fact, I think it would be fair to say that I’m a writer. And as any good writer does, I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go so that when inspiration hits, I am prepared! [more...]

    Minor chord - Nov 11th, 2011
    I love a good minor chord. I love minor keys and minor scales. I love a bit of musical dissonance. Unexpected notes; unexpected lyrics. They’re wonderful to me. [more...]

    National Grammar Day - Mar 4th, 2011
    It’s National Grammar Day here in the fantastic United States of America. Are you as excited about that as I am? No? Well, I suppose I didn’t expect you to be. But I am super-duper excited! [more...]

    100 random things - Feb 17th, 2011
    My friend posted a list of 100 random things her daughter wrote about herself out of boredom and I thought I’d give it a shot and create my own list. So, if you’re not already bored, this should help… [more...]

    A dialect vlog - Jan 29th, 2011
    I’ve decided to take part in the ‘Dialect Vlog’* craze so today you get to see me on camera. Yay! [more...]

    Coccydynia - Jan 3rd, 2011
    Remember how I told you I went cross country skiing last week and didn’t fall once? Well, I wish I had fallen once, because it was the second fall that caused current state of coccydynia. [more...]

    Feeling dotty - Nov 9th, 2010
    I’m still struggling with the sadness that came over me yesterday. Not in an “I’m still sad” way but in a “Big episodes of grief really wipe me out” way. So I decided I’d take it easy and doodle for a bit after dinner. [more...]

    Blagenda - Nov 8th, 2010
    WooHoo! I made a trip to the homeland this weekend to make blagenda with my folks and one of my sisters. Her kids and my foster daughter got in on the action, too. [more...]

    A-Z poetry (Hey! That rhymes!) - Oct 23rd, 2010
    Today’s writing lesson was an A-Z poem where the first letter of each line forms the alphabet in alphabetical order. It was a bit challenging because I often use these writing assignments to reflect on my emotions rather than just silliness, but I do love a good challenge! So, without further ado… [more...]

    Curly - Oct 9th, 2010
    So, I’ve had my hair curled. And how awesome is it that the intransitive verb mentions one of my favourite foods (bacon) and the sport of my favourite (non-native) country (Scotland)?! Yay! [more...]

    My favourite things - Sep 28th, 2010
    As part of my effort to take back my lunch time, I’ve spent today’s lunch break composing a little ditty on my laptop just for my awesome readers; who are also some of my favourite things. (Yay! for awesome readers! And yay! for reclaimed lunch breaks. And yay! for whatever else you want to celebrate today!) [more...]

    Punctuate this! - Sep 24th, 2010
    Yay! Today is National Punctuation Day. And if you know me at all you know that this is a day I love to celebrate. [more...]

    Hump day haikus - Sep 23rd, 2010
    The Squeen, in her most noble and wise ways, has declared that: “Wednesdays, today and forthwith and here-on-after, are haiku Wednesdays.” I’ve thought about posting random things related to haikus (including actually writing my own) in the past but haven’t actually done it. [more...]

    An illegitimate, homeless transient - Aug 12th, 2010
    I was born as a homeless transient, living in hotel rooms on the road for the first couple weeks of my life. Added to that early start, in the 1980s it was discovered that I was actually an illegitimately-born child. In fact, most of my sisters were illegitimate, as well. [more...]

    No “E” - Aug 5th, 2010
    Q: What does a geeky word-enthusiast who’s just cancelled her cable do for entertainment? A: She re-reads one of her favorite lipograms, of course! [more...]

    A cup of inspiration - Jul 29th, 2010
    The smallest things inspire me. I find it surprising at times because one little, seemingly-inconsequential thing can draw the most amazing ideas from my mind. A simple smell can inspire me to write a short story; the sounds of children laughing... [more...]

    I’m [not] stupid - Jul 22nd, 2010
    Plinky asked me to describe the worst teacher I’ve ever had. I figured that since two teachers instantly came to mind, it was a big enough deal to actually blog about. [more...]

    Ranking Rankin - Jun 7th, 2010
    I’ve finally read the first book in Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series, Knots and Crosses. Paul had told me about the series when I was living in Edinburgh—the setting for most of the series—then a couple of years later, we watched a BBC documentary called Ian Rankin’s Hidden Edinburgh after which Paul reminded me again that I needed to read the books. [more...]

    It’s a party for your head - Jun 5th, 2010
    In honor of the lovely Flik’s 13th birthday tomorrow, I am holding a party for my head* this evening. Oh yes, I am! And I dared—or rather, double-dog dared—the young (er, I mean, nearly-adult) Flik to do the same. [more...]

    Laughing “Alot” - Jun 2nd, 2010
    This made me laugh. It made me laugh a lot, at the thought of an alot. [more...]

    Fortunes - Apr 7th, 2010
    I completely pigged out on Chinese take-away tonight. I mean completely pigged out. I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty site to watch me wolf down so very much monosodium glutamate laden food. But whatever, I have a happy belly for it so that’s all that matters. [more...]

    Words I hate; Part 1 - Apr 4th, 2010
    I love words. When strung together properly they can be so powerful. Without words there would be no poetry, no musical lyrics, no mindless blogs… [more...]

    Building strong bones - Mar 17th, 2010
    Growing up I was told to drink my milk because it was good for building strong bones. I attempted that at the weekend by purchasing a half-gallon of 2%* to enjoy with a box of Cap’n Crunch Berries. [more...]