08 3 / 2013

An amazing idea. Particularly in those areas where electricity is almost nonexistent.

15 1 / 2013

A bit long, but here’s an article that asks:Does the loss of the natural world degrade mental health?

Excerpt: “While the modern world’s diminished landscapes may contribute to malaise, so too does the modern mind, with its heavy bent toward apathy and consumer appetites, facilitate ecological degradation. The current state of the world is in and of itself a symptom of an ‘insane disconnection between humans and the environment,’ says Buzzell. ‘From top to bottom across modern culture, this rift is evident. It’s a form of insanity that we’re in the process of destroying our own life support systems.’

05 1 / 2013

02 1 / 2013

Came across this in Time magazine and found it interesting. As you read through it, think about other aspects of your life that you treat indifferently. While gift giving is an easy one to tackle AND bash, as writers (and editors), when we put text to screen (or ink to paper), while we can have an attachment to our words, it is the audience, our readers, who matter. For without them, would our words still have meaning? Having a good relationship with your editor is as important as choosing a gift appropriate and meaningful for the recipient. 

http://business.time.com/2012/11/30/worst-gift-ever-the-6-kinds-of-presents-you-should-never-give/?iid=obnetwork

02 11 / 2012

grammarlyblog:

Have you ever thought about writing a novel? November may be the month for you!

If you are new to NaNoWriMo and are curious about the project, here’s what the official NaNoWriMo page has to say about it:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing….

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17 9 / 2012

The life of semi-colons before emoticons. Still find them used quite heavily in academic writing.


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This gem was sent in by a follower on Facebook. 
The Semicolon
 A semicolon is a punctuation mark used to connect two thoughts or ideas which are somehow similar. Generally, each thought or idea could be used as its own sentence, but the flow of the work may be interrupted by the short, choppy sentences.
Semicolons are a little archaic and are not necessary in modern writing. Even in formal writing, they may be replaced by a comma or a period. However, if they are used properly, semicolons can add a pleasing continuity to your work.
When reading out loud, we pause for semicolons much the same way we pause for a comma.
Semicolons work like a soft period, separating the thoughts but keeping the flow of the first sentence.

I’m looking for my book; where do you suppose I put it?


Money is the root of all evil; I don’t believe the reverse is necessarily true.


Martha has gone to the library; Andrew has gone to play soccer.


Journalism has changed over the last hundred years; possibly, this change is for the better.

In creative writing, you can use a semicolon to connect multiple ideas which are expressed in independent clauses. The effect is very poetic: be sure you don’t use this in formal writing.

The woman was heartbreakingly beautiful; she was dark and stormy; she was utterly dangerous.

Semicolons can also be used to separate short clauses in a list after a colon has been used. This is done to clarify the ideas for the reader so they don’t get confused; this practice is particularly useful if the clauses have commas or other punctuation in them.

Please do the following assignments for homework: read pages 15-17 and 20-33 in your math text; finish the outline for your Canada: A Short History essay; finish readingThe Giver, but don’t start writing the essay yet.


I need the weather statistics for the following cities: London, England; London, Ontario; Paris, France; Paris, Ontario; Perth, Scotland; Perth, Ontario.

A semicolon should only be followed by a capital letter if the word is a proper noun or an acronym.

We can go to the museum to do some research; Mondays are pretty quiet there.


Let’s go to Europe; Paris is nice in the spring.

The life of semi-colons before emoticons. Still find them used quite heavily in academic writing.

grammarlyblog:

This gem was sent in by a follower on Facebook. 

The Semicolon

 A semicolon is a punctuation mark used to connect two thoughts or ideas which are somehow similar. Generally, each thought or idea could be used as its own sentence, but the flow of the work may be interrupted by the short, choppy sentences.

Semicolons are a little archaic and are not necessary in modern writing. Even in formal writing, they may be replaced by a comma or a period. However, if they are used properly, semicolons can add a pleasing continuity to your work.

When reading out loud, we pause for semicolons much the same way we pause for a comma.

Semicolons work like a soft period, separating the thoughts but keeping the flow of the first sentence.

I’m looking for my bookwhere do you suppose I put it?

Money is the root of all evilI don’t believe the reverse is necessarily true.

Martha has gone to the libraryAndrew has gone to play soccer.

Journalism has changed over the last hundred yearspossibly, this change is for the better.

In creative writing, you can use a semicolon to connect multiple ideas which are expressed in independent clauses. The effect is very poetic: be sure you don’t use this in formal writing.

The woman was heartbreakingly beautifulshe was dark and stormyshe was utterly dangerous.

Semicolons can also be used to separate short clauses in a list after a colon has been used. This is done to clarify the ideas for the reader so they don’t get confused; this practice is particularly useful if the clauses have commas or other punctuation in them.

Please do the following assignments for homework: read pages 15-17 and 20-33 in your math textfinish the outline for your Canada: A Short History essay; finish readingThe Giver, but don’t start writing the essay yet.

I need the weather statistics for the following cities: London, England; London, Ontario; Paris, France; Paris, Ontario; Perth, Scotland; Perth, Ontario.

A semicolon should only be followed by a capital letter if the word is a proper noun or an acronym.

We can go to the museum to do some researchMondays are pretty quiet there.

Let’s go to EuropeParis is nice in the spring.

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08 9 / 2012

My freshman comp instructor was quite scary, but I learned so much from him that he shaped my academic path.

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When I took my first rhetoric and composition class during freshman year of college, I was bored to tears. It wasn’t until years later, while studying rhetoric in greater depth, did I understand the importance of studying the finer points of persuasive writing. Its importance should not be…

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02 9 / 2012

grammarlyblog:

Last Thursday, we began discussing the root causes of procrastination. You can read more about it, here. I listed what I considered the primary causes of procrastination. They are:

  • overwhelm
  • confusion
  • boredom
  • lack of motivation
  • distraction

To recap briefly, I encouraged those trying to…

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20 8 / 2012

We at Goldenwest Editing are pleased to announce that our new, revised, redrawn, recrafted website is live. Stop on by for a look around, follow us here or catch us on Twitter.

12 8 / 2012

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