Links and Resources
American-English — Do you realize how different a language is American-English. It isn’t like British-English, Canadian-English, Australian-English, or any of the other Englishes. American-English knows that good grammar and punctuation is a matter of choice, as opposed to “rules”, those hard-and-fast elements you were probably taught in el-hi schools. What words do YOU capitalize? Where do YOU want punctuation in your written words? How do you spell words that retain hang-overs from their original language — ette or et, f’rinstance? Where do you place commas? If you use a commercial style manual, why? You have choices to make and you’ll find those choices clearly presented in this fifth grammar book of mine. Wread it and Write YOUR way. Oh, yes, keep your notes in Your Style Manual.
The Anarchist’s Guide to Grammar – Ask questions and read responses from the grammar anarchist. You will NOT receive rules to guide your quest for reasonable grammar; you’ll receive the grammar anarchist’s guidelines to help you decide what is reasonable grammar and what is not. Didn’t you know you have a choice as a writer to select your own words?
Twelve In 12 Who says I’m nuts! So I set out to publish twelve books in the twelve months of 2012 – and made it. The publisher in me is still panting. I polished up some earlier manuscripts, wrote a couple of new ones, compiled some selected writings, and reached my goal. Read some notes on this outrageous undertaking on www.TwelveIn12.blogspot.com
RATIFY THE ERA: It’s time women were included in the U.S. Constitution. Ratification from only three states are needed to make that happen. Get the skinny on Val’s first blog: eraupdate.blogspot.com, and follow up with the Florida Equal Rights Alliance website. Get involved! Make it happen! The time is now!
The reasons for waiting have dwindled to nil. Urge friends living in the states still dragging their feet to poke their legislators. Only three ratifications are needed; and 15 states have yet to do so. They are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. www.2PassERA.org or http://www.equalrightsamendment.org
EuraLex European Association for Lexicography. Each two years this group holds a linguistic conference with lexicographers from around the world. Val has attended conferences in France, Barcelona, Spain, and In 2010 at the Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, Netherlands. You can see pictures from this trip on my Facebook page.
Books, Authors, and Artists
She sings like morning coffee (bubbly, full of energy and meaning) and writes awesome lyrics. Her latest album is “Attachments” nominated for a 2013 Grammy as best jazz vocal album. I particularly like (what else?) “Language” (writers will love this one) and the 2011 Grammy-nominated “Ages” (for anyone of any age). But never overlook my first favorite: “Dooji Wooji”. Click onto her very creative Web site and settle back to enjoy uniquely original poetry as well as entertaining illustrations. If you look at nothing else, discover Miss English – a woman after my own heart!
Brent Hartinger This guy can write – and not just the easy stuff. Brent Hartinger has chosen to write books for young adults as his audience. Geography Club (HarperCollins 2003) became his first bestseller and now has turned into a movie (out later in 2013). You can view the movie soon on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. His latest book, Dreamquest, is a beauty. Brent writes novels, articles, and screenplays; he teaches, and lectures – and gee, is he busy!
Randall Platt Randall Beth Platt is the kind of writer you’ve always wanted to become. She rises early – I mean early – and writes away until it’s time to play handball. Then she does the nitty-gritty stuff of authorship before going off on a modeling gig. Her books run the gamut from raw western humor (the Fe-As-Ko books) to subtle beauty, The Cornerstone. She has turned to writing books on sensitive subjects for young adults: Honor Bright, The Likes of Me, and the latest, Hellie Jondoe, winner of the Willa Literary Award in 2010. Her latest book is Liberty’s Christmas.
Fun-with-words.com is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.
Dana Quade: A woman who aspired to write a book to share her insights into making life better for herself and those around her. You should see where her vision has taken her! Take a look at: www.doingthething.com.
Plateau Area Writers: A gathering of accomplished and aspiring writers, dedicated to forming writer’s critique groups, encouraging writers’ creative efforts and providing community services while huddled in the shadow of Mt. Rainier in the plateau area of Southeast King & Northeast Pierce counties, Washington. Plateauareawriters.org
Northwest Authors – a gathering of accomplished and aspiring writers, dedicated to forming writer’s critique groups, encouraging writers’ creative efforts and providing community services while huddled in the shadow of Mt. Rainier in the plateau area of Southeast King & Northeast Pierce counties, Washington. www.northwestauthors.org
www.loc.gov/nls/bbr/ – Books in braille, including Grammar for Grownups
custom-writing.org/blog/grammar-resources— Julia Reed’s excellent article: “101 English Grammar Resources for Effective Learning and Fun”. A writer’s “must”!
www.pnba.org – Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
www.northwestauthors.org – a group of very talents authors from the Northwest
www.powells.com – Powells Books in Portland, OR
www.loc.gov/nls/catalogs/braille – National Library Service for the Blind
wwww.abanet.org/careercounsel/profile/judges/holidayg.html – American Bar Association