Month: January 2017

Functional Shifting in Grammar: Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Hi Writer Peeps! Today’s blog is about words and phrases that usually identify as one part of speech, but step out and play another role from time to time. I like to think of these as “transgrammars.” Other grammarians–stuffy sorts–call them functional shifts. The…

On a Complaint of Loneliness, by Guest Blogger Devra Carmical

When Adam was in the garden of Eden, God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” People will tell you that you are not alone because of the many passages that speak of God’s presence with us…

In language, mob rules.

Salut, Writer Peeps! For those who forgot, and for new readers, Monday blogs are about writing and editing and books and reading and all things word related. In my house, I force my kids to listen to me lecture we enjoy lively discussions about etymology, the history of…

I might be a sleeper agent for the feminist agenda.

A funny thing happened this week on Facebook. I was “outed” as a feminist. To my knowledge, that had never been a secret, but it caught some folks off guard. Apparently, their ideas about feminism clashed with their ideas about Christianity, and they couldn’t wrap their heads around someone who believes in both.

Hanging my head, I present The Excuse.

I ask about their progress, even when I suspect they’ve made none. I roll my eyes when they claim they’re too busy to write. I stare down pre-published hopefuls and demand, “You make the time!” In short, I’ve been kind of a bully–but I hope in a benevolent, head-matron kind of way.
Now it’s my turn to hang my head and mumble, “I’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff.”

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