Category: Kathryn A. Frazier

Mom & Dad’s Photos

My task is scanning and organizing their photos.
Since my parents’ deaths, we’re sifting through their belongings, deciding what to keep, what to donate, and what to sell. It feels wrong, as if they’ll come home any minute and catch us robbing them. But we know for sure that we all want copies of the family photos.
Mom and Dad kept all their photos loosely tossed in large cardboard boxes, along with…

Self-driving Cars and Avocado Toast: Welcome to AP Stylebook 2017

These are the days that we grammar freaks live for!* The Associated Press Stylebook 2017 is shaking things up with 200 changes, some of them major changes. The internet (lowercase i) is buzzing with venom as traditional grammarists duke it out with progressive grammarists, using well-written and carefully punctuated insults, while trolls stoke the fire with deliberate misspellings. It’s a maaaaaad house!

Avoiding Bias when Writing Descriptors

One of the biggest changes to American English in recent years is an emphasis on persons first. That is, we no longer define human beings by their descriptors. I’m not talking about Political Correctness. I’m talking about grammar.

Why “I’ll pray for you” is not always nice. What to say instead.

We say it (usually) with good intentions. But to the unchurched, it can sound confusing or even divisive.

When and When Not to Write On Spec

    Kon’nichiwa, Writer Peeps! On spec. As a writer, you’ll hear that a lot. It’s short for “on speculation,” and it means that you write an article, a short story, a screenplay, book, whatever, with no contract and no promise of publication. You send…

Hezekiah’s Passover: Wrong but Still Right

The Biblical account of a particular Passover celebration when so much went wrong, but even more went right.

Distracted Writing

I’m distracted. My conscious thought is pinballing between dozens of logistics and social commitments, regrets and what ifs, bits and pieces of about six works in progress, the memory of an arcade pinball machine that my dad once brought home as a surprise, and wondering whether I brushed my hair today and…

Quick Reference Guide to Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction

For those of you who find yourselves either without a style guide, or too busy writing the next great American novel to get bogged down in the nit-picky details, I made you a handy-dandy, quick-reference chart for punctuating dialogue in fiction. Since most fiction is written in Chicago style (CMOS), that’s the style I used.

Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method

Ciao, writer peeps! I still have this eye thing limiting my screen time. Surely, there’s a blog post in there about serious writers overcoming all obstacles to express their craft. But I didn’t write it. Since I love you and want you to succeed,…

Why the Crucifix?

Guest blogger, John Brunson. Without the Cross, there is no resurrection, there is no hope.

Creative Studio Portfolio

I'm inspired, so I inspire

Ride the Pen

COPYEDITOR ~ WRITER ~ MERRYMAKER

Hebrew for Christians Blog

A personal blog by John Parsons, author of the Hebrew for Christians web site.

The Writer’s Dig – WritersDigest.com

COPYEDITOR ~ WRITER ~ MERRYMAKER

Marlayne Giron

My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psalm 45:1

frugalfish

When you have NO money.

Kristen Lamb

Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi

Precious Holidays

Celebrating Life in Jewish and Christian Harmony

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