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Your Body, Your Writing

November 18, 2017 12:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This blog is concerned with the sacral chakra, second from the bottom. Irish writer and poet Christy Brown was born with cerebral palsy and learned to paint and write with the only part of his body not affected by paralysis, his left foot. His autobiography, My Left Foot, was made... read more

Skylar’s First Birthday

November 3, 2017 2:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The title image is one of the many banners hung at Skylar’s first birthday party. In 2002 I signed up to be a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Durham, North Carolina. I was lucky enough to be paired with Vanessa who was twelve years old... read more

English Settings II: British Slang

December 23, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This is a sequel to English Settings I: Britishisms. I’ll start where I started before: So you’re an American novelist and you’ve chosen to set your story in England. That’s great. But now here’s your problem: English. In my earlier blog I said that British slang was a category unto... read more

The Acne Maven

November 11, 2016 10:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Image: Gail giving a facial The best secret in Orlando, Florida is Tamahra’s Secret, aka T-Secret, a skin care salon in College Park. It’s not Orlando’s best kept secret, by any means, because it is widely known both locally and nationally and, indeed, clients fly in from around the... read more

Five Questions with Lori Ann Bailey

September 13, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m having so much fun connecting with all the smart authors and bloggers I’ve met online. This is the latest entry in my series of conversations with other romance authors, who join us to share about their creative process, their habits, their inspiration, and more. Our guest today is Lori Ann... read more

English and The Case of Romanian

July 1, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In Chapter 12 of Languages in the World we introduce Jean-Louis Calvet’s gravitational model comparing the different “weights” of languages across the world, each language having an attractive power, like stars and planets. The heavier the language, the more likely people are drawn to learn it. The lighter, the less... read more

Thanksgiving 2015

November 26, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

My fantasy: In the run-up to Halloween, I see Halloween decorations with an orange and black color scheme. After Halloween I see Thanksgiving decorations with turkeys and autumn leaves with an orange and brown color scheme. Only after Thanksgiving do I see the red and green of Christmas and all... read more