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Heraldry: London College of Arms

April 3, 2018 3:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Calling all romance novelists who write Medievals! You can brush up on your knowledge of heraldry by checking out the London College of Arms, aka College of Heralds, pictured above and located at 130 Queen Victoria Street. Heraldry: Origins A herald, or herald of arms, was originally a king’s or... read more

Korean languages

Korean Language: A Duke Symposium

March 30, 2018 2:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Monday March 26 Hae-Young Kim, the Chair of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages at Duke University, organized a symposium on the Korean language. It was entitled “Politics of language and identity: Korean speakers in the peripheries of the national and transnational.” In the title photo you see, from the... read more


Fridging versus The Grieving Widower

March 23, 2018 2:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Fridging versus The Grieving Widower merits the subtitle: The Troublesome Pattern of Killing Off Female Characters. We writers know that the only thing as fun as creating a character is killing one off. Here I’d like to come to awareness of what we’re doing when we’re killing off a character,... read more

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Write With Vigor: Seven Tips

March 6, 2018 8:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Rosie was a riveter not a writer, but still she symbolizes for me the idea for us authors to write with vigor, which I take to mean strength allied with determination. Write With Vigor Tip #1: Read How do you improve your tennis game? The answer is obvious. You play... read more


MeToo Monologues – Duke University

February 27, 2018 2:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

First thing to do: distinguish MeToo Monologues from the #metoo movement. Two weeks ago I wrote on the #metoo movement in a post-Valentine’s Day blog. The #metoo movement is a social media effort mobilized to highlight the problem of sexual assault and harassment, particularly in the workplace. In contrast, MeToo... read more

African American Vernacular English

African American Vernacular English

February 19, 2018 1:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

African American Vernacular English is also known as Black Vernacular English. For many decades now linguists have studied African American Vernacular English, and their most significant finding about this particular variety of English is that it is not a defective or inferior form of Standard English. It is variety in... read more