In a newspaper article titled "The Art of Schmoozing," one of the people interviewed by the reporter was quoted as saying: "A lot of our organization is built around networking, which means that we’re built around schmoozing." In his wonderful book, "The Joys of Yiddish" (among my all-time favorites), Leo Rosten … [Read more...] about Schmoozing? Or Losing?
Archives for August 2018
"You only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly. You can’t write regularly and well. One should accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.” ~ Jennifer Egan (Pulitzer Prize winner) He was a British author who could have had no idea of the dubious fame … [Read more...] about Celebrating Bad Writing
So what’s this stuff about English being easy? Consider the fact that we have one little two-letter word in our language that has dozens of meanings and can be used as an adverb, adjective, preposition and noun. That word is “UP.” It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky, or at the top of the list, but … [Read more...] about What’s Up?
Do bank tellers close their windows just before it’s your turn? Do panhandlers on the street offer you money? Were you on Mother Teresa’s enemies list? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, consider the following: “Xvxn though thx kxyboard on my old computxr has startxd to show a lot of wxar and txar, … [Read more...] about Feeling Unappreciated?
“Be yourself and your readers will follow you anywhere. Try to commit an act of writing and they will jump overboard to get away.” ~ William Zinsser As I was just saying, (OK, it was way back on May 25), preparing a book proposal “can be almost as difficult and time-consuming as writing the book itself.” Now, nearly … [Read more...] about Completed at Last
“Be yourself and your readers will follow you anywhere. Try to commit an act of writing and they will jump overboard to get away.” ~ William Zinsser Among the writing resources I recommended in a recent post (May 15, 2018) was a book by the late William Zinsser, titled On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing … [Read more...] about A Must Read – Times Two!