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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230


I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Reign vs Rein

I just saw this from a person who really should know better:

“[When XXX happens], you’ve got to reign them in.”

Unfortunately, it’s all too common a mistake. Sorry, no. You’ve go to rein them in. I suppose an argument could be made that you’ve got to rule them, and a rule is a reign, but it’s

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A Brief Note on the Importance of Diction

Winston Churchill did not say “I have nothing to offer but vermeil, moiling, delacrimation and sudorification.”


Why Corporate Publishing is so Much Better Than Self-Publishing

I just finished reading a book that was quite appallingly bad.

There are so many ways in which this book stinks that it’s difficult to know where to begin, so I’ll just jump in.

Dated research. There were so many

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Mini-Rant o’ the Day: “Couple”

In some uses, you can use couple without of:

They are a couple.
It is a retreat for couples.

In others, you cannot:

I will list a couple of examples here.
She has a couple of books in her house.

Here’s the key: replace couple with pair, and see if you need of:

They are a pair.

NOT: They are a pair of.


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The Importance of Diction

As all three of my regular readers know, I have a list of what I call “the basic tools of the writer.” These are (in no particular order) spelling, punctuation, diction, syntax, and grammar. I periodically get emails about one or another of this list, typically doing one of two things: either telling me what

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True or False: “All That Glitters is Not Gold”?

False. (Yet another reason to hate Shakespeare)

I can’t tell you how much I hate it when an illogical, inaccurate phrase becomes a common saying, or acts as a phrasal template for all sorts of things, as this one does. (And let’s not even go into that whole glisters/glistens/glitters thing, ok?)

All men (women, people, cars, bloggers,

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The First Rule of Drafting

Reposted from an article I wrote on www.webook.com.
He’s studied the Rules extensively, not so that he’ll know what to do and what not to do, but so that he’ll know what to do openly and what to sneak around at.

–The Bumbler’s Apprentice, Other Loves

“The Rules of Drafting,” the teacher writes across

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