Archive for May 2022

Thoughts on a change of scenery (and expression)

Thoughts on a change of scenery (and expression)
I’ve been home a lot lately. Whether it’s writing, keeping up with e-mail and even paper letters, or playing cello, there’s a lot to do — and a bad allergy time for me to do it in. So I’m enjoying moving around my fragile collection (of animal figures, such as Peter Rabbit as mentioned earlier).... Read more »

A reply to The Amused Curmudgeon about arrant language errors

A reply to The Amused Curmudgeon about arrant language errors
If you heard some unexplained cheering on the evening of May 10, that was my voice. I was reading the post by my fellow ChicagoNow blogger, The Amused Curmudgeon, headlined ‘Airing My Gripes About Arrantly-Erring On-Air Language.” I was delighted to see “overturned meanings,” “the unlikeable like” and other pet peeves among my fellow writer’s... Read more »

ChicagoNow's Best Posts of April 2022

Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to determine the best posts that appeared in the previous month on ChicagoNow.com. Each blogger may vote. Of more than 1,000 posts which appeared during April, here are the 20 judged to be the best. (Any post from the blog Margaret Serious is nominated by other bloggers.) Cheating Death... Read more »
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How to Write a Mystery: finding your voice

How to Write a Mystery: finding your voice
One of my favorite memories of growing up was finding a manuscript — specifically, seeing the manuscript of “Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter. Now, of course that’s not a detective story, but it did involve finding the voice, the way to tell the story. Beatrix Potter didn’t know what to write to a young friend,... Read more »