Archive for June 2022

A reply to Aquinas wired about writer's block

A reply to Aquinas wired about writer's block
My esteemed colleague, Aquinas wired, posted earlier today on his excellent blog, The Quark In The Road, asking “How Do I Break a Writer’s Block?” Catch up with the post here. In the comments, I reminded him of Beatrix Potter’s experience with Peter Rabbit, which astute readers might remember from an earlier post. Aquinas’s reader... Read more »

Let your hair down and enjoy

Let your hair down and enjoy
During the heat wave, I’ve spent some time going through notebooks and looking for ideas about staying cool… er, I mean staying inside and writing. I enjoyed finding a draft from Nov. 5, 2020, about the expression “let your hair down.” At that point in the pandemic, I had been growing my hair out since... Read more »

You stood on the lectern? Your balance beats mine!

You stood on the lectern? Your balance beats mine!
I was delighted when I checked the Grammar Rules posts at WritersDigest.com today. Robert Lee Brewer’s post featured three of my favorite furies among words worth defending: lectern, podium, and pulpit. While Brewer’s examples are clear and well worth reading, I’d like to expand on them by looking at the roots of the words. Lectern... Read more »
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ChicagoNow's Best Posts of May 2022

Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest for the best posts that appeared on ChicagoNow.com during the previous month. Of the more than 1`,000 posts that appeared on ChicagoNow.com during May 2022, here are the 20 judged to be the best. (Posts originally appearing on Margaret Serious were selected by the votes of other bloggers.) The... Read more »

Why I enjoyed the queen's Platinum Jubilee

Why I enjoyed the queen's Platinum Jubilee
OK, I know — we had a revolution so that we don’t have a monarch anymore. Two of my grandparents even left Britain, first for Canada and then for the U.S. But I have other relatives in both places, and I treasure my memories of many different places in Britain. Five places in Britain (and... Read more »

How to Write a Mystery: the Imaginary Writers' Room weighs in

How to Write a Mystery: the Imaginary Writers' Room weighs in
(Editor’s note: What follows is a re-posting of the same thing posted on June 1, in order to repair format glitches which happened then.) “We haven’t heard much from Margaret for a while,” said Agatha Christie. “Have ye investigated, Dame Agatha?” said Robert Burns. “I’ve seen her sitting around with a red book,” said Daphne... Read more »
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