Reblogged: A Public Service Announcement: Common Grammar Goofs

Adi, the Happy Lifeaholic reblogged this on her blog, but I felt compelled to reblog it, too, because I find it so useful. If you try to learn a foreign language, things like that help a lot. I feel comfortable with most of these examples. What makes trouble for me is the I, Me, Myself thing which I still don’t fully understand. Dangling participles, oh my, and most of all, punctuation, comma splits and spaghettis sentences. This comes from German, since we usually use long, convoluted sentences, with many commata and few semicolons. Enjoy the post, maybe you find it just as helpful as I did.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Copyblogger and BlueGlass have created this awesome infographic with some common grammar mistakes, and how to avoid them. Enjoy!

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

My children’s book, Runaway Smile, is mercifully free of grammar goofs. Don’t believe me? Read it for free and find out for yourself!

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Week(end) Woofs: A Dog’s Nose

m2Hello everyone, this is Maia, again. Mum read something she thought other people who like dogs might want to read, and see, too.  And so we’re skipping this week’s MOOCy Monday (she’s not been studying anyway), and do a Weekend Woof instead.

Mum says:

“I’m reading many different blogs, and prominent among them are dog blogs. (Eventually I must get my bbootslog-roll(s) done). Among the blogs I always read, and not just browse, is this: Dog Spies on Scientific American, written by Julie Hecht, a canine behavioral researcher and science writer. Don’t be put off if you’re not that much into science. She writes in a very entertaining and understandable way, and her posts teach us a lot about dogs. Today, a Dog Spies Nose-a-thon has started, articles and talks about dogs’ noses. The first article is an introduction, and also features a video by Alexandra Horowitz, How do dogs see with their noses? It tells you about how dogs sniff, process the smells, and how they perceive the world. It is entertaining, well made, and very, very interesting. If you don’t want to read the blog, watch the video here:

The Dog Spies Nose-a-thon continues tomorrow, don’t miss it.”

Now that’s all old woofs to me, but about time you humans get an idea about how important the sniffing business is to us. Maybe next time I perfume myself with horse poo, Mum won’t use that awful word, “bath time”?

In this sense, have a lovely week.

Your Maia.

Blog travelling: Dogs, dogs…

bootsI’ve read a very moving post today, so I decided to do a bit of Blog travelling and comment on this topic without hijacking the other blog.

C-Dog&Company posted: When is When? It’s about the painful task of pet owners to decide on ending a beloved pet’s life.

Some of you who are interested in my dog-related posts may remember that I had a Border Collie, Spot, who lived to the old age of almost 17 years. He had various health problems during his life, most of which could be handled well. He’s had seizures, diet change got rid of that. Later he had a bladder hernia and only emergency surgery saved him. He recovered well. Half a year later, when he was 13, he had a slipped disk, this was very severe and, again, required major surgery. Back then the vet asked us if we wanted to go through with it.

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Flighty Friday: A bit of this, a dash of that…

When I participated in blogging 101 last fall, one of the assignments was to introduce a new feature to your blog. I was thinking about that back then, but didn’t follow up, until I reread the assignment because it happens to be the assignment of the current blogging 101 event today. And what do you know? I’ve done that now by giving myself a schedule and challenge myself to at least three posts per week.

I still need to vamp up my themes pages and organize the navigation lists there, though. And there is one thing I wanted to add, and will do so today, and that is:

bootsThe Blog Traveller

I’m reading many blogs (and that reminds me that I should add making a good blog roll page to my to-do list) and often find interesting posts I would like to find again, and also share with you, dear readers. I think I’ll collect these posts under the ‘Blog Traveller’ tag, maybe sort them according to my themes, maybe not… but it will be a regular feature, and get its own tag.

When I’m on facebook or g+, I sometimes share posts with myself that I find particularly useful and don’t want to lose. I have mostly MOOC and writerly friends there, and don’t want to spam them with posts about dog training, or space images, or whatever else tickles my fancy. I tried to do this with a blog post here, too, a while ago, but found that this doesn’t work. While I don’t regret it in this particular case (it was about reactive dogs), and understand that reblogging sometimes is a compliment, I don’t want to overdo it and “steal” other people’s content. Some simply don’t like it. I think making lists and linking to these posts will highlight the posts, lead interested readers there, and help me finding these posts again.

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Writerly Wednesday: Invaluable Helpers

bootsDo you write? Do you like to read and learn about writing and everything surrounding the art? I do, and that’s why I follow several writers’ blogs, mailing lists, websites and the like. There is so much free advice out there that you could spend all your time reading instead of writing.

And so, it is always good to be pointed to especially good and helpful sites, at least that’s what I think.

Two of my favourite blogs among the many I follow are Damian Walter’s blog “Damian Walter” and Ryan Lanz’ blog “A Writer’s Path.”

Among many informative posts every now and then Damian Walter publishes a post like this “You are not a content creator, you do not create content” or “6 signs your novel may be pretty damn good

Posts like this speak directly to my insecurities as a (wannabe-)writer, I find them uplifting and encouraging. Most of all, it gives me the feeling: I am not alone, others suffer similar insecurities, question and struggle in a similar way. If you have time, and are a writer, visit the blog and look around, there is a lot of useful and interesting information.

Another similarly helpful blog is A Writer’s Path by Ryan Lanz. You can find a writer’s toolbox with a lot of information and useful links and tools. There are regular prompts and inspiration points, and often a very interesting and helpful service called ‘Under the microscope‘ where Mr. Lanz will critique the first 350 (plus/minus a few) words of your story or novel/la. This critique and the comments will give you a good idea if your story has a good hook, if people are interested in reading it, and what can be done to improve it. Mind you, I’m not ready to submit anything yet, but I’m dancing around the idea. It could be devastating… or encouraging.

Maybe you like these blogs just as much as I do.