Blogging, Writing

Insert Sarcasm Here — Miscommunication in the Digital Age

  Sarcasm is a tricky beast. Some find it hilarious, while others deem it humiliating. When done well, it's often indecipherable -- a straight-faced delivery can majorly mess with literal-minded folks that just "don't get it." And this is when you're standing right next to each other. On the phone, you can sometimes catch it: A… Continue reading Insert Sarcasm Here — Miscommunication in the Digital Age

Writing

How An Irreverant Penmonkey Got a Traditional Girl to Read a Book on a Screen

This is the story of how a girl who recently lamented the impending death of the bookmark came to read a book on a screen. A self-published book. I know. Today's post comes from the perspective of a reader, and over the past two days I've been happily reading the short story collection Irregular Creatures by Chuck Wendig. A… Continue reading How An Irreverant Penmonkey Got a Traditional Girl to Read a Book on a Screen

Blogging, Books, For Readers, Writing

Matching Tattoos With Margaret

Please enjoy this post from the archives (the first one of my blogging days) while I...live.  My apologies to the four people who have already read this -- go watch Oprah instead. Let me start from the beginning -- I love Margaret Atwood. Not in the, "Then why don't you marry her?" sense, but very simply, I'm… Continue reading Matching Tattoos With Margaret

Writing

Writing for Tomorrow’s Readers (or, talking Betamax in a Blu-ray World)

Last month, The Huffington Post ran the piece, You're Out: 20 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade.  The list is interesting, and a little bit sad, too.  Who wants to admit they're old enough to have witnessed (perhaps with giddy anticipation) the arrival of some of these items that are already meeting an early grave?  The… Continue reading Writing for Tomorrow’s Readers (or, talking Betamax in a Blu-ray World)

Books, Fluff, Writing

On the Death of the Bookmark

There's constant discussion flying around regarding the end of the printed book era.  Electronic books, we've been told, are beginning their coup to take over the world the market.  Brick and mortar book sellers are sinking fast, and pushing their own technology by placing overly-friendly (hypnotized?) e-book-lovers right up front as you walk inside. The demise of the printed page is… Continue reading On the Death of the Bookmark