May 31st, 2008

More Snobbiness, More Grammar

***Updated to share this cute comic (one of my favorites!) that Shauna sent by email (click on image to see it larger).

I am not alone! I heard from more than a few of you after my last post about grammar and proper word usage, and so I thought maybe it would be fun to share some of our pet peeves here.

It’s a rainy Saturday, there’s nothing else

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May 30th, 2008

I take it back.

The part about “begging the question” in the cupcake post below, that is.

Did you know that when you write online, small words and phrases that you use with little thought to their proper usage are left up on the screen for people with altogether too much time on their hands, like my brother, to scrutinize and then email to correct you?

I stand corrected.

I accept this correction and

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October 21st, 2007

More on Freelancing

And since we are talking about writing for money, I thought I would also share with you this article I wrote on the topic a short while ago:

4 Freelance Myths

Good for you! You’ve got a dream and you are ready to make it a reality: You want to be a freelance writer. Before you get started, though, let’s consider some mistaken ideas many beginners have about the business

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October 21st, 2007

Frequently Asked Questions

Among questions that fill up my inbox, “How did you get started writing?” is second only to “How do you do it?” I originally posted the following questions and answers over a year ago, but it happened to be one of the posts that was lost in the great Blog Blunder of early spring. People keep asking, and so I am re-posting. If you’ve been here and done that, feel

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September 20th, 2007

On Blogs and Blogging

On Monday I’ll be in Manhattan for an interview with this lady for this show that will air on EWTN sometime this fall. The topic is to be the cultural phenomenon of blogging and other forms of online communication as a means of moral support among Christian women.

I am hoping all of you can give me some food for thought before the interview. Why do you read blogs and

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July 29th, 2007

Blogging on Blogging

I occasionally get emails from people who are beginning a blog and they want to know: What advice might I offer new bloggers? While I do not consider myself an expert in all things bloggy, I do have some experience with this mom-blog thing. So, since some of you asked, I will share 5 thoughts for wannabe mom-bloggers.

1. Be brief. Blog readers (especially moms) have only a few spare

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April 24th, 2006

Something More

A Reader’s Question Before entering into family life, I was active in the Catholic world of writing and editing. Then, two days before my first son was born, I became a stay-at-home mom. It has been five months of happiness with my little boy, but being at home has not satisfied in the way that I thought it would. With only one child (who I hope will be the first

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