Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Thursday, March 4, 2010

You know March is here because...

February brain-fog is lifting, even though the weather still kind of stinks. I had a good writing day.

It's also NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY, March forth, er, fourth. I know you're excited.

Some Grammar Day comics for you:

Take this quiz, courtesy of the Grammar Girl website. See how you do.

Correct the Celebrity
1. Which album title has the spelling error?
      a. “Dutchess,” by Fergie
      b. “Growing Pains” by Mary J. Blige
      c. “Graduation” by Kanye West
      d. None of the above

2. What’s wrong with this lyric by Justin Timberlake? “When you cheated girl, My heart bleeded girl.”
      a. It’s perfect as it is. Leave Justin alone!
      b. “Bleeded” is not a word. “Bled” is.
      c. There should be commas before and after “girl”
      d. Both b and c are correct.

3. Circle the errors Paris Hilton made blogging about her new shoe collection.
(Hint: there are at least three!)

“Don’t worry, if you arent in Orange County, you can also get the shoes at Kitson,,, Bakers, Lord & Taylor and select specialty boutiques across the counrty”

4. Correct the following movie titles:
      a. How She Move
      b. The Pursuit of Happyness
      c. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
      d. The 40 Year Old Virgin

5. Circle the error in this statement by Christina Aguilera:
Today is a very joyful and special day for Jordan and I as we welcome our first son into this world.

6. What’s wrong with this David Hasselhoff quote?
“I am also doing a heart-rendering set on my life and the mistakes I have made.”
     a. There should be a comma after life.
     b. “heart-rendering” doesn’t need a hyphen.
     c. “heart-rendering” should be “heart-rending”
     d. The sentence is fine as is.

7. One of Jessica Simpson’s boyfriends dumped her via text message. The related headline
contains an error. What is it?
     Jessica Dumped in 118 Characters or Less

© 2008 SPOGG

Answer key forthcoming tomorrow.

What's your favorite grammar error?

Sunday, February 28, 2010

February Redeemed

The last week of February ends tomorrow and I admit, in spite of the rest of it, the month has redeemed itself:

First, because the sun came out and there was light.

And because snow fell all day one day and stuck to the trees and they stood around like bright-white elegant sculptures in the fog while I took the dog for a walk on the mountain twice. It looked like this:


 Also, because then the sun came out again and shone so hard and warmed up the air so much I went on a bike ride. I don't have a picture of that.


all that brightness turned on something in my brain, and I rewrote the beginning of Hepzibah again - and decided I have my final beginning. I've said that before, but I believe this time it's true.

And then, because of "Bright Star," which I watched tonight, about the poet John Keats. It was stunning. I love his poetry, loved the movie. I cried.

And then I remembered that I got to hear Manachem Pressler play Chopin a few weeks ago. Oh. Sigh. Oh. I have no words. Time moves so slowly in February, I had forgotten that was still this month.

Also, I taught a lesson on the purpose of pain and decided February exists so we can feel the joy of spring.

February, adieu: redeemed upon thy deathbed.

Playing High and Dry with Sourdough

Lately I've been playing with dough. It's become a sort of a compulsion. Maybe because I'm tired of driving all the way to som...