This may be the easiest colloquialism I’ve ever researched. (Read: There is actually information available about this one!) I ran across this particular phrase, “to buy a cat in a sack,” in a forum thread talking politics (which I will not get into here – we all deserve a break). Once again, I understood what … Continue reading Colorful Colloquialisms – “to buy a cat in the sack” (English, German, French… most of Europe, really)
I was really excited to learn that there is soon to be a museum of linguistics in Washington, D.C. According to the article, “’Planet Word’ will be an interactive center dedicated to language arts, in the vein of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York.” My first reaction, of course, is to stop myself from immediately planning … Continue reading A Museum of Linguistics? Sign Me Up!
Today I am confronted with two psychological phenomena that are different, yet essentially the same. We had a new employee come into my department today. We have long awaited filling this position, and it will certainly make my life easier. Because her position and mine work closely together, it fell to me to show her … Continue reading If All the World’s a Stage, Am I a Good Enough Actor?
Ah yes, new dictionary words. One of the things that make my inner prescriptivist and my inner descriptivist fight like kids squabbling over who got the bigger half of the cookie. Some of these words, like gender-fluid, non-apology, and squee, remind me that the job of a dictionary isn't so much to tell you how to use language, … Continue reading In with the New
We’re ramping up to auditions again, this time for a production of Geek! by Crystal Skillman. It’s an interesting take on Dante’s inferno where two girls navigate the levels of Hell, portrayed as the floors of a hotel at an anime convention. Initially, I would rather have gone with our original consideration for the spring, … Continue reading Time for Auditions
I said in my last post that I have an announcement, and I actually have two. First, I’ve switched jobs again and am working in Decatur with my previous company. It’s a better fit for me, and I’m excited to be back. It’s a little strange to come into a “new” job where I already … Continue reading New Job, New Business, New Year
I haven't been posting lately, mostly because I have been working on a project that I will be announcing after the new year. However, I had to comment on this: I received a pingback to one of my Colorful Colloquialism posts. Which is, of course, always great to see. I wasn't sure why this particular … Continue reading I Don’t Know What to Say!
Let’s face it: Marketing is not my thing. It’s not my director’s thing, either. We realized, though, that we need to up our game, and that this production, with a new theater and a visiting celebrity playwright, was an opportunity we couldn’t miss. The university does have a marketing director, and we work with him … Continue reading Another Lesson (Still Being) Learned from the Fall Production: Facebook Marketing
Normally I wait to post about the lessons learned from our productions. This one, though, has been so full of challenges I feel like I've already collected enough for several posts. Before I start, though, just a quick note: We have shows going on NOW, and Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer on Supernatural and Whitney Ellsworth on Deadwood, … Continue reading “Verdigris” by Jim Beaver -In the New ACA Theater Now!
Well, I admit I’m currently a sleep-deprived wreck who vaguely remembers having a spouse and kids (and if I try really hard, I can remember what my house looks like), but it’s not currently for this reason.
Honestly, if November weren’t the exact opposite of the best time for me to do it, I might have given NaNoWriMo a go, if only to get in the habit of writing more, more often. My husband is doing it, and so far managing to keep up. But I have to say, this post from The Red Pen of Doom sounds like a better strategy, and it also includes some great tips no matter what your target word count is.
Every year in November, writers around the world attempt something noble and worthwhile: to not just write a novel–the Toughest Writerly Thing A Writer Can Do–but finish the thing in an insane amount of time, as in the 30 short, rainy days of November.
This is a huge, organized thing, nicknamed NaNoWriMo, the kind of acronym only writers could come up with after a marathon viewing of BLADE RUNNER and THE MATRIX trilogy. (Spoiler alert: first one with Neo is perfect while the second and third will ruin your childhood).
HOWEVER: writing an entire novel in 30 days is would be more accurately described by the non-acronym of Crazytown.
With logic and numbers, I’ll show you: (a) why this is nuts, even if you really, really want to do it, and (b) how an alternative is easier while (c) giving you better results.
When logic and math fail, I’ll resort…
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