Your Friendly Grammar Ninja, Lesson 1: Addressing Grammar with Humor and Hyperbole One Word Crime at a Time Hmm. Where did my obsession with words and articulation spring from? I’m not entirely sure, but I do remember sitting in the small office of an older woman during math class with a couple of other students who … Continue reading Your Friendly Grammar Ninja: Lesson 1 – Apostrophes
Shiritori . . . what? Welcome. So glad you asked. Shiritori is a Japanese phrase that translates roughly to “begin at the end” or (ahem) “taking the buttocks”. Shiritori is also a popular word game in Japan in which players are required to say a word which begins with the final kana of the previous … Continue reading Shiritori . . . what?
My students and I are studying this case. We love the work of pathologists. 🙂
Murder Suspect’s Daughter Takes Fifth
Mother Blames Daughter In Father’s Murder
On The Case with Paula Zahn: A Betrayal At Charisma Farms
Defense To Present Case In Husband Murder Trial
Jurors Begin Deliberating In Dorotik Trial
Dorotik Murder Case Takes New Turn
Request To Interrupt Dorotik Jury Denied
Wife Found Guilty Of Premeditated Murder
A Family Torn Apart
Name: DOROTIK, JANE MARGURITE
Admission Date: 08/08/2001
Current Location: Women’s Institution
Clearly written and so helpful! Thank you, fellow author. Much gratitude.
In addition to writing and teaching, one of the things I do for a living is to evaluate manuscripts for their suitability for publication. I read fiction (and non-fiction) across several genres, and write comprehensive reports on the books. I try always to guide the author towards knocking his or her project into a shape that could be credibly presented to literary agents, publishers and general readers. You know how Newman and Mittelmark introduce How Not to Write a Novel by saying, ‘We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, pointing out the mistakes they recognize instantly because they see them again and again in novels they do not buy,’ well they’re right; I am one of those editors.
However good the idea behind a novel, when the author is still learning the craft of writing – like any…
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Thanks Ron for supporting a fellow writer. I really appreciate this. Here’s to a new year of possibilities and success.
What made you pursue a career as a teacher?
I love teaching and helping students to appreciate literature and the delicious satisfaction from pursuing knowledge.
What inspired you to write?
I’m not entirely sure how to answer this question. Honestly, I think that most writers are “certifiably insane”. I’ve mentioned this in an endearing tongue-in-cheek manner on my blog a couple of times. I think that we were merely born this way. Write or wither. I enjoy creating worlds and characters. I enjoy finding something wonderful or terrible in everyday ordinary situations and events.
What do you want your readers to benefit from your writing?
I’d hate to spoil my readers with what I think or the implication that I want them to believe or do anything necessarily. There’s a quote by Samuel Johnson, which I came across that sums up my present answer to this question. A writer only begins…
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