Link of the Week – Arm Wrestling

August 27, 2019

This is just pure fun and a great way for you (or, for authors, your characters) to get the upper hand. Pun intended. Here is yet another gem from The Art of Manliness – how to win at arm wrestling. Check it out!

How to Win an Arm Wrestling Match


Link of the Week – Court Sides with Oxford Comma

March 5, 2019

In the debate on whether or not the Oxford comma is necessary, I say it is. (And will cut you if you disagree. Ok, not really.)

So what is the fuss about? The Oxford comma is the comma used before the coordinating conjunction “and” or “or” in a list of three or more items. It is a stylistic serial comma.

In a 2017 class action lawsuit involving diary drivers, labor disputes, and the Oxford comma (see what I did there?), a Maine court recently ruled in favor of the comma. Read all about it at The Write Life blog. Yes, this happened a couple of years ago, but it illustrates the comma’s important.

https://thewritelife.com/is-the-oxford-comma-necessary


Link of the Week – Search Engines and Databases

February 5, 2019

Authors do a TON of research on any given topic. I, myself, will research even the smallest, insignificant detail just to make sure my writing is authentic. I’ve been known to haunt libraries and used bookstores for information. These days it is so much easier to utilize the internet. Scour, really. There are countless rabbit holes to fall down. But sometimes, you want a more refined search.

You may have heard of Google Scholar, a search engine that allows you to search literature.

Here are some other online databases that might be helpful.

  • Google Books Ngrams Viewer – a graph showing how words/phrases have occurred in a corpus of books over the selected years.
  • IMDb – Internet Movie Database – movies, television, and video game
  • Encyclopedia Mythica – mythology, folklore, and religion
  • Omniglot – encyclopedia focused on languages and writing systems
  • AnC – American National Corpus –
  • Worldcat – a network of library content
  • Encyclopedia Astronautica  –  a reference web site on space travel
  • Acronym Finder – searchable dictionary and database of abbreviations (acronyms, initialisms, and others) and their meanings.
  • AllMusic – music albums, artists and songs; reviews and biographies
  • Animal Diversity Web – database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology
  • Web Gallery of Art – virtual art gallery website

Wikipedia offers a list of academic databases and search engines that are ” useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.”

 


Link of the Week – YearCompass

January 22, 2019

Found this neat little gem.

YearCompass is a global movement that mobilizes people to sort out their last year and plan their next one in order to have a greater awareness of their lives. New Year’s resolutions don’t work; planning your year does.

YearCompass is a booklet that helps close your year and plan the next one. Using questions and exercises rooted in psychology it takes you through the past year, then helps you turn your dreams into achievable goals.

Best part…it’s FREE! It’s not too late to start planning and executing your ideas, projects, and ambitions.

Check it out. https://yearcompass.com/


Link of the Week – Onomatopeia Dictionary

January 15, 2019

I saw this website called The Written Word on social media recently and bookmarked it to look at later. Glad I did. It’s an onomatopeia dictionary. I had no idea I needed one, but clearly I do. What a fun, handy site.

Onomatopeia is a word formed by imitating the sound or action something makes. Think hiss, buzz, boom, argh, bay, arf, cackle, drone, splat, clink, etc. As writers, we strive to have readers experience our stories as if they are actually there. We do this with creative uses of words. The sounds some words make aid in visualizing what’s happening. Such as a cat caterwauling just before its lightsaber ignites with a pssshhew and engages in battle. Ffffkrrrrshhzzzwooooom..woom..woooom!

http://www.writtensound.com/

 

 

 


Link of the Week – Similes & Metaphors

August 21, 2018

Here is a quick, easy blog from Grammarly on the difference between a simile and a metaphor. There is even a quiz to help test you on your knowledge.

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/whats-the-difference-between-a-simile-and-a-metaphor/

 


Link of the Week – Numbers to Words

August 14, 2018

I accidentally stumbled over this while looking up a particular rule on writing numbers. It’s a number-to-word calculator. If you aren’t entirely sure how to write a number out, this tool might come in handy.

http://www.a-calculator.com/words/