more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become.  –
May Sarton

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People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter

This is perfect!!!

This implies the audience makes no judgement other than “Hey! There is art here! I like art! I will enjoy this art!” Which would negate the existence of about 75% of social media.

It also ignores that large segment of the audience that says, “Hey, loads of people are eating THAT cake! This one here looks a little better, but everybody seems to like that one, so I’d better eat some of it too!”

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Braided suede cord necklace with hei matau pendant

My latest creation. I had a totally different idea in mind for this necklace before I started it. This is what happens when your muse runs off and does her own thing.

Merde.  I just wasted $5 buying an editing app called Hemingway. Here’s a hint: Unless you only have an elementary-school-level ability to construct sentences, don’t bother with this thing. It “rates” your text by just five criteria: hard to read sentences; very hard to read sentences; number of adverbs; words/phrases that can be simplified; and usage of passive voice. 

Actually it would not be at all useful for people who only have an elementary-school-level ability to construct sentences.

For example, it rates this sentence of mine as “hard to read”:

The weather was always chilly this time of year; the clothes we had wouldn’t give us much protection while we traveled cross-country.

Why? Because it has a semicolon in it? The app tells me this is “college-level” reading, which I consider an insult to pretty much every student from about fifth grade on up.

As for those words or phrases that can be simplified: The word “very”, on its own, is one of them.

It’s terrible at context, as well. It flags the sentence “I was surprised to see tears in her eyes” as a use of passive voice. Just because a verb has a form of “to be” in front of it, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s passive voice. Okay, technically (very technically) it is, but how does one change that sentence to make it both active and not awkward? And why would one need to?

Bleah. I don’t know why I thought I needed this thing anyway.

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