contentzombies

Why you (yes, you) need to be a better writer (and how to get started)

More people need more content for more reasons, and that means that people are doing more writing.

Part of me thinks that’s really cool, because words! are! great! and I like that more people are using them and (one hopes) appreciating them.

Part of me weeps softly in the corner over my thesaurus and a well-worn copy of The Little, Brown Handbook.

Somewhere between the hundredth listicle… Continue reading

Happiness is books

My reading workflow for book recommendations

I am a fiend for book recommendations, especially if they come from people who (seem to) have similar reading taste to mine. Or from authors I follow. Or from friends whose insight and personality I like (and generally that’s all my friends, because kind of otherwise, why would we be friends? But anyway, that’s beside the point).

So I come across a lot of book recommendations on Twitter, and… Continue reading

the turtle moves

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

I find it harder to write reviews of fiction than of nonfiction. I think it’s because, once we get past the basic questions (Can this author write a decent sentence? Do they understand grammar? Is there an actual plot? Are the characters believable?) we get to subjective questions.

For example, I hated Moby Dick with all the whale-hunting passion of a true Ahab.

I never got through anything… Continue reading