- My new pet peeve is the use of “finesse” as a verb. I have been seeing it in a few of the books I have been reading, and it really bothers me. Apparently, it is not an incorrect usage, though. “He finessed his way through the crowd.” Yuck.
- You’ve probably heard that they added “they” to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in September 2019. To me, “they” is fine when you don’t know a person’s gender; for example, “I just saw someone go down that abandoned alley. I wonder what they’re doing.” But I still can’t wrap my brain around using “they” as someone’s preferred pronoun: “I want you to meet my friend Jack. They will be pleased to finally get to know you.” I might just have to resort to the usage in the Dick and Jane books (“Dick is driving to work. Dick is leaving Dick’s car. Dick is entering the building.”) to avoid using pronouns at all. What a world.
- Boring life update: My son knows how to pull himself up to a standing position. He is so thrilled with this, he does it all the time, even when he should be trying to sleep. Whoever said “they grow up so fast” was not joking. When you are a kid, you don’t think you’re growing up fast, but when you’re an adult watching other kids grow up, you see the truth in that statement.
A rare post that includes pictures! Typos are everywhere…
I spend a lot of time talking about myself, so here’s a post in which I talk about my favorite blogs and the awesome people who write them instead. (These are all in my “I Endorse These Blogs” list.) I try to keep my favorite blog list current, so I have a bunch of favorites that aren’t on the list only because their owners have not updated them. I keep hoping they’ll come back!
Anthony writes about a variety of subjects (movies, music, writing, etc.) and is posting a story called “the town hall mystery.” Always something good and interesting to be found here.
A lifestyle blog geared toward Catholic women. The Blessed Is She company also sells some very nice (but I’ll admit, very expensive) liturgical planners.
These two sites are owned by my cousin, who is the Italian guru in the family. If you want to learn how to speak Italian, look no further! There are also recipes and cooking tips for those of you who love Italian cuisine. If you don’t want to refer to a blog and would rather look at a book, you can also purchase a handy guide (or two) to the Italian language.
Similar to the Lousy Book Covers site I talk about below, but the authors of this blog critique book covers and give suggestions for improvement. Very useful to self-published authors who need a good idea of what to do and what not to do when creating a cover.
This blog belongs to Fr. Angel, a Roman Catholic priest. It’s mostly a Q&A blog, where the confused masses of Tumblr ask him for advice on all kinds of matters. He gives fair, honest answers that are in line with church teaching.
Bridgett posts her fantasy novels on her blog, as well as writing updates. She is persistent and talented; her stuff is well worth checking out.
I’ve been following Florence for a long time, and her posts make me happy because they are so aesthetically pleasing. She does book and movie reviews and posts about writing advice. Highly recommended.
Kristen’s blog is very popular because it’s filled with humorous advice on the writing and publishing world. She tells it like it is, and she speaks from experience, having published books of her own.
This is one of the best Catholic blogs out there, and it was a huge help to me back when I taught third and fourth grade religious education. The blog’s owner, Katie, teaches at a Catholic school and has a ton of great resources. Her stuff is gorgeous, and there’s lots of Fulton Sheen fangirling. 🙂
Honestly, I keep this site on my list because it’s hilarious to look through when you’re bored and want a reminder of what the cover of your self-published book should NOT look like.
Need an expert editor? Michael is your man. This isn’t a blog per se, but I keep it on my list because I admire Michael’s mad skills.
A Catholic blog dedicated to St. John Vianney, patron saint of Catholic priests. I wrote about him here, when his relics were in town. Most of the blog is material from other sources, so I keep it on my list for my own reference.
I love Rachel’s writing blog because it is so well organized. She puts a lot of work into keeping it running and having a consistent flow of content. She recently published her book of short stories on Amazon as well.
Rod is the author of The Benedict Option (highly recommended), and his blog can sometimes be controversial because much of it is pointing out the crazy stuff the left side of the political world (and sometimes the Trump side) is doing these days.
Simcha literally wrote the book on NFP, and she writes about that and many other topics (Catholic related) on her blog. I like her style because she is realistic and tells the truth without sugar-coating or being condescending.
Sushi is a ridiculously prolific NaNoWriMo guru and something of a celebrity in the NaNo-verse. She’s always writing (or Tweeting) about something interesting.
A Catholic blog run by an old friend of my husband’s. Deacon Matthew is insightful, informative, and wise beyond his years. He posts homilies, musings on being a deacon, and some very good apologetics.
The official NaNoWriMo blog! A must-follow if you’re into NaNo. Here you can find writing tips and pep talks galore.
I have been a fan of Vickie since way back in the 90s when she kept websites related to the old computer game series Petz. This link is to her DeviantArt page, where she posts a well-drawn comic called Used Books and some adorable pictures of her pet rats.
Victoria is a published author from England. She posts about the books she has read and of course, her own books. I like her blog because the pictures she publishes with her posts make me happy.
Great writing advice, and one of the blogs I’ve been following for the longest time (actually since I joined WordPress). Always good content, and it’s kept current, which is rare to find.