Thursday Three #54

  1. Here’s an interesting article about whether style guides can help you write better. Style guides are useful for learning the basic rules of language and the peculiarities of an organization or publishing house, but they won’t make your writing better. The only way to do that is to read, and read a lot.
  2. Once upon a time, “Suga Suga” by Baby Bash was my jam. Then I heard a song (Robin Schulz’s “Sugar”) that heavily borrowed from it, and I thought… wow. You know you’re getting old when songs from your high school days are getting sampled into newer songs.
  3. Random “housekeeping” thing: I haven’t been checking my email address (maggie underscore smith at live dot com) because I rarely use it anymore and it won’t let me reset the password for some odd reason. So if you’ve emailed me there, I promise I’m not ignoring you. If you need to reach me, you’ll get a much faster response if you use quickstep 7 at gmail dot com.

Thursday Three #53

  1. One of my coworkers shared this joke with me (from Powell’s City of Books online newsletter, back in 2002): “This brief interlude is dedicated to the millions of unheralded, hardworking blank spaces who tirelessly and with pride perform the thankless task of unbeing in order that words should remain properly held apart.”
  2. This is a good article about “adulting.” One can now take “adulting” classes on basic stuff like baking a cake, changing a lightbulb, and so on. To be honest, that’s all kind of silly. We really need classes on the major things, like buying a house, handling insurance, and managing finances. The super-basic stuff should be learned by watching or doing. I’ll admit, as a Millennial, all the basic “adult” stuff was intimidating to me at first, but the only way to do it is… to do it. It also helps if you’re forced to do it and you have no other choice and no one to do it for you.
  3. According to some, it’s time for “they.” I’ve talked about the use of the singular “they” here before, and I do use it in speech, but in writing, I still default to the clunky “he or she” or the old-fashioned “he” when referring to a human being of unknown gender. It’s way too premature and presumptuous to tell others what to call others or themselves. I know I’m not “woke” and that’s OK. My opinion is that we should refer to everyone as “y’all.” Using “y’all” in the third person might be even more awkward than using singular “they.” But it’s my choice, right?