Columbia grad students Jake Heller (“Strunk”) and Ben Teitelbaum (“White”) pay homage to the iconic style manual, set to Valentino’s music.
For one of the newest commentators on this blog, Angeline.
Give your writing a go, find a little time. You never know what might happen until you do it.
Just recently I took the bullet and signed up to April’s huge blogging event, the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Today I got an email from CampNaNo, however. And found that the two can work together.
I finally got around to making my mind up and signed up to participate in April’s Blogging from A to Z challenge. I know what hard work it is in writing and posting once a day for a full 30 days – and also in going around and reading and commenting on other participant blogs each and every day.
On May 7th participants in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge have been asked to provide a reflections post. This is mine, provided for both my post series on criminology found at my website and the slight failure of blogging every day on this one also.
It is the end of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge today and I don’t have the energy to come up with a scintillating (zintillating?) ending for the letter ‘Z’. My laptop finally did a bunk on its power problems last week, and was taken away to what I thought was a certain death.
That must be the worst scenario for a writer, by the way, to lose access to their keyboard. Typing out blog posts on an infra-red rubber keypad attached to an iPad just doesn’t cut it long-term, take it from me. I tried, and only managed a couple. (It’s quite good for reading, though).
So, this is my final post for the A-Z Challenge, and also a checkin for the #ROW80 group.
I’ve been slightly unwell lately, both in the health and writing department. That’s allowed more time for some reading, and other creative pursuits, but there’s one important thing to remind myself of – my own dislike in reading on a writer’s blog about how they haven’t done any writing, achieved their goals, or done anything productive in writing.
Every writer knows the mantra – every good writer reads. A lot. Reading the genre you are interested in writing within is one worthwhile task (pleasure), but once you begin to seriously read as part of your working life, finding the time and initiative to continue on reading and finish everything is a different issue all up.
When they first came out – way back when – I can remember my mother spending quite a few hours peering down with a paintbrush, and re-creating a masterpiece by colouring in blocks of numbers. You can still buy ‘Paint by Numbers‘ kits, but they are quite small, and target children nowadays.
If only writing could be done similarly – by the numbers. But it can’t, even if I’m sometimes tempted to follow some writing pundit’s step by steps (which noticeably never come with any guarantee anyway, nor do they come with a ready-mixed painting block which takes a lot of the fun out of it).