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I can’t quite explain why I’ve been so sparse with posting. It could be because I’m working to stay updated with Musical Reviewer and Writers Remember, or busy with my new community moderator gig at MyCycle. (At least I’m keeping up with something(s), even if it’s not my own blog!)

It could be a combination of the above and my miscarriage and the death of my father.

Or it could be that I wasn’t feeling inspired by my blog’s theme.

(I think that was more the problem.)**  Read more ›

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Today is National Grammar Day!

Happy National Grammar Day!

In honor of this glorious day I’d like to introduce you to the recipients of the 2008 SPOGG Awards. (SPOGG stands for The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, started by Martha Brockenbrough.)

So, without further ado… direct from the National Grammar Day website:

The 2008 SPOGG Awards

March 4 is National Grammar Day, and as part of our festivities, the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar is handing out SPOGG Awards to the U.S. city and to the U.S. celebrity with the worst grammar.

The City with the Worst Grammar in the U.S.

This year, the award goes to Columbia, South Carolina, where spelling is monumentally bad—at least in one particular cemetery. SPOGG member Chris Cole sent in the winning photo, which won by a substantial margin.

The mayor of Columbia, Bob Coble, had no comment. Read more…

The Celebrity with the Worst Grammar in the U.S.

This year, the award goes to President George W. Bush, who does not realize the plural of “child” is “children,” not “childrens.”

He beat Paris Hilton, who produced T-shirts that say “THATS HOT” without the apostrophe, and Courtney Love, who generates so many errors per inch of text on her blog that even the best instruments known to grammar scientists have failed to record them all. (See the contestants in their full glory.)

SPOGG thanks its members for their submissions and votes. SPOGG would also like to note that this contest is completely unscientific, and that the SPOGG Awards have a cash value of less than 1/20th of a cent.

Till next year…

Don’t forget to visit the following sites:
Martha’s site
Martha’s blog
The SPOGG site
The SPOGG blog
The National Grammar Day website

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Today is Square Root Day!

I know this is a writing blog, not a math/science blog, but this is too cool to not celebrate. (Don’t worry, my wordy friends — tomorrow, March 4, is National Grammar Day!)

Today, March 3, 2009 (3/3/09), is Square Root Day. (If you’ve been out of school for a while, three is the square root of nine.) 😉

In the words of CNET News:

Tuesday is Square Root Day, a rare holiday that occurs when the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits of the current year. Numerically, March 3, 2009, can be expressed as 3/3/09, or mathematically as √9 = 3, or 3² = 3 × 3 = 9.

Square Root Day occurs only nine times in each century, and on the same dates each time. The last one occurred on a Groundhog Day, February 2, 2004 (2/2/04), and the next will occur in seven years on April 4, 2016 (4/4/16). The last square root day of this century will occur on September 9, 2081 (9/9/81).

Redwood City teacher, Ron Gordon, told the AP about a contest he started in honor of Square Root Day, in which the winner receives $339.

How can you celebrate? Some people take root vegetables and cut them into squares. Or you can prepare food in the shape of the square root symbol.

According to Scientific American:

Because of the nature of perfect squares, the wait time between square root days increases by two years each time as the century unfolds—five years separated the previous square root day from today’s, seven years will pass before the next square root day in 2016, and nine years will elapse before the following one in 2025. But after the final square root of this century, September 9, 2081 (9/9/81), there will be a slightly prolonged layover before the 22nd century starts its own run of square root days on January 1, 2101 (1/1/01).

The complete list of dates is as follows:
1/1/01
2/2/04
3/3/09
4/4/16
5/5/25
6/6/36
7/7/49
8/8/64
9/9/81

Sources:
Scientific American
CNET News
Associated Press
Wikipedia

Stay tuned for tomorrow, March 4, when we celebrate National Grammar Day!

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Freelance Writers Appreciation Week

Happy Freelance Writers Appreciation Week, a bit belated.

Better late than never, right?

This week has been Freelance Writers Appreciation Week 2009. So, even though today is Friday, it’s not too late. Have you appreciated a freelance writer this week? If you’re a freelance writer, have you been appreciated this week?

It’s not too late. Freelance Writers Appreciation Week lasts a couple more days, and hey, Valentine’s Day even falls within this special week. Couldn’t have planned that any better. Chocolate, anyone? 😉

So, how did YOU celebrate this week? What do you most appreciate about being a freelance writer?

By the way, here’s a little link love in honor of the weekend of Freelance Writers Appreciation Week:

Kristen King at Inkthinker posted this great list of the Top 100 Books for Freelance Writers. She’s even got them organized into categories. Check it out!

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Here I am, testing the waters…

Hello? Is this thing on? Is there anybody out there? I’ve been tinkering with this post for days now, trying to tweak it and make it just right; however, there comes a time when you just have to click “publish.”

Where to begin? I’ve been through a lot in the last year; 2008 was a doozy.

My father died of a heart attack in January (2008), and I had a miscarriage, losing our first baby in June (right around Father’s Day weekend, at that!). I mentioned about my dad here, but I don’t think I ever mentioned that I was pregnant, let alone that I had a miscarriage.

I just didn’t know what to say. I haven’t known what to say for many months now.

I have so much inside that needs to be written, needs to be healed. This blog needs to be a safe place I can come to, a sanctuary, rather than a place I avoid because I wrongly compare myself with other writers and what they have to offer. I can’t compete with some of the knowledge that some other bloggers share, but I hope that I can inspire.

Which brings me to a revelation about a new meaning to Mrs. Write Right, Word Therapist. Not only do I enjoy engaging in word therapy like rescuing excess apostrophes, saving commas from being spliced, and repairing injured & abused words, but word therapy can also convey a therapeutic meaning. I’ve been involved in counseling before, and I know how talking and writing through things can be therapeutic. So, this blog has a new purpose involving word therapy — using writing to heal.

As I test the waters of social networking once again, I look forward to reconnecting with my writer friends as well as meeting some new folks.

I’ve already gotten back into Twitter and I’ve been overwhelmed with “welcome backs,” so apparently I wasn’t forgotten. 🙂

I culled through my RSS feed reader. I’m left with, for the most part, blogs I really care about, though probably still more than I need to be subscribed to, but hopefully I’ll feel less overwhelmed trying to keep up with everyone.

For now I probably won’t be blogging articles about the freelancing life, as many of my writer colleagues are doing. That’s one of the things that gets me overwhelmed with unrealistic expectations about what I “need” to offer my readers.

Rather, I am reembarking on finding where I fit as a writer-editor, since I haven’t really written creatively in a quite a while, and it’s something I need to allow myself the freedom to reengage in. I’m planning to head in a more inspirational direction, rather than monetizing, how-tos, etc. Those are wonderful topics, but they’re just not what I do. I’m focusing on words and writing as therapy. As of course there will be some punctuation and grammar topics along the way — I love those!

Let’s face it: I love to write. I love to write creatively. And if you’re here reading this, you probably do, too. We all need a little inspiration along the way, and I hope we can share some with each other.

You might also notice that the blog template itself is going through some changes. I’m not sure if I’ve found one I’ll stick with yet, but with the new look of my website, I felt I needed something new.

As we go forth, I hope to inspire and be inspired. Welcome back to Mrs. Write Right, Word Therapist!

Cheers,
Julia

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