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Hello, Stranger!

I’ve been so busy writing and teaching for LitReactor.com, I have completely neglected my own blog.  Contrary to appearances, I have been busy! I have contributed over 40 articles to LitReactor and even started teaching an online grammar class.

My articles on Grammar, Usage, Vocabulary, Craft, and few other random topics can be found on the site.  My most popular article to date is 10 Words You Literally Didn’t Know You Were Getting Wrong.

I also sponsor a monthly Flash Fiction contest on the site.  The winner of the July contest gets a copy of Chuck Palahniuk‘s new book–which isn’t coming out until October! You have until the 30th to enter, so get on it. Entries have a 25-word limit, so it’s easy to enter.

If you don’t win this month (of if you don’t enter this time), there is a new contest at the beginning of each month, so check back often.

I also teach a semi-regular Basic Grammar class for LitReactor. We just completed the last session in June, but another session is in the works. I’ll let you know. The class covers basic parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, usage, and the differences between style guides. It’s a fast and furious two-week intensive, but it’s cheap and it’s all online. So you can log in from anywhere anytime and be wearing anything (or nothing…I’ll never know!)

Other than that, I’ve been working like crazy. I now work as a technical writer and instructional designer for a Portland engineering firm. It’s very challenging work, and it’s given me a lot of great experience writing for the high-tech and business world. I find that even though the subject is not my area of expertise, the basics of good writing still hold true. It’s good practice–that’s for sure.

I’ve noticed I’ve gained a few new followers in the past few months. I apologize for my lack of content, but please do go check out my articles on LitReactor.com. It’s a great site, and I am proud to be a part of it.

Thanks for reading!


October is Word Nerd Month

The Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oreg...

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Wow, so much Word-nerdiness, so little time. Let me give you an update on all the writing-related things I’ve been up to that have kept me from posting on this blog.

First, I joined the planning team for the Wordstock Festival here in Portland. Once a year, Wordstock puts on a literary extravaganza that rivals any that I’ve been to save the AWP Conference. Hundreds of writers and exhibitors plus a seriously respectable line up of workshops, film showings, and other events during the festival and throughout the year! Wordstock started as an organization that supports teachers with workshops that help them learn new ways to teach writing. There are also workshops for kids and for writers. The festival supports what is Wordstock’s year-round mission to bring better writing education to the people. It’s a fantastic organization and I’m so pleased to be a part of it.

This weekend, I’ll be roaming the tables at the Oregon Convention Center. I even get to introduce Sergio Troncoso and Eduardo Halfon on Saturday evening! To see a full schedule go to: http://schedule.wordstockfestival.com/ Also, follow @wordstockfest for updates and contests!

My other big undertaking is writing for the fledgling writing site www.LitReactor.com. I will be contributing craft articles on par with the blog posts that I wrote here to accompany my classes. So, if you miss Writer’s Cramp, check out my column on LitReactor. These people are real pros, and I’m happy to rub virtual elbows with a seriously impressive list of writers. The site is a spin-off from the Chuck Palahniuk fan site which included sections for writing workshops. LitReactor expands this into a full on, interactive writing community available online to anyone anytime. It’s freakin’ sweet. My first column, about brainstorming for your NaNoWriMo book, will be up next week, so read it, please! Then two other columns—one about writing endings and the other about non-linear narratives—will be up later this month. I’ll post links as soon as they are up. Or you can follow @litreactor on Twitter or on Facebook.

I hope you are writing and getting ready for NaNoWriMo. I sure am. This month will get me totally amped for it, that’s for sure. Happy Writing!