The Invasion of the Ampersand & Other Naughty Punctuation

Everyone who knows me knows I have quite a few pet peeves, but two writing related peeves really stand out - the overuse of ampersands & quotation marks for no reason. The problem is that there is a huge invasion of text message/Twitter speak in everyday communication, and it drives me batty. And for some … Continue reading The Invasion of the Ampersand & Other Naughty Punctuation

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What’s Up with That Rag of a Newsletter?

I just received a newsletter from a company that makes social apps for Facebook. I'm not going to name names, but it was a rag. The content was so-so, but it was full of terrible grammar and the misused punctuation we writers loath. Plus, they poured on the jargon. Here's my review. The headline made … Continue reading What’s Up with That Rag of a Newsletter?

Why Writers Matter

Writers can help you change minds. In this case, a writer changed society's view of a man in need.  Now, that's always communicating brilliantly.

Confusing Crisis Communication – Kicking a Field Goal a Second Too Late

My alma mater is undergoing a crisis - in communication. We've been without an on-field mascot since I left the campus of Ole Miss in 2003. The administration started with proposing an updated version of Colonel Reb - which failed miserably with students, staff and alumni. The administration then decided we would not have an … Continue reading Confusing Crisis Communication – Kicking a Field Goal a Second Too Late