Paperback version of A Tapestry of Tales Anthology, is available on Amazon

Dear Reader, At last, the paperback version of my anthology, A Tapestry of Tales, is available for purchase on Amazon. It contains eight of my short stories and two poems that have been previously published for Kindle as individual ebooks. I’m confident that this printed version will enhance anyone’s physical bookshelf and the contents provide hours of pleasure for all ages over the coming years. Below is the US link: A Tapestry of Tales *** And here’s the UK link: A Tapestry of […]

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12 Comma Rules for the Comma Obsessed

https://www.scribendi.com/advice/comma_rules_for_the_comma_obsessed.en.html See if you can figure out the following riddle: When you really need one, they’re nowhere to be found, but they pop up when they’re not needed or wanted all the time. No, it’s not the in-laws. The answer is commas! (The title gave it away; there’s no need to insult your mother-in-law.) Commas can be a little mischievous, it’s true. Because commas have many different uses, and those uses can differ from style guide to style guide, comma rules can be […]

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Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes You Missed Even After Proofreading

https://www.scribendi.com/advice/common_grammar_and_spelling_mistakes_after_proofreading.en.html Written by Chandra Clarke Grammar involves using words correctly to construct both written and spoken sentences. The words chosen and how they are put together will communicate thoughts and information, so it’s vital to use them right. When writing sentences, it’s also important to use correct punctuation to ensure that the written words convey their intended meanings. Improper punctuation can cause sentences to run together or not be complete. Proofreading involves reading written text to find and correct mistakes. Some mistakes can be […]

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Writing Resources: A Guide to Writing Basics

https://www.scribendi.com/advice/guide_to_writing_basics.en.html Written by Chandra Clarke In the modern world, communication occurs in many different ways. People communicate through speech and in writing, both on paper and online. While each of these forms has specific uses, one of the most important means of communication in the personal, educational, and business worlds is the written word. To be successful, you must be able to translate your thoughts and ideas into words that others can easily understand, which is why it’s important to have a firm […]

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Close Reading Strategies to Help You Dig into a Text

https://www.scribendi.com/advice/close_reading_strategies.en.html To really dig into a text, you can’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. It’s true that close reading requires a lot of digging, and digging into a well-written text can yield great treasures. It’s a lot of work, sure, but there’s nothing quite so satisfying. I’m not talking about brushing the surface of the soil with a plastic shovel; I’m talking about the kind of close reading strategies that get dirt under your fingernails and have you flinging fistfuls of […]

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30 Quirky Collective Nouns for Animals

https://www.scribendi.com/advice/quirky_collective_nouns_for_animals.en.html Since the earliest instances of visual communication, humans have demonstrated a fascination with animals. Depictions of horses, bison, aurochs, and deer adorn the walls of prehistoric caves. Egyptian hieroglyphs used vultures, bulls, cats, cobras, crocodiles, and elephants to represent syllables and concepts. Today, animals continue to be cherished in various forms of creative expression, such as the magical guardian Patronus charm of Harry Potter and the anthropomorphic warriors of Brian Jacques’ Redwall series. Using fanciful and creative collective nouns is another way […]

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Forget Colonization. The UAE Plans to Build a City on Mars by 2117

The US, Russia, China, India, the EU, and even private companies are in a race to colonize Mars. There are lots of technical things to work out, from food supply to protection from solar radiation. Though few smaller countries have jumped into the Mars race thus far, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is looking far beyond planting a flag or a few threadbare shelters. Their motto seems to be, go big or go home. The country recently released its plan to build a […]

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