Last Word, Miscellany

Little Red Writer – 1


One day, Little Red Writer decided to write poetry. Now, poetry is very hard to do. Little Red Writer was little and unschooled. He had some words in his bag and he wanted to show his words to his granny, Facebook. Little Red Writer knew that poetry has rules. These are to be followed and sometimes broken.… Continue reading Little Red Writer – 1

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Humour, Last Word, Miscellany

Shameless Flamboyance!


I didn't see it coming. It was all coming along so well. It came as a bit of shock actually. But let me back track a bit and provide some backing track to the song of my life over the  past few months. I used to write this blog fairly regularly. When I first started… Continue reading Shameless Flamboyance!

Last Word, Memoirs

Alice doesn’t wear drawers, anymore


It's funny how words have more than one meaning. It's funny how that one fact can give rise to some very funny situations. Here is one I remember from an earlier time. Regular readers will remember that once upon a time I was a young man living in Calcutta. This is a story about a… Continue reading Alice doesn’t wear drawers, anymore

Last Word, Memoirs

The Traveling IT guy and …


Once upon a time there lived an IT guy. He was young, some say he was good-looking. He loved and was loved by a young IT gal. They loved in a small flat on the ground floor of a quiet neighborhood of Calcutta. He was not quite tall and not really of medium height, but… Continue reading The Traveling IT guy and …

Last Word, Writing

How To Write a Novel


In this, for the first time ever, I shall attempt to write a serious post. Come along for the ride, as we explore the process of writing a novel. I have never taken a creative writing class or literature appreciation classes. This guide, therefore, is perfect for the lay author, written as it is by… Continue reading How To Write a Novel

Last Word, Miscellany

The Big O and I


The Big O. It's probably the most used and most misunderstood term. It's not just misunderstood, it is one of the leading causes of misunderstandings. At the very outset, I must confess that I have so far failed to fully comprehend the nuances of the O and it's usage. O is best understood by a… Continue reading The Big O and I

Last Word, Writing

HOW TO WRITE GOOD


I love it – this post learned me everything I must do to write rightly!

Kenneth Harper Finton

by Frank L. Visco

My several years6f9b0bd7-adc8-463c-8f16-0bf9bc250395 in the word  game have learnt me several rules:

  1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are  not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid cliche like the plague. (They’re old  hat.)
  4. Employ the vernacular.
  5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  7. It is wrong to ever split  an infinitive.
  8. Contractions aren’t necessary.
  9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  10. One should never generalize.
  11. Eliminate quotations. As  Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
  12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  13. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s.highly superfluous.
  14. Profanity sucks.
  15. Be more or less specific.
  16. Understatement is·always best
  17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  20. The passive voice is to be avoided
  21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid…

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Miscellany, Slo-Man

about integrity


"Disgraced integrity czar walks away with $ 500,000".   The headline troubled the Slo-Man at multiple levels. Firstly, the use of the term "czar" to imply a senior-most position. The media is tempted to use this indiscriminately, with seemingly no regard to the history behind the term. Is the position really as autocratic as the… Continue reading about integrity

Miscellany, Slo-Man

The Obsolescence of phrases and the “t-Shirt bra”


The English language evolves continuously, words change their meanings almost from generation to generation. “Sick” used to mean unwell, ill, under the weather. For anyone over the age of 20 it still does. Fro a modern generation it is akin to "fantastic". Somewhere, somehow, subtly sentences sustained a serious setback in their construction.Parsing, clause analyses… Continue reading The Obsolescence of phrases and the “t-Shirt bra”