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Cats spell better than 90%* of Americans

Whenever I read something that has excessive commas (or hyphens or ellipses) or just bad grammar I think of this post from Hyperbole and a Half and I laugh instead of reaching for a red pen – The Alot. I wish all grammar mistakes were so cute and cuddly.

    Allie Brosh

I also think of the Alot when I see LOLCat-style spelling.  I know, I know. The LOLCat is a super craze and grown adults world wide have embraced ebonics. But I think of cats as being really good spellers. In fact, I believe that cats are even more anal retentive about punctuation than I am, so how could they ever spell like that? It’s slanderous. I believe that TS Elliot should haunt the icanhazcheezburger site and everyone who contributes to it. Cats are cute and no denying, but seriously people. They can totally spell. And they can do it without spellcheck. How many of us can say that?

Maybe that explains it – we’re jealous of the superior writing prowess of cats and so we, as a nation, are trying to bring them down.


I would like to dedicate this post to my late cats (I traded them for babies), one of which          would have punched me in the face if he ever caught me using such atrocious spelling.            Literally. He was a really mean cat.

Not this one. She would have just pooped on something. But can’t you just feel the                      indignant power of that stare? She knows how to rock a semi-colon and she’ll make sure        you know, too. Who needs a red pen when you have poop?





* That figure is completely reliable. No really, It’s from Wikipedia**.

** I made that up. Sorry. On an unrelated note, I went to a talk about research this week and the speaker actually said that Wikipedia is the best research tool ever. Really? Huh.


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Wow, people I don’t know actually read my blog…

How cool is that?

So I got a cute award from fellow Bransforum-er (-ist? -ista?) Charlee Vale. And I really appreciate it! In response, I would like to recognize the following blogs that I also enjoy. The trick is that they have to have less than 200 followers – I have 2. And one of them is my Mother-in-Law (Hi Gael!).

Anyway, The Liebster Blog award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, so time to spread the love! Naturally, the rules…

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 3 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all – have bloggity-blog fun!

Impudent Hatchlings by Hillary Jaques. I just found this blog and it is super funny. And I probably wouldn’t have found it if I hadn’t been following all the links generated by this award. So good job award-instigator!

Maybe Genius by SE Sinkhorn. I noticed she’s already gotten some of these, but I don’t care. I really like her blog. She’s insightful and SPECIFIC in her advice and I find that so, so useful.

Tell Great Stories by Sommer Leigh. She’s been talking a lot about art lately and I dig that. I had a writing professor in college who had us do literary analysis of art and I’ve never quite gotten over it. It actually sparked my interest in medieval illumination, which is now a (mostly useless) skill of mine. Art is my hero for physical metaphors.

After Troy by Hektor Karl. I know, I know. Everyone loves him and he’s already gotten a ton of these I’m sure. But I don’t care. He sounds all science-y and smart and I absolutely cannot resist that. Geek pride!

I have 4 – so sue me. I have several other favorites, but they all exceed the follower limit for this award. Bummer. Anyway, thanks to this award I spent a lot of yesterday following links and not working on my re-write (or baking cookies for my daughter’s preschool class). Whoops 🙂


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13 Books Worth of Plot Arcs

Jim Butcher is good. I mean, how can you make a plot arc last 13 books? I know, I know, it’s not all the same plot arc but still.

I finished the last installment of the Dresden Files last week (my kids ate pizza for dinner and I ignored them for 6 hours straight on the day that Amazon delivered Ghost Story to my door – thank you, Dad, for making me read so much as a kid so I could read so fast as an adult!) and one of the things I really appreciated is how many characters and plot elements he resurected from past books. He does this in every book, but some of the cameos in Ghost Story were really unexpected (Demonreach? Really?).

I’ve always been mystified by how Butcher manages to keep so many subplots afloat in his novels. And they all come together at the last minute and I rarely feel like it’s contrived or gimmicky. And it’s just really impressive. So imagine my delight when a random google search led me to a series of articles he put up on LiveJournal a few years ago about his writing process! Super interesting. Read them – no, really.

Jim’s LiveJournal

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