I think John is right, mistakes are forgiveable but celebrating ignorance is dangerous and creates a race to the bottom. That's what happens when you value celebrity over striving to be a better, if still imperfect communicator.
.....talking of imperfect communicators it time for me to do a little less procrastination and more writing, my novel's calling me.
#grammar #grammarnazi #language #celebrity #amwriting
'Pedant', in the original French meaning, already contains some element of competitive fault-finding; I'm going to point out your mistakes in order to make myself look clever in comparison. What they overlook is that splitting an infinitive in a Facebook status really does not matter.
On the other hand, anyone arguing that it's all about communication, the 'as long as people understand me, then it's fine' argument, is also missing the point. Semantic meaning is not the only thing that gets communicated. Your level of education, the number of fucks you give about being judged by others, and your willingness to make an effort to be understood by the other party are also laid bare by your linguistic and paralinguistic choices.
In short, we're judged and evaluated on many levels, and there are many acrolects and basilects in play. Success lies in knowing which one to use, and not being a total arse about the prepositions people finish sentences with.
"Oh," thought my friend, "mixed drinks. Um..." and then aloud, "Rum and Coke, thanks."
Yet, Nestlé is bottling water from at least ten natural springs throughout California, including from some of the most drought-stricken areas of the state, and selling it for profit. In places like Sacramento, it's paying less than $0.14 per gallon. This is bananas.
As California's water supplies dry up, Nestlé continues to make millions selling bottled water. Nestlé's Sacramento water plant is sucking water at a rate of 50 million gallons of water each year from the city's water reserves, and that's just one of the billion dollar company's five bottling plants in California. And Nestlé isn't even following the rules -- a new investigation shows that Nestlé Water's permit to transport water across the San Bernardino National Forest for bottling expired 27 years ago.
Sign the petition to Nestlé: stop taking water from drought-stricken areas.
Monsanto is demanding the World Health Organisation retract their ground-breaking report. And experts say the only way to ensure the science is not silenced is if the public demands action, now.
The regulatory system is renowned for being secretive and captured by the agro-chemical industry. But we have a unique moment right now -- the EU is officially reassessing glyphosate, with similar processes underway in the US, Canada, and Brazil. And the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and El Salvador are all looking at a ban.
The threat is clear -- this poison is used on our food, our fields, our playgrounds, and our streets. Let's get it suspended.
Join the urgent call on the right and tell everyone.
#health #Monsanto #Cancer
All I can say is that I have never felt the need in work, or among friends or family to be anything but honest about who I am. Of course it is much easier for me as I come from a non religious family. Perhaps other British people who are from religious backgrounds have had less positive reactions from their nearest and dearest. Even so, in public life we are much more secular and do not regularly have the imposition of religion on our lives except in church schools (which you choose to go to or not), the house of lords (which will within my lifetime see the removal of religious peers I suspect) and by the Church of England being the religion of the state (but it has very little impact on the freedom of most people to say they are not people of faith).
I'd be interested to hear what your experiences are where you're from - let me know your nation, and whether you were raised in a religious family too - I'd be interested to hear peoples experiences from around the world.
Here are Damien Horner's 7 'Foolproof' design tips:
1.Your cover is about membership, not aesthetics. It doesn’t have to be “interesting” or “beautiful”
2. Sometimes you can stand out with a really freaking beautiful book cover, but these are usually for literary fiction books with mainstream publishing and a big promotion budget; they need to be designed well, and a little artsy, to appeal to the people they are supposed to appeal to. For most popular genre fiction, indie authors attempting to go this route will fail, because it’s really difficult to create a cover so beautiful people want to lick it.
3. Your book cover needs to tell people what it’s about in one second. Flash the cover in front of someone quickly. Can they make out the art? Does it communicate the genre immediately? The book cover isn’t the place to “explain” all the details
4. You need to have a great title and be sure about it before you start the cover design, because book covers have to compensate.
5.Staplines - If you do a brilliant job, you don’t need them. However, almost all the indie authors I know are doing a firmly mediocre job, with not-great book covers and abstract titles that don’t mean anything – and then they also don’t add any small text. Which means – the covers aren’t passing the blink test, at all. In my opinion, almost all self-published books would benefit from putting a strapline, subtitle or at least blurb on the cover that gives more information.
6. Consider your distribution platform, If Amazon/ ebook retailers are your primary sales platform (and they are, unless you are a professional speaker or planning to sell thousands of copies at events) you need to design for Amazon.
7. Hierarchy- You can’t stress everything all at once, and you need to decide what’s most important. If you are a first time author with no platform, it’s probably not your name – because nobody knows who you are. So the title is almost always most important – it will be roughly 100% and fill the width of the cover.
Then, probably is your author name, which can be at about 50%
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