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While my blood pressure has been known to incline at an alarming rate following displays of pure ignorance in the basics of language usage, I am imperfect and therefore guilty myself of making grammatical and spelling errors. So perhaps in acknowledging that it's really not important to sweat the small stuff when it comes to such linguistic errors of my mother tongue I can focus on what really matters. I should be concerned about the flagrant disregard of spelling and grammatical rules that inhibit the ability to communicate clearly.

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  
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We use different words and grammar in different contexts.  It's mostly a question of formality and register, although there are other concerns as well.  Anyone who doesn't acknowledge this, from either side of the argument, is a twonk.

'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.
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A friend of mine was on his first day working for Pepsi. His boss took him and another guy out to lunch, and ordered a gin and tonic.
"Oh," thought my friend, "mixed drinks. Um..." and then aloud, "Rum and Coke, thanks."
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According to NASA's new report, California only has enough water to get it through the next year. People are under strict water-saving measures; farmers are struggling to keep their crops alive.

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.
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Not included +V C Willow - let me find the reference. All of the sources you listed are far more significant. Ag is a big one. 
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Top scientists warn the most commonly used herbicide in the world probably causes cancer! 

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  
Top scientists just warned Monsanto's herbicide probably causes cancer. It's the most widely used weed killer in the world! But unless we demand regulators suspend the poison and protect our health, Monsanto could silence the science. Join the urgent call and tell everyone.
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I'm not sure if this is a unique problem for countries of faith but it's certainly not been my experience here in the UK. Perhaps 70 years ago atheists would have faced a similar reaction but I am open about my atheism and have not experienced discrimination because of it, neither have any of my friends or colleagues. Except that is within the Pagan community where I have been chucked out of three - or is it two I forget - groups because I was told that a 'real' Pagan could not be an atheist. The truth of the matter is that in England we are a more secular nation and therefore it is easier and more acceptable for people to have open, honest and frank conversations about being a person without faith. I do find it interesting that the only problems I have found is within my own 'community' which is itself a minority community. 

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.

#atheism   #religion  
I wish this was a bit more comprehensive, but it's great to see a fair discussion on a mainstream media outlet. +Mo Rocca did an a very good job with this. 
Fifty-three percent of Americans say they'd be less likely to support an atheist for president, and almost half say they'd be unhappy if a family member married an atheist. Mo Rocca reports on the many consequences that those who come out as non-believers suffer in a nation founded on religious tolerance.
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It's time to disrobe from my lazy (wo)man's apology, get my diploma revision completed and get on with some writing.

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English Buskers stick it to the man. 

On point and pretty funny. Give it a listen it really is well worth it for the lyrics.

#occupy   #occupythehighstreet  
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Sure they can take the heat. I have little to no sympathy for national companies who reap the benefits of the system at the cost to us. However I've not heard that BHS has engaged in any exploitive behaviour in which case it's a little unfair. 
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This.  Modern feminism is about creating gender equality and tackling gender issues that affect both men and women. We all need #feminism  
*Feminism = Equality for all. Because it's 2015 and people still don't know that.

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Covers (Blurbs, Marketing Text, Design, Art)  - 
I agree with literally none of these ideas about cover art. Maybe I'm being naive but it seems to me this advice boils down to 'be like everyone else' and 'dumb down your cover art' to the lowest most common denominator. I really hate this kind of advice that treats audiences like their stupid or incapable of dealing with anything outside of the mainframe. But what do you think?

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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7 foolproof design tips for book covers: @creativindie(from +Derek Murphy ): 
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Most people probably spend all of 30 seconds looking at a cover on Amazon before moving on to other things. So a good cover has to achieve a lot of things very fast. Which is one of the reasons being too original can hurt.
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Under half an hour until Aidan Turner appears for another weekly episode of Poldark.

Really enjoying the series and the view aint half bad either......I meant the scenery.....honestly you lot are filthy!

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V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties.

She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY.

V.C  live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel Beyond the Mist, which will be released in December 2013.

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