Learn how to decipher Russian names in films or literature.

How to Decipher Russian Names

I’m currently on a Russian literature kick—I finished Crime and Punishment this weekend and just started War and Peace via audiobook. There’s so much about classic Russian literature I love, but the names drive me crazy. Each character seems to have  five different names, and the narrator changes which name he uses depending on the situation. Multiply this by 30+ characters in each novel, and you’ve got … Continue reading How to Decipher Russian Names

Spreading the Platform: Medium.com

I’m starting to blog on a new platform: Medium.com! This came about because I recently sat down with the new marketing director at my magazine company, and he gave me some pointers for my own personal brand. One of them was to split my blog time between my own website (here) and Medium, which provides access to ready-made readers. So I’ll still continue to post … Continue reading Spreading the Platform: Medium.com

World building: introducing a new world

World Building: How to Bring a Reader Down the Rabbit Hole

I both read and write fantasy fiction, and one of the aspects I love the most about the genre is the world-building. The author gets to create his or her own world—come up with everything from biology and astronomy to scientific laws and the government system. There are a few different ways to introduce a new world to the reader, and the method often determines … Continue reading World Building: How to Bring a Reader Down the Rabbit Hole

5 Grammar Mistakes to Never Make Again

5 Grammar Mistakes You Should Never Make Again

I make a living writing and editing words—so naturally, I care about grammar. Why does it matter? You want your writing to look professional, whether you’re turning in an academic paper, a resume, a legal report or an email to your boss. Grammar mistakes reflect poorly on you. So here are five common mistakes that make me grimace, and how you can correct them. 1. I … Continue reading 5 Grammar Mistakes You Should Never Make Again