The magic of rhetorical devices


When I was in school, I learned about figures of speech. I seem to remember being introduced to seven—or was it eight—figures of speech: simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, understatement… Oh dear. For the most part, we got the idea. It seemed metaphor differed from simile only in the use of the word like. Hyperbole and […]

Female authors hit back at gender bias

2018 - female authors' year

Have female authors been getting the short end of the stick? The gender issue has always been a spark plug waiting to ignite something, and as in just about every other field of enterprise, there are plenty of gender-related explosive somethings waiting to get ignited in the world of literature. Gender bias here seems to […]

Social media etiquette and chain mail

it's "social" media, remember...

Here is a lesson on the importance of taking social media etiquette seriously and not taking social media relationships too seriously. And for all social media users and authors in particular, it is also a lesson on the importance of writing right. A few days back, one of my Facebook friends posted this message: I […]

Book review: Create, Narrate, Punctuate

create narrate punctuate

This is a book review of Create, Narrate, Punctuate: How to Fashion Exquisitely Styled Sentences by Ramy Tadros. I received a review copy of this book from Story Cartel. Other than the review copy, I have not received any consideration whatsoever from Ramy Tadros, Story Cartel or anyone else associated with the writing, publication and […]

Me: Liebster! (smirk, smirk)

the liebster award

A small step for my blog, a giant step for my self-esteem! Author and blogger Christina Keats has passed the Liebster Award on to me. It is a digital smack of appreciation that is passed forward online from blogger awardee to blogger nominee. Thanks a terrabyte, Christina. Liebster means sweetheart in German. I presume the […]

Charming words: even if they are “foreign”

mbuki mvuki

I love writing, but I dislike bombastic. My readers’ focus should be what I am saying and how well I am saying it, but they shouldn’t be consulting Merriam-Webster or Oxford to confirm that I am writing English. That doesn’t mean a writer eschews all words that may have some readers scrambling for their dictionaries. […]

Ha! More resources for authors!


I have written earlier about resources for authors tools, some more tools, yet more tools and even more tools; I try to keep tabs on tools that could be profitably used—by authors most of all—and I now have a new bunch of them for you to consider. I must say something about these posts: not […]

Book review of book on getting book reviews

named truths about getting book reviews

This is a review of the book Naked Truths About Getting Book Reviews by Gisela Hausmann. As the title suggests, Hausmann’s book discusses ways to get book reviews, the best way to handle negative reviews and the benefits of getting a medley of ratings through the whole spectrum: one star to five stars. Every time […]

Ooh—a new, old manuscript!

girls bathing in pond

Eureka! I just found an old manuscript for a novel in my attic. Not just any old manuscript. It was in a trunk my family has owned for a century and a half, give or take a few decades. The trunk belonged to my great4 grandfather, who gained notoriety by becoming the first of the […]

First book review

the self-publisher's ultimate resource guide

This is my first book review on this blog. I have avoided reviews thus far because I have yet to succeed in slotting regular book reading time into my daily schedule. I also suspect I am a bit of a coward: I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. But I have to start somewhere, right? […]