Friday, January 29, 2016

Exercise Your Words Carefully

Words matter, don't you think? 
Writing is an art that can be difficult, depending on what you are writing about & who you are writing for. Reading can be difficult, depending on how much the reader gets out of the writing and how much the writer actually put into the writing. But at the end of the day, words are what tells the stories of our lives. 
So it got me thinking. Just how much do words really matter?
Let's try something. Read these sentences and concentrate on the emotions you feel as you move from word to word. 
1. The hot fudge quickly melted the ice cream into a thick, rich chocolate milk slush. 2. Feel your ribcage melt into your spine and your sitting bones melt into your mat.3. Getting rid of sugar in her diet, she sat back and watched the pounds melt away. 4. She melted into his arms in a warm embrace. 5. Your puppy dog eyes melt my heart. 

Now consider a similar word that has an almost similar meaning.
That's a pretty gross word. Most rational people will agree, don't you think?

Some lovely irrational yet politically poetic literary wonders seem to agree on the importance of words in our world. Here are just three of my favorite things to keep in mind when writing, reading and living.

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels. ~ John Calvin

Be obscure clearly. ~ E.B. White

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. ~ Mark Twain

Be careful. Be creative. Be conscience of others.
Clear. Concise. Compelling. 
Know your audience. Trust your audience. Trust yourself. 
What other writing advice do you follow?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A New Adventure

So, there is this one job...

And with that, we were off. 

We packed our house; sent a ton of shit to long term storage and even more crap collected over lifetimes of overindulgence to donation centers. Sweaters, coats, extra handbags, boots, books, toys, games, clothes, clothes and more clothes? All gone. 

Our material world has been replaced with sand, wind, salty air, new places and faces, new creatures, a new school, a new job, driving on the wrong side of the road and using technology to stay in touch with loved ones left behind on the other side of the planet. 

We relocated from Chicago to Brisbane in the blink of an eye. 

It's been more than a month, but yesterday I forgot my iPhone at home and ended up discovering something amazing. 

We moved to Australia. We really did. 

I would show you proof, I really would. But I left my phone at home.