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Missed Opportunities And McDonald’s

Oh, French Fries! I ventured to an actual store last week. And while I was sitting in the customer service line, I noticed a kid standing to my side rambling about something. He was all of 3 years old and was pulling umbrellas out of the impulse buy rack. I

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I love ellipses…

Almost as much as espresso I use ellipses like vanilla syrup in my lattes. Sprinkled here… And there… And sometimes just dumped haphazardly… Because what’s life without a sweet treat? (Nothing but sour-grape-sad coffee. Trust me.) I love ellipses so much I dedicated a whole chapter in my book to

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Sacrifice your writing

Rituals are cool I love rituals. (Not the animal-sacrifice kind.) They soothe my anxiety and boost my confidence much like my pitbulls reduce my nail biting and Pitbull’s songs increase my energy. I have a lot of rituals… My morning routine is a ritual. My bedtime routine is a ritual.

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Conjunction Junction like has a function

Schoolhouse Rock is strong with me today If you’ve read my book (The Grumpy Grammarian’s Guide To Copy Editing For Copywriters), you know I’m not a fan of Valley Girl words in your writing. Totally. Whatever. As if. They make my skin crawl like I have prickly spiders running up

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Perspective and impact

A copy edit tip inspired by a 9 year old Last week, I lamented over taking the perfect picture of my penny tree art. I was so bummed about not getting a great shot that I lost sleep and even considered hiring a professional photographer. Oh, silly Autumn — pictures

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Giving up on Glamour shots

But not on copy editing You know what’s difficult? Creating imaginative penny art AND not capturing the perfect picture. After I was done playing Mother Nature and using hot water to bend apple tree branches, I haphazardly added pennies and other embellishments to create my whimsical art. I was happy

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