(UPDATED) Lift a Blogger's Post? But Honestly, Cook's Source, You Can't Do That

In yet another case of misunderstanding blogging, Cook's Source magazine reprinted a blogger's piece without her permission. But wait! It gets better! When the author of the piece inquired about it, she was told by the editor that everything on the Internet is free domain. And! The author's piece was in need of so much editing, the author should compensate her for a job well done. I'll wait while you stop boggling. Done now? I'm not. ...more

I, too, have recapped the Cook's Source story, but I decided I needed to take some action as ... more

When Bloggers Stop Blogging: Break or Break Up?

Have you noticed the disappearing bloggers phenomenon? They start off all eager, posting and commenting and following. Then (the writers especially) start complaining about how much time blogging takes. There’s often a post to strategize how to best utilize their time. For some, school gets in the way. Then there are those who take off for a couple of months or the summer or to work on a WIP. And never come back. ...more

My answer is pretty simple: I posted infrequently for quite a while because I was overwhelmed ... more

How to Write (Better): Attack Passive Verbs Like Bears on a Rodeo Clown

Considering the other verb queries that came my way recently, I choose to interpret this to mean the universe is sending me a message; I need to go to war against the misdefining of passive voice as a combo of "was" with any INGly verbages, lest I be haunted by this question nigh unto madness. ...more

Great post. I, too, am a former English major, and I teach food writers to write more ... more

How to Write (Better): Attack Passive Verbs Like Bears on a Rodeo Clown

Considering the other verb queries that came my way recently, I choose to interpret this to mean the universe is sending me a message; I need to go to war against the misdefining of passive voice as a combo of "was" with any INGly verbages, lest I be haunted by this question nigh unto madness. ...more

Great post. I, too, am a former English major, and I teach food writers to write more ... more