DE BURGH! – Why I Hate Christmas Songs And How We May Have Missed An Important Message From Space Because We Were Watching The Spice Girls
Waitress, There’s A Bloody Awful Novelty Song In My Soup
It’s December. So Christmas is bearing down on us like the uncontrollable rabid animal it undoubtedly is. There are many things I despise about the festive season, but top of the list has to be Christmas songs. Read More…
Full Throttle – What Happed When I Told My Brain Off After It Saw A Controversial Photo
When I first saw this photo of Nigella Lawson being throttled, I was shocked. Not shocked at the picture itself, but shocked at my reaction to the picture. Dismayed at the first gut instinct thoughts on the scene displayed before me. Read More…
Whether writing a 500-word column or 400-paged manuscript, there comes that satisfying moment when you hit the final keystroke. The sound echoes, in slow motion, reverberating through your body and outward, catching anyone within a three-mile radius in its ripple effect.
Outside your window, traffic comes to a stop. Drivers and pedestrians join together, taking time from their day to cheer, applauding so loud and hard their hands turn pink.
Welcome to this week's edition of Ned's Nickel's Worth on Writing, when I draw upon my 15 years as a columnist to offer pearls of wisdom which, much like pearls from an actual oyster, started off as a small irritation before natural mucus secretions created something rare and highly coveted. But don't just take my word for it! Many of today's most prolific authors have referred to my weekly NWOW as: …
Usage And Abusage – Part One : Proactive (The Word, Not The Cholesterol Reducing Margarine)
As words spread out through The Great Unwashed, they have an annoying habit of changing meaning. Perhaps the most dramatic mutation of meaning in recent times is the in the usage of the word “Gay”. Read More…
(Today at Siuslaw News, we are short-staffed and on early deadlines, with many of us suffering the lingering effects of tryptophan and alcohol. The result is an extremely small staff of tired, hungover reporters trying to put out today's edition. Being that I am the tallest and least hungover, I am suddenly an integral part of assuring today's success — which is a stark contrast to the role I normally play in the newsroom.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events – The Strange Problem I Have With Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket is the pen name of Daniel Handler. Mr Handler is the author of a great number of successful children’s books. I have no problem with either the author or his books. Read More…
Bigger On The Inside – Why I’m Really Looking Forward To The New Doctor Who
Fifty years ago tonight, a momentous event in the history of mankind occurred. It went largely unnoticed though, due to John F Kennedy being assassinated the day before. Aldous Huxley and CS Lewis also died that day, but the passing of these great men also went largely unnoticed due to the Presidential assassination. The momentous event I am referring to was, of course, the airing of the first episode of Doctor Who. Read More…
Finally — It's FRIDAY!
No, you can't go home yet.
But neither can I. So let's make the best of it and, since we're all here anyway, get started with this week's edition of Ned's Nickel's Worth on Writing, which is when I offer hot kernels of writing wisdom guaranteed to pop... Or my name isn't Orville Redenbacher!
Welcome to Ned's Nickels Worth on Writing, a weekly feature in which I utilize my 15 years as a columnist to impart writing wisdom that 50 Shades author E.L. James has called "The inspiration for my 'safe' word." Keeping that in mind (...ok, that's enough), this week's NWOW is special because, like a good "safe" word, it could keep you from getting spanked too hard when it comes to formulating a strong ending to your story, column, novel, latest post or current relationship.