To comma, or not to comma

LOTR CommaOh, Boromir. My poor, doomed-to-die fantasy hero. Yeah, one does. And by the way, you forgot a period at the end of your sentence.

Even non-writers are non-shy about expressing their opinion over comma placement. But nothing is quite so galvanizing as the dear old Oxford comma. Now, before I make a whole lotta friends, let’s make sure we’re all talking about the same comma.

Ox·ford com·ma

noun

a comma used after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’ (e.g. an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect).

— Google search results

When you go straight to the source, the Oxford Dictionary defines it as: “A comma used after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’ (e.g. an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect). Also called Oxford comma.” It also states that it’s “an optional comma before the word ‘and’ at the end of a list”.

Alright, now that we’re on the same metaphorical (and digital) page, I’m going to be honest—and brace myself for a wave of unfollows.

I don’t typically use the Oxford comma.

Before you start throwing veggies at your screen, hear me out. I’m writing from the perspective of a digital copywriter.

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Instant Self-care for Writers

Self-care matters, even to LOLcats

Self-care is all the rage these days.  And there’s no shortage of tips and tricks about super-awesome strategies for creating a super-awesome you and keeping your new super-awesome you running like new. And those are all grand ideas.

What I sometimes struggle with is that much of it either won’t work for me or isn’t feasible right that moment. Let’s face it, sometimes you need to feel better now. Like right now.

Go for a walk and reconnect with nature? I live in Seattle. The weather doesn’t always invite you outside. Go to the spa? Yeah, I’ll just tell my boss that I’m leaving work in the middle of the day for a massage. He’s awesome, truly, but no. Just, no.

So, I’ve come up with my own list of instant self-care tips for those of us who need immediate assistance.

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Writerly Quotes #1

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If you’ve been around since I first started Rubber Ducky Copywriter, you’ll know that I collect quotes. I used to start every blog post with a quote. I have a page of quotes here on this blog.

Quotes are snippets of wisdom from people who, I think, have achieved more than I. Insight in a few words. Perspective in 30 seconds or less. More than that, quotes are a way of stepping outside of our own minds and into someone else’s, even if it’s just for a moment. A new way of looking at things.

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Happy Holidays and New Year wishes

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I was looking through some of my Write Quotes this morning and found this:

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.
– Author Unknown

It’s a nice thought to keep in mind.

Now, I don’t know about you, but 2016 has left me dazed, confused and downright exhausted. For many of us, this year has been a haul. A heavy slog through the mud to the finish line. I, for one, am glad it’s almost over.

If you feel the same, I congratulate you on getting through. If your 2016 rocked, I’m sincerely happy for you. If you’re ‘meh’ about the whole thing, pass the wine; I’ll join you.

With the holidays here and 2017 fast approaching, I wish for all of us a better and brighter year filled with joy and creative burst upon creative burst.

May your writing flow like an untamed river.

May your soul be filled to overflowing.

May your muse show up to work when you need her.

May you remember to enjoy life away from the blank page.

May you find your way around those aggravating writer’s blocks.

May your ink pens always have ink.

May your laptops always have power.

May you be kind to yourself when you struggle.

May you congratulate yourself when you succeed.

May you get closer to being the writer you want to be.

This is my last post for this year. I’ve been traveling for the past three weeks and am still too jet-lagged to think bloggingly (totally making that up but I’m running with the proverbial wolves here). See you in 2017.

Happy holidays from your plucky rubber ducky.

Why I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo—again

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Let me start by making something clear—in no way am I against National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) itself. As with any gargantuan goal, I see  value in it.

Setting goals. Applying butt to chair and getting the job done. Pushing yourself to finish. Building your writing muscles. The feeling of accomplishment at just having the novel written. The bragging rights alone can give you warm fuzzy feelings.

However, NaNoWriMo isn’t for everyone.

  • If doing NaNoWriMo doesn’t work for you, don’t do it.
  • There are reasons to do it and reasons not to do it.
  • Either way is fine.

NaNoWriMo is not for me.

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