8 rules for lending books

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Lending our books out is emotional. We love our books. Part of us worry about our precious books. We wonder if we’ll ever see them again (the books, not our friends). The other part of us is busy trying to give the worrying part of us moral support for the tumult felt deep within our soul, which is also equally torn.

Setting rules for others to borrow our books is easy.  We can half-jokingly say “Lose it or hurt it, and I will hunt you down.

Setting rules for ourselves is harder. I love lending books. I love hearing how much that person enjoyed book that they would otherwise not have read. I love hearing differing opinions and perspectives when they don’t.

I also have rules for myself about lending my books. I set us both up to not sweat the small stuff. Continue reading

Writing Prompt Friday (Doppelgänger)

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Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! This week’s prompt is inspired by a traffic jam that left me sitting in my vehicle with time to spend contemplating the mysteries of life. After deciding that I couldn’t solve the mysteries of life, I watched nearby birds play in the air currents and let my imagine wander to think about all the things I could have been doing if I wasn’t stuck behind another vehicle.

This is why we use the facilities before we hit the road.

On to this week’s writing prompt. Enjoy! Continue reading

In answer to “No one reads anymore”

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No one reads anymore.

No writer likes hearing that. I’ll be blunt: that statement is offensive and devalues what we do for a living and who we are as humans.

It’s also inaccurate.

Recently I was in a meet-n-greet meeting with a new colleague. Guess what I heard this person say (to me, a copywriter).

No one reads anymore.

All I could say in response was, “gee…thanks” to alleviate the awkward moment with humor. Everyone laughed, but still…not what I, the copywriter, want to hear, especially from a new colleague with whom I’d be working to, well, write stuff.

So, how can we respond? First, let’s understand the misconception. Because empathy is a good place. And because I wanted to know what’s behind the massive misapprehension and did lots of research I’m not about to waste.

I will, however, insert cat memes where appropriate because there’s actual research in this post and while I find it fascinating, cat memes are universal.

Let’s start by looking at it from some obvious angle in that most people equate reading with books. I’ll examine this issue from a copywriting perspective in my next post on the topic.

For now, this one favors all you creative writers out there.

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Writing Prompt Friday (cabbages)

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Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! Last week, I was cabbaged. At work. It was pure retaliation; after all, I started it. And I regret nothing.

Hang on; let me clarify.

To cabbage someone is to gift them with a cabbage against their will. Hide the cabbage in their belongings, place it lovingly on their desk, mail it to them in the post, whatever transfers ownership of said cabbage (or as many cabbages as you want) to the other person.

I got this prank from, where else, YouTube. Specifically, the BBC game show Would I Lie to You, this one with James Acaster’s archenemy. (It’s hilarious. Bookmark it to watch on bad days.)

Our office cabbage is still making the rounds. I’ve gifted it to our newbie. This poor cabbage now two weeks old and still hanging strong. Not bad for a $1.45 investment.

Now, on to this week’s writing prompt… Continue reading

Writing Prompt Friday (Love Story)

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Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! It’s been a four-day work week, but it’s also been so busy it’s felt like a ten-day work week. These are the types of weeks that make the brain work fast and furious. So, of course, it wanders from time to time to take a break.

This week’s writing prompt is brought to you by one of those brain wanderings… Continue reading