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"Nothing helps scenery like ham and eggs."
_- Mark Twain
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Did u no?
33% of U.S. employees fail at writing. Whether
it's an e-mail memo or a complex report, fully
1/3 of the U.S. workforce does NOT
meet the
minimum writing requirements 4 their jobs ac-
cording 2 a College Board's National Commis-
sion survey on writing. The survey was done
with 64 companies across 6 industries repre-
senting 4,000,000 employees: mining, con-
struction, manufacturing, transportation, util-
ities, services, finance, insurance, + real estate.

Did u no?
The major writing problems 4 them r accuracy,
clarity, spelling, punctuation, grammar, + con-
ciseness. Susan Traiman, director of the edu-
cation initiative for the Business Roundtable,
says: "There's no way to say that writing has
gotten worse: the demand has gotten greater."

Tip: improving your writing skills (stringing

verbs, nouns, + adjectives together 2
make a sense) will payoff because more
than 1/2 the companies surveyed said
they do assess writing skills when they
____make hiring + promotion decisions.

"Every writer approaches the day's work in different ways:
_I have always needed space and silence to "pull inside myself"
_before I pick up the pen. (Yes, I still write with pen and real ink.)
_This "pulling inside" may take an hour or a morning, I know it's
_happening while I'm dripping coffee through a hand-filter; I know
_that in some unforced way, I am readying myself to face the empty
_page not as easy as one might believe."
Frances Itani


"If they give you ruled paper,
write the other way."
_- E. E. Cummings

Tips on getting organized...


"As a rule, men worry more about what

they caN'T see than about what they can."
_- Julius Caesar

Tip: CENSORSHIP occurs when someone
NOT allowed 2 voice an opinion.


"Every man a king!"
_- Huey Long, Governor of Louisiana, 1928

"Imagination is more important than knowledge.
_Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles
_the world."

_- Albert Einstein

"There are no beginnings, NOT even to stories.
_There are
only places where you make an en-
_trance into someone
else's life and either stay
_or turn and go away."

_- Timothy Findley, Canadian writer


National Institute on Literacy

"Reading is the means by which the world does
_a large part of its work ... .
The slightest improve-
_ment either in the page or in the method of rea-
means a great service to the human race."
_- E. B. Huey, 1908 - 1968

Did u no?
The pop culture comic book super heroes like
flying Superman draw on the legendary heroes
of Greek + Roman mythology possessing great
strength like Hercules, having flying horses like
Bellerophon's Pegasus, even flying themselves
like Hermes with his winged sandals.

Reading motivation program 4 grades K-8 (FREE)

An International Art + Poetry Program 4 Youth


Did u no?
According 2 a 2003 Harris Poll the #1 leisure
activity is reading 26% of the time, followed
by watching television 15% of the time --
a whopping 35% drop from just 2 years ago.

U.S. Public Libraries

American Library Association

The Public's Library + Digital Archive

The Universal Library

A lending library - online (FREE)

The Internet Public Library

Serving 43,500+ libraries in 86 countries - multilingual
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"Books are good enough in their own way,
_but they are a mighty bloodless substitute
_for life."
_- Robert Louis Stevenson


Did u no?
The word "archetype" ('r-keh-type) is an impor-
tant notion in litterature: it refers 2 an original
model, form, or pattern that is easy recognized.
(4 example, the archetypical villain wears black
+ comes on2 the stage from the left while the
archetypical hero wears white + enters the stage
from the right.)


The Classics

Book club services (FREE)

Leaf through old books at the British Library


"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of
_evidence we have that people are still
_- Jerry Seinfeld


Did u no?
The term "blockbuster" was first used during
World War II by Allied soldiers 2 describe a
bomb capable of leveling an entire city block.
After the war the term became used 4 any-
thing that caused a "major social impact"
like "highly successful" movies + books.

Largest online marketplace
where used/rare/out-of-print
books r bought + sold

_They say the early bird may get the worm,
_but remember it's the second mouse who
_gets the cheese.

_"From the moment I picked your book up
_until I laid it down I was convulsed with
_laughter. Someday I intend reading it."
_- Groucho Marx

Downloadable "joke" book (FREE)

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
_Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
_- Groucho Marx

"Even if you're on the right track,
_you'll get run over
_if you just sit there."
_- Anonymous


Interested in songwriting?


"I have received memos so swollen with
_managerial babble that they struck me
_as the literary equivalent of assault
_with a deadly weapon."
_- Peter Baida


Time management newsletter

"Managing Your Time" - article

Time-saving tips

Send timed e-mails +
e-mail reminders 2 yourself (FREE)


Tip: 4 "cutting PC text", highlight it 1st; press
____together the <Ctrl> + <X> keys.

Tip: 4 "copying PC text", highlight it 1st; press
____together the <Ctrl> + <C> keys.

Tip: 4 "pasting PC text", place the cursor pointer
____where text is 2b inserted; press together the
+ <V> keys.

Tip: 4 "undoing" the "previous" PC operation,
____press together the <Ctrl> + <Z> keys.


Did u no?
Simplyly reading an e-mail in ".htm (Web page)
(NOT plain text format) can unleash a
JavaSript-based virus.

Tip: use strong anti-virus software 2 scan your
____hard drive, downloads, CDs, and ALL e-mail
____4 viral infection - preferably 2 anti-virus pro-

Did u no?
The Active X errors found in Web (.htm) e-mails
r actually viruses attacking your computer sys-
tem, but failing. The solution is 2 ask those sen-
ding u e-mail 2 use "plain text format".

Tip: make frequent backups that r stored in a
____safe away from your computer.

"Script Sentry": e-mail protection
against "malicious" scripts (131KB) (FREE)


Store + share files - online

File + data storage - online

Yahoo! Briefcase: file + data storage - online (FREE)


"It's all about people,
NOT the technology.
_We made the Web to use the Web,
_to get other people to use the Web and
_to get things done ... and enable us to do all
_that we on this planet can accomplish."
_- Tim Berners-Lee, Hypertext Transport Protocol
_________________inventor W3C director, + WWW
_________________10th Anniversary Meeting Speaker

Secure Password Generator - online (FREE)

Your own office - online

Postal codes - worldwide

Working together via eRoom (FREE for 21 days)

"Browser Buddy": key-word, text-selection
highlighter with "text magnifier"
(Internet Explorer 4+ plug-in) (475KB) (FREE)

"602Pro PC Suite": office suite
(Win95/98/ME/NT/2K/XP/2003) (27.8MB) (FREE)

"Open Office Suite" - multilingual (FREE)
(Note: there is a lot of info available, faq, blogs,
, newsletter, articles + interviews.)
(Win32: 78MB; Linux: 95MB; FreeBSD: 93MB;
SolarisSparc: 100MB; Solarisx: 100MB;
Mac OS X: 118MB)
(Language packs: 13 -16MB)

: an address book utility
with address protection + hotkeys
) (1.5M)

Voice conferencing, PC-phone calls,
video calls! - online (FREE)

Personalized desktop-delivered news (FREE)
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Interactive "bulletin board" screen saver (FREE)


Did u no?
If Acrobat Reader (FREEware) is installed, Web
pages can b printed as "ordinary" pages by clic-
king on File/Print/AcrobatPDFWriter/SavePDFFileas
+ select .PDF as file type. Give it a name. Click
Double click on the NEW .pdf file 2 open it up +
print (or edit).

List of FREE/cheap ISPs
(Internet Service Providers) - worldwide

Information about your browser - online (FREE)


Computers: information + tips

The Language of the Internet

Net guide + tutorial (FREE)

Beginners' Central: a Net primer (FREE)


"Download Accelerator Plus": e-z-2-use
download utility - 400% faster
(FREE) - multilingual
(Win95+/NT4/2K/ME/XP) (6.2MB)
(Note: it integrates with the major browsers.)


"SentThere PRO": an e- mail receipt notification utility (Win95/98/NT/2K/XP) (344KB) (FREE)


Tip: e-mail, file it, or delete it.

Tip: copy only e-mail content 2b filed in2 a

Notepad file + then, delete the e-mail

"Metapad": like Notepad on steroids -
multilingual (FREE)
(80KB) (W9x/NT/XP) (44.4KB)

"Notetab Light": can strip HTML tags
+ format text quickly
(Win95/98/NT/2K/XP) (4MB)
(Note: it is
NOT limited by Notepads 64KB limit.)
Note: it has dictionary add-ons in various
languages + a thesaurus.)

"Rough Draft": multipurpose word processor
(W9x/NT/2K) (1.2M)
it has features specifically designed
4 writers of novels, short stories,
______articles, poetry, plays + screenplays.

"NotePadXP": a multifacete
d replacement
of Windows Notepad 4 Microsoft Office
(Win9x/NT/2K/XP/2003) (1.82MB)

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Tip: block out "unwanted" messages.

Tip: 2 block an e-mail message in Outlook

Express from "a particular" sender,
____click on the message in the inbox;
____click on Message/BlockSender. (2
this, click on Tools/Message
; click on
____e-mail address 2b reinstated; click
____on "Remove"; then, click on "O.K."
____at the bottom.)

Tip: 2 block e-mail messages arising from
____a whole domain, click on any 1 message
____with that domain name in the Blocked
____Senders list; click on "Modify"; in the
____edit box remove the "@" sign + every-
____thing 2 the left of it leaving only the
____domain name; click on O.K.; in Message
____Rules click on O.K. again.

"How 2 Manage the Block Senders
List in Outlook Express"
- article


"Break Reminder" (FREE)
(Win95/98/NT/2K/XP/2003) (2.5MB)


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Consumer online fraud complaints - multilingual


"Our life is frittered away by detail....
_Simplify, Simplify."
_- Henry David Thoreau


Did u no?
Researchers at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat
Gan, Israel, found that women use more pro-
nouns (I, you, she, he, their, myself) because
they write about people + relationships where-
as men like to write about things focusing on
words that identify or determine nouns (a, the,
that) liking 2 use words that quantify those
nouns (1, 2, more): in short, men categorize
+ women personalize. This give rise 2 an

"informational style"
by men and an "in-
volved style"
by women.

Need help writing?

Writing help

Successful writing -
biweekly ezine

Did u no?
On the 1 hand, the speaker or writer
, while on the other hand,
the listener or reader "infers".

"It is better to deserve honors
and NOT have them
_than to have them
NOT deserve them."
_- Mark Twain


Did u no?
Writing is 1 of the best forms
of "advertising" as u can use
the by-line 2 promote yourself
+ your business.

"Write 4 Publicity"
- article


"I doN'T wait for moods.
You accomplish nothing
_if you do that. Your mind
_must know it has got
_to get down to work."
_- Pearl Buck


Did u no?
According 2 the Bureau 4 Labor
Statistics there were about 126,000
writers working in the U.S. in 2000.

Self-publishing service - online
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Print-on-demand +
short-run publishing services

Articles/ideas 4 a home-based business

Freelance writing
(Note: they have a FREE

"How to Run Your Own Publishing Bakery or,
Why Baking Print is Better than Baking Cake"
- article

"You will never find time
_for anything. You must
_make it."
_- Charles Buxton, author

Did u no?
4 an article 2b published it "usually"
requires a synopsis (a brief descriptive
paragraph), a word count, + needs 2b
properly formatted (set up visually in
order 2b read easily).

Tip: when sending a script 2 a publisher
____send it as a .txt attachment as it's
____known 2b "virus free".

Tip: write 4 businesses - articles, stories,
____proofreading business material ... .


ISBN Online Bar Code Symbol Generator - (FREE)

ISBNs + database services
4 publishers, libraries, + booksellers

ISBN (International Standard Book Number)


"Keep your friends close,

but keep your enemies closer."
_- Don Corleone, "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo


Fiction writing

National Novel Writing Month - tips +

"Exploring the Different Types of Fiction" - article


Did u no?
Mildred Wirt Benson who died on May 28th 2002
at the age of 96, + who wrote 23 of the 30 original
Nancy Drew mysteries was paid a "flat fee" of
$125 per Nancy Drew book + never collected
royalties from the books, movies, + board
games. She authored over 130 books.

Q: How many mystery writers does it take
___2 screw in a light bulb?
A: Just 1, but it there is a "spectacular twist"
___at the end!

Mystery links

The Short Mystery Fiction Society


"I say that a wastepaper basket
_is a writer's best friend."
_- Isaac Singer.


Nature writing...


"I am a passenger
_on the spaceship Earth."
_- R. Buckminster Fuller


Did u no?
In his book "1984", written in 1948, in which
George Orwell created a totalitarian environ-
ment mirroring Hitler's Germany + Stalin's
Soviet Union, the following ominous phrase
became popularized: "Big Brother is wat-
ching you."

"A good metaphor is something
_even the police should keep an eye on."
_- G. C. Lichtenberg, German physicist


Experimental fiction
u can submit here an experimental
______fiction up to 1000 words in length.)

Did u no?
Kipling wrote a "scientific romance" entitled
"With the Night Mail"
published in 1905. It is
set in the year 2000. It describes an adventure
featuring zeppelins in the 21st Century.

A Role Playing Sourcebook
4 Kipling's Scientific Romances

The Revolution in Science Fiction - a science fiction portal
it features games, comics,
, humor, contests,
+ more. )


"What separates the talented individual from
_the successful one is a lot of hard work."
_- Stephen King, Author

Stephen King's website

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"When an actor comes to me and wants
_to discuss his character, I say,
'It's in the
If he says, 'But what's my moti-
' I say, 'Your salary.'"
_- Alfred Hitchcock

Writing screenplays - newsgroup

Neil Gaiman, inventive graphic novelist,
T.V. script + screenplay writer


"What is written without effort is
_in general read without pleasure."
_- Samuel Johnson


Coffeehouse 4 writers

"Examining the World of the Technical Writer" - article


"I love being a writer.
_What I ca
N'T stand is the paperwork."
_- Peter De Vries, novelist

"An Editor's Guide To Writers" - article

"Arts & Letters Daily" focused on ideas,
criticism, + debate (with links 2 MAJOR
newspapers, news services, news ma-
gazine, journals, + magazines, book
review services, e-zines, search engines,
reference sources, amusements: comics,
crosswords ... )


"Be kind and considerate with your criticism...
_It's just as hard to write a bad book as it
_is to write a good book."
_- Malcom Cowley

"People ask you for criticism,
_but they only want praise."
_- W. Somerset Maugham


Resource center 4 all writers

"Writing Tools" (hyperlinks)

Garbl's Writing Center

Adult literacy services (FREE)
(Note: NOT all services r

11 Rules of Writing
(4 those violating the rules of writing,
_grammar, + punctuation)

"Are You Guilty Of Information Overload?" - article

Exploring English


"Nothing is as real as a dream."
_- Tom Clancy, Author

"A mind that is stretched
_by a new experience
_can never go back
_to its old dimensions."
_- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Did u no?
Nobel Prize winner 4 Literature in 1923 +
famed Irish poet, William Butler Yeats,
joined secret societies with his friends
+ colleagues that were devoted 2 under-
standing the world of magic + the occult.

"What we truly and earnestly aspire to be,
_that in some sense we are. The mere
_aspiration, by changing the frame of
_the mind, for the moment realizes itself."
_- Anna Jameson, Irish Novelist

The Pulitzer Prizes
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Mom Writers

"Writing Tip Archive"

The National Education Writers Association

Carole Moore, humorist, freelance
writer, + columnist

Competitions, writing tips, + other
book writing resources

Trendy e-place 4 thinkers, writers, journalists + ...
their online forums are know as "conferences".)


Publishing news


"I lived in solitude in the country
_and noticed how the monotony
_of quiet life stimulates the cre-
_ative mind."
_- Albert Einstein, physicist


Did u no?
The correct expression is
NOT "hit and miss",
but "hit-or-miss" when speaking about some-
thing that is chancy.

Tip: the adjective "any" + the adverb "ever"
____r "speech intensifiers".

Did u no?
A double negative = a positive
(both in logic + algebra)
Logic: I doN'T have no bicycle. => He has a bicycle.
Algebra: - (-a) = a


"Yesterday, Mr. Hall wrote that the printer's
_proofreader was improving my punctuation
_for me, and I telegraphed orders to have him
_shot without giving him time to pray."
_- Mark Twain (in an 1889 letter to a friend)

Did u no? (Humor)
Santa's helpers "subordinate" clauses.

Fun English Grammar Review
_1. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
_2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
_3. And doN'T start a sentence with a conjunction.
_4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
_5. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat).
_6. Always avoid annoying alliteration.
_7. Be more or less specific.
_8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are
___(usually) unnecessary.
_9. Also, too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
10. No sentence fragments. No comma splices,
___run-ons are bad too.
11. Contractions areN'T helpful and shouldN'T be used.
12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words
___than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. One should never generalize.
15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
16. DoN'T use no double negatives.
17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be ignored.
21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary.
___Parenthetical words however should be
___enclosed in commas.
22. Never use a big word when a diminutive
___one would suffice.
23. Kill all exclamation points!!!!
24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how
___others use them.
25. Understatement is probably not the best
___way to propose earth shattering ideas.
26. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place
___and omit it when its not needed.
27. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
"I hate
___quotations. Tell me what you know."

28. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a
___thousand times: resist hyperbole; not one
___writer in a million can use it correctly.
29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid
31. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should
___be derailed.
32. Who needs rhetorical questions?
33. Exaggeration is a million times worse
___than understatement.
34. Proofread carefully to see if you any
___words out.

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_Humor: "Bad"
_1 evening, I went with my parents 2 a fancy
_restaurant. Dad was about halfway through
_his meal when he took a hard look at the
_potato, called the waitress over and said,
_"This potato is bad!"

_To my utter amazement, the waitress at
_this "5-Star" place, picked thepotato up,
_smacked it, put it back on the plate, then
_told my Dad, "If that potato causes any
_more trouble, just let me know."


_Bad (ambiguous) headline:
_"Woman Improving After Fatal Crash"

_Bad (ambiguous) headline:
_"Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant"

_Bad (ambiguous) headline:
_"Legislator Wants Tougher Death Penalty"

_Bad (ambiguous) headline:
_"Lawyer Says Client is Not That Guilty"


"The great enemy of clear language is
_- George Orwell


_From where? (Humor)
_Texan: "Where are you from?"

_Harvard graduate: "I come from a place where
_we do
NOT end our sentences with prepositions."

_Texan: "OK, where are you from, Jerk?"


Dr. Grammar

"Grammar Slammer!"

Guide 2 Grammar + Style

A proofreading + editing service

"Proper Manuscript Format" - sample

Writing + research tips


_Grammar Humor: Woman...
_An English professor wrote these words
_on the blackboard, directing his students
_to punctuate it correctly. "Woman without
_her man is nothing."

_The men wrote:
_"Woman, without her man, is nothing."

_The women wrote:
_"Woman! Without her, man is nothing."


_Humorous Question
_How do you get off a non-stop flight?


_Single word (with prefix "a-") = a "word pair"
_"aboard" = "on board";
_"abed" = "in bed";
_"atop" = "on top of";
_"amid" = "in the midst of".


"When Christina Aguilera was being inter-
_viewed just before the Grammy’s, she said:
_"I am accustomed to all the ‘hecticity’ of
_these events."
In a related story, it turns
_out that Aguilera is the main speech writer
_for George W. Bush."
_- Conan O'Brien
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_Humor: What 2 say
_Use "would you" or "will you"
_instead of "you'd better" or
_"do as I say and no one will get hurt".


"This is
NOT a novel to be tossed aside lightly.
_It should be thrown with great force."
_- Dorothy Parker

"The paperback is very interesting
_but I find it will never replace the
_hardcover book -- it makes a very
_poor doorstop."
_- Alfred Hitchcock


Search engine tutorial

Books + book collecting

Choosing what 2 read?

R. J. Julia Booksellers

Searching 4 a rare, used, or
out-of-print book?

4 GOOD search engines
4. (30-day FREE trial)

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

"Agent Ransack": hard drive file locator
(English/French) (FREE)
(Win9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/SP2/2003) (792KB)

"WebFerret 5.0": a Web "metasearch" utility program
(576KB) (Win98/ME/NT/2K/XP)
"WebFerret 4.0" (591KB) (Win95) (FREE)

"Critically Analyzing Information Sources" - article

Research + Documentation Online
(humanities, social sciences, history, + sciences)


Reference Desk

Virtual Reference Shelf
(Library of Congress)

Encyclopedias, maps,
online libraries,
quotations, dictionaries ...


"When you read a biography
_remember that the truth
_is never fit for publication."
_- George Bernard Shaw

Biographical Dictionary
they have a FREE interactive quiz.)


High Beam (FREE)
(Note: it has a reference desk.)

Wikipedia Encyclopedia - multilingual (FREE)

Encyclopedia Britannica Online (3-day FREE trial)
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World Book Encyclopedia + Learning Resources

Online reference service 4 learners + librarians (30-day FREE trial)
they provide library + publisher services.)

Online encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus
atlas, quizzes, homework help, top 10-lists ... (FREE)

Encyclopaedia of the Orient
(North Africa + Middle East)


History of the English Language

Library resources


"He doesN'T know the meaning of the word 'fear'.
_Of course, there are lots of other words he
N'T know either."
_- Sid Gilman, San Diego Chargers coach
_____________about 1 of his 1st year players


1-Look Dictionary Search

Oxford English Dictionary - online
(Note: it has word of the day.)

Did u no?
On April 15th 1755 noted British lexico-
grapher, Samuel Johnson, published his
seminal, "Dictionary of the English Lan-
. It came in 2 volumes followed
by a condensed 1-volume version the
following year.
(Note: Noah Webster came out with his
______in the 1820's: some 70 years later.)

Merriam-Webster Online

The Merriam-Webster
Collegiate Dictionary (14-day FREE trial)

The American Heritage Dictionary
of the English Language (4th Edition)

Did u no?
The following text "The quick brown fox
jumps over the lazy dog."
uses EVERY
LETTER in the English alphabet.

Dictionaries - multilingual
(Note: it has games, word of the day,
______library, the Agora forum, links
______2 glossaries, grammars, + lan-
______guage course.) - online - online
(Note: it has dictionaries, games, lan-
______guage resources, word of the
______day, reference, thesaurus, ar-
______ticles, + tools.) - online
(Note: it has a medical, legal, litera-
______ture, business, atlas, + alma-
______nac reference section inclu-
______ding a Web directory.)

Browser buttons (FREE)


Hypertext Webster Gateway
it's a word-search engine.)

Hyperdictionary: English,
Computer, Thesaurus, Dream, + Medical

Books (fiction/nonfiction), encyclopedia,
dictionary, thesaurus, quotations,
"Strunk's Elements of Style"
, ...

Strange + Unusual Dictionaries

The Buzzword Compliant Dictionary
Note: it has an e-mail newsletter.)

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Did u no?
"Everyday" means "commonplace, ordinary";
however, when a space is inserted in between
the two words, "every" and "day" than the
meaning becomes "each day".

Logos Multilingual Portal
(Note: in addition 2 being a multilingual
______dictionary, it has a crossword,
______anagrams, a forum, glossaries,
______children's dictionary, wordtheque,
______+ universal verb conjugator.)


"ieSpell": spell-checks text input boxes on
a Web page - Web mail, forums, blogs, diaries.
Note: it is designed 4 Internet Explorer +
______any other Internet Explorer based
______browser like AOL, MSN, NetCaptor,
______NeoPlanet ... )
Note: after filling in a form, u click the
______Internet Explorer IESpell button.)

(Internet Explorer 5+) (Win9x/ME/NT/2K/XP) (2.45MB)


Acronym Finder
u can add an Acronym Finder
______search toolbar 2 your browser.)

Word of the day

Word-related links

New words
(Note: there is a Most Popular Words
______+ link section.)

Wordplay Web Site
it has word games + Our Most
______Popular Pages sections.)

Wordplay subscription -

Word of the Day subscription - newsletter (FREE)

A.Word.A.Day - newsletter (FREE edition - with ads)
[Note: it has an archive + FAQ (Frequently
______Asked Questions) section.]

The Word Detective - magazine
(Note: it deals with words + language in
______a humorous vein.)
Note: it has a My Favorite Word section
______+ Notable Word Links. Ask a ques-
______tion, win a book.)


"NEVER, NEVER give up!"
_- Sir Winston Churchill
_(This 1 sentence was the "entire" text
__of a commencement address of his.)
there is a New Releases section.)

Condé Nast Magazines
(Note: there is a digital media kit section.)

The New Yorker cartoon
e-cards (FREE)


Fun words + their origin


Did u no?
A "wordmonger" (WURD MON gur) is
someone who writes or uses words
"4 show"
with little or no regard 4
their meaning.


Anagrams - newsgroup

Word fun + games (FREE)

Multiplayer word games (FREE)
(Note: it also has a chat forum.)

Crosswords resources

American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

"CryptoAid": a handy word puzzle solver
(W9x/NT/2K) (1.6MB)

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Cliché Finder


Ye Olde English Sayings

Glossary of Literary + Rhetorical Terms


"Shoot for the moon.
_Even if you miss,
_you'll land among the stars."
_- Les Brown


Quotes of the day - daily newsletter

Pick-up lines

Quotation database

13,5000+ quotations

Familiar Quotations
there is also an encyclopedia, dictionary,
______thesaurus, + English usage section.)

Largest collection of clichés, euphemisms,
+ figures of speech
there is a cliché of the day
______with an explanation.)

The Book of Clichés
(Note: there is a cliché-related link section.)

Slip-ups in movies, TV, books, + quotes
(Note: u can add slip-ups here.)
(Note: u can vote + comment
______on slip-ups here.)
u can subscribe 2 their
______weekly e-mail list of

Conversational snippets
(Note: u can comment on them.)
(Note: they have links 2 blogs, magazines,
______columns, stories, + comics.)

Quotations on every topic
(Note: they have a discussion forum.)
u can sign up 4 the "Quote of
______the Day"
Note: they have an excellent Internet
______reference section.)


"Get your facts first,
_and then you can distort them
_as much as you please."
_- Mark Twain



Links 4 journalists

A working journalist's - Net guide (English/French)
(Note: it is ranked among the TOP 5
______journalism websites in the
______world by google.)
(Note: they have FREE search +
______search engine tutorials.)
they have "Internet search
articles + information.)
(Note: u can sign up 4 the FREE
______weekly "JNet's Tips"


A portal 4 journalists

Poynter's High School Journalism Guide

Investigative Reporters + Editors
(Note: it has an important govern-
______ment database library.)


Journal devoted 2 publishing
scholarly journalism


"The newest computer can merely compound,
_at speed, the oldest problem in the relations
_between human beings, and in the end the
_communicator will be confronted with the old
_problem, of what to say and how to say it."
_- Edward R. Murrow, legendary newsman


National Institute 4 Computer-Assisted Reporting
(Note: there is an online
math test 4 journalists.)

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Did u no?
With only 3 "print" articles published in local,
trade or regional newspapers or magazines u
can qualify 4 a "press pass" 2 the next major
trade conference in your field 4 FREE: contact
the conference management service 6 weeks
in advance + request press-kit info on how 2
"pass 4 press"

Writers Guild of America
u can register your work online 4
______$20;members pay $10.)
they have a FREE e-mail newsletter.)


Tip: when u blog u r "publishing directly"
____2 the Web.

A "filtered" BLOG directory

"Now Bloggers Can Hit the Road" - article


Aspiring authors forum
(Note: u can post your work here 4 review.)

BeeHive Hypertext/Hypermedia Literary Journal
(Note: u can sign up 4 e-mail updates.)


"I was determined to know beans."
_- Henry David Thoreau


_A "New" English Language
_The European Commission has just announced
_an agreement whereby English will be the official
_language of the EU rather than German which
_was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations,
_Her Majesty's Government conceded that English
_spelling had some room for improvement and has
_accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would be
_known as "Euro-English".

_In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c".
_Sertainly,this will make the sivil servants
_jump with joy.

_The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of
_the"k". This should klear up konfusion
_and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

_There will be growing publik enthusiasm
_in the sekond year, when the troublesome
_"ph" will be replaced with "f". This will
_make words like "fotograf" 20% shorter.

_In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the
_new spelling kan be ekspekted to reach
_the stage where more komplikated changes
_are possible. Governments will enkorage
_the removal of double letters, which have
_always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
_Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of
_the silent "e"s in the language is disgraseful,
_and they should go away.

_By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv
_to steps such as replasing "th" with "z"
_and "w" with "v".

_During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o"
_kan be dropd from vords kontaining
_"ou" and similar changes vud of kors
_be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

_After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl
_riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or
_difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to
_understand ech ozer.

_Ze drem vil finali kum tru!

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"The best way to become boring
_is to say everything."
_- Voltaire

Did u no?
What makes a person a "great
is his/her ability
2 "listen closely" + "speak spe-

Develop "effective"
communication skills


"Flaming enthusiasm, backed by
_horse sense and persistence, is
_the quality that most frequently
_makes for success."
_- Dale Carnegie, Teacher and Writer

Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Training
(Note: u can sign up 4 their weekly
______tips newsletter, "Carnegie
______Success Connection"


"The right to be heard
NOT automatically
_include the right to be
_taken seriously."
_- Hubert Humphrey

Did u no?
AOL/Netscape Instant Messenger
allows u 2 chat, transfer photos,
music + other files as well as
setting up buddy lists.
you doN'T have 2 sign up
______4 AOL 2 use it + it's FREE.)

"Redefine the word 'fail'. There is no failure
_in life other than
NOT trying. If you want
_something badly enough, make an attempt.
_If you want to paint, get a brush and do it.
_If you want to sing, sing. A lot of people
_get scared. They're afraid to fail. Take that
_word out of your vocabulary. You do
. You've 'tried your best.'"
_- Jane Seymour, Actress

Tip: u can make a difference in making
____the world a "better place" so try.

"The mind has exactly the same power
_as the hands:
NOT merely to grasp the
_world, but to change it."
_- Colin Wilson, Author

"If you would
NOT be forgotten, as soon
_as you are dead and rotten, either write
_things worth reading, or do things worth
_the writing."
_- Benjamin Franklin

"The doors we open and close each day
_decide the lives we live."
_- Flora Whittemore

"For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
_the saddest are these: 'It might have been."
_- John Greenleaf Whittier, U.S. Quaker poet,
_______________________writer and journalist


Did u no?
Web writing is really "précis writing":
4-word headers, 30-word article sum-
maries, 15-word brief sentences, short
40 word paragraphs, 500-word article.
It means keeping sentences + para-
graphs "short": 1 point per sentence,
1 main idea per paragraph. Never say
more than u have 2 say 2 make your
point using plain "unambiguous" lan-
guage (ordinary words).

Tip: any material submitted 4 online
____posting should b submitted 2
____search engines as well.

"If I had more time,
_I would have written less."
_- Mark Twain


"A word said
_is a shot fired."
_- Uzbek proverb

1-word writing exercise


Tip: a good "writing rule" 2 follow is
____2 "b brief" whenever u can.

N'T write so that you can be understood,
_write so that you ca
N'T be misunderstood."
_- William Howard Taft, U.S. President

Did u no?
2 b avoided: "logorrhea" = "excessive" wordiness
("S/he used three metaphors." instead of
"S/he used three different metaphors."
("Apathy is why s/he quit." instead of
"Apathy is the reason why s/he quit."

Tip: do
NOT over amplify needlessly
____with additional words if the
____thought is already complete.


Did u no?
Thanks 2 CafePress' book publishing service
u can upload text files in Adobe Acrobat PDF
format + sell them as books; choose the size,
type of binding along with price + CafePress
builds an online store 2 sell it from. The a-
mount above the "base" price is the amount
u pocket. Plus, u keep the copyright.

Create + sell "your own" books
(Note: there r no setup fees nor minimum
(Note: they have a Publishing Learning
that explains everything.)
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Did u no?
The term "fair use" refers under U.S. copyright
law, 2 the rights of copyright holders in order
2 make copies of a copyrighted work 4 pur-
poses such as criticism, comment, news re-
porting, + teaching. However, such uses may
still constitute copyright infringement if they
are clearly commercial and profit-oriented
rather than educational or scholarly in na-
ture, if the copied work is designed for en-
tertainment rather than edification, if the ex-
tent of copying is considered substantial
(greater than 5% of the original content), or
if duplication adversely affects the market
4 the copyrighted work.

Copyright infromation
(registration + information resource)


Get it Write Online
(Note: this writing service has a FREE
______writing/grammar tips archive.)
u can subscribe 2 their FREE
______"Writing Tips"

"10 Tips on Writing the Living Web" - article

Writing 4 the Web (papers + essays) (FREE)

Content Development/Writing 4 the Web (FREE)
it has tips + articles.)


Did u no?
Copy writer make good use of adjectives + adverbs.
For example, u do
NOT offer an editing service,
but a "quick, same day, turnaround" editing service.

"How Can I Become a Copy Editor?" - article

Copywriting, Web content, advertising,
Internet marketing, ... - tutorials (FREE)
u can subscribe 4 the FREE
______"Copywriter's Digest"

A Spot 4 Copy Editors
(Note: u can read articles by Bill Walsh
______4 FREE.)

Dr. Kevin Nunley, online marketing,
advertising, + copywriting specialist
he offers FREE e-mail courses.)

Tip: "research" is the key 2 great copywriting.

Tip: while content "informs", copy invites
____"2 act"
as in "click here", "buy now",
____"join today"
, "get this".

Michel Fortin, copywriter specializing in
copywriting 4 the Web, direct mail, + e-
mail sales letters.
u can sign up 4 his FREE monthly
______"Profit Pill"

Copywriting online 4 websites,
e-mail, + newsletters: Nick Usborne
u can also read his articles 4 FREE)

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Syndicate "yourself" your own writing online
there is Master Syndicator ($79) +
______Master Syndicator Gateway l (

Syndication services
Syndicate your 400 - 1200 word article
the article must b regarding
______Internet marketing
, promotion,
, business, sales.)

u can subscribe 2 the FREE
newsletter that deals
______with Web design, Internet
______marketing, + ecommerce.)

Submit a 400 - 1200 word article 4 publication
(Note: the article must b regarding,

______general business
, small
, women in bus-
, website development,
______search engines
, recipes,


Seeking well-known, experienced
writers + professionals

"SbookBuilder10": creates a standalone HTML
viewer executabe of a . htm file directory (FREE)
(Note: u can use it 2 create "your own"

Did u no?
An e-book "starts" with an "index page"
that displays:
__1. welcome message;
__2. copyright statement;
link to the 'Contents' page.
The 'Contents' page lists the hyperlinked
chapter + chapter section titles.
the top of each page should
______have a 'Content' page hyper-
______link, chapter title, + hyper-
______linked back/forward arrows.)

"Quality" ebook portal: 1,800+ ebooks (FREE)
they also have "foreign

Project Gutenberg ebooks (FREE) ebooks (FREE)


"Happiness... it lies in the joy
_of achievement, in the thrill
_of creative effort."
_- Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President


Tip: practice writing by penning
____800-word e-zine articles
____with a 65 character wrap
____per line format 4 e-zines
____that share your interests.

Submit an ebook
2 Project Gutenberg
4 global distribution

Article announcement
4 distribution - online (FREE)


E-zine subscriptions (FREE)

e-zine portal
in addition 2 e-zines, it has
______games, funnies, knowledge,
______+ various news sections.)
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Yahoo! discussion groups - online (FREE)
u can start "your own" group.)

Topica newsletters +
e-mail discussion lists
u can start "your own"
______e-mail discussion group.)


_the skeleton of habit alone
_upholds the human frame."
_- Virginia Wolf

Tip: make writing a "daily" habit.


Tip: take 20 minutes each morning 2
____write whatever comes in2 your
____mind (stream-of-conscious writing)
____4 a year (making sure that the con-
____tent is non-sexual, non-violent, and

self-incriminating) 2 find out
____more about yourself while develo-
____ping your ability 2 write. Then re-
____view the material 2 see if u can use
____it 2 write a poem, a short story, a
____novel, etc.

_2 ways 2 practice exercising your writing skills
_1. get a "Web journal" - online (FREE)
it has many features.)
___(Note: u can customize it.)

_2. get a fun, easy-2-update "Web diary" - online (FREE)


"Certain brief sentences are peerless
_in their ability to give one the feeling
_that nothing remains to be said."
_- Jean Rostand, French biologist, writer

A "major" peer-2-peer poetry community
it offers "constructive" criticism.)
u r 2 offer 3 critiques 4 every
______poem u post.)

_is eternal delight."
_- William Blake

Trees + the poets
(Note: it has literary links.)


"A professional writer is
_an amateur who did
N'T quit."
_- Richard Bachman


Short works of fiction
(4 Web-enabled cell phone screens)
(Note: u can submit your own short
______work of fiction here.)
there is an archive section of
______short works of fiction.)


"In three words
_I can sum up everything
_I've learned about life:
_it goes on."
_- Robert Frost

haiku (an ancient Japanese poetic form) daily
u can subsribe 2 their FREE
______daily or weekly digest newsletter.)
(Note: it also offers a cell-phone-
(Note: the poems r stored in the
archive section.)
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"Words have a life;
_without response they die."
_- Russell Hoban


Satire - online
it has an interesting chart + links section.)


"The happiest people are those who think
_the most interesting thoughts. Those who
_decide to use leisure as a means of mental
_development, who love good music, good
_books, good pictures, good company, good
_conversation, are the happiest people in the
_world. And they are
NOT only happy in them-
_selves, they are the cause of happiness in
_- William Lyon Phelps, Lecturer + Author


Writing-related newsgroups

About writing...


Up-to-the-minute world news



10,000 newspapers online

Newspapers around the globe

Did u no?
A press release has 8 key parts:
1. headline title: the benefit
__(36-40 characters);
2. "For Immediate Release";
3. contact info: brief;
4. sub-heading;
5. leading paragraph (40-75
__words with quotes): why,
__what, when;
6. main paragraph(s): the
__facts, so what;
7. final paragraph: summa-
__rise + call 2 action.
8. full contact details.


"He has the deed half done
_who has made a beginning."
_- Horace


Press release software:

Press release format - online
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Press release writing tips

"How 2 Format Your Press
_Releases 4 E-Mail Distribution"
- tutorial
(Note: the format is clearly shown online.)
ther r extensive "publicity" tips.)

"Press Releases - How 2 Write a Great Press Release" - article
(Note: u can sign up 4 his FREE
______"Publicity Insider Update E-zine"

Bill's Hand-Picked Publicity
+ Internet Marketing Links

Press release
submission service - online (FREE)

Wire service comparison


N'T judge each day
_by the harvest you reap,
_but by the seeds you plant."
_- Robert Louis Stevenson


Press release submission service (FREE)


Business news release service

Hi-tech + business press release service

"Unlimited" press release
distribution service:

Internet News Bureau
[Note: u can sign up 4 the FREE
______news release + PR (public
______relations) tips newsletter.]


PR Press Release Newswire - multilingual

News distribution, targeting, + monitoring
it has "today's" news, industry +
______international news.)

PRN Wire
(Note: they have a FREE newsletter.)


"The time for action is now. It's never
_ too late to do something."
_- Carl Sandburg, Author


Creative ideas newsletter +
marketing ideas newsletter (FREE)
(Note: each has its own archive
______of previous issues.)

A GREAT young Canadian English writer

A picture poem, "OH, ô... Canada, ma chérie"

Publishing community - online
(Note: u can b a "contributing editor".)
Note: there r newsletters, contests,
"community" discussion forums.)


Did u no?
Halley's comet comes every 76 years +
Mark Twain, that famous "witty" American
writer, was born + died in the same years
that it appeared.


"A person with a new idea is a crank
_until the idea succeeds."
_- Mark Twain

Mark Twain

"The man who does
NOT read good books
_has no advantage over the man who ca
_read them."
_- Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain 1835-1910)

"The difference between the right word
_and the almost right word is the differ-
_ence between lightning and the light-
_ning bug."
_- Mark Twain
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Collecting Little Golden Books

Bethany Roberts, children's author
she has a "fun zone" 4 kids +
______tips - 4 writers + teachers.)
she has a directory of children's
______authors + illustrators.)


_"If I could have any power, I would love
_to have the power of invisibility. ... I
_would probably sneak off to a cafe
_and write all day."
_- J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter

Harry Potter - newsgroup

The Official Harry Potter Website


Did u no?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930),
creator of Sherlock Holmes, gradu-
ated from Edinburgh University with
a degree in medicine + practiced in

The Sherlock Holmes Museum of Baker Street - multilingual
(Note: u can write a "new" Sherlock
______Holmes story here


J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy - newsgroup

J.R.R. Tolkien (author of "The Hobbit" +
"The Lord of the Rings"
) fans - newsgroup


"Beware the fury of a patient man."
_- John Dryden


"The Time Machine" by H. G. Wells, 1895

"The War of the Worlds" by H. G. Wells, 1898


"To thine own self be true."
_- Hamlet, Act 1.3, by Shakespeare

About Shakespeare - newsgroup

The Complete Works
of William Shakespeare - online

Shakespeare's "King Lear"


"Know from the bounteous heaven
_all riches flow."
_- Homer


Bible portal - multilingual


"Order is heaven's first law."
_- Alexander Pope

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"Yes, Virginia,
_there is a Santa Claus.
_He exists as certainly
_as love and generosity
_and devotion exist."
_- Francis P. Church