❝ Writers fish for the right words like fishermen fish for, um, whatever those aquatic creatures with fins and gills are called. ❞
—— Jarod Kintz
❝ Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. ❞
—— George Bernard Shaw
❝ this didn’t happen in the books ❞
My mom got called on to read aloud in class and came across the word ‘island’ and pronounced the s (is-land) and the whole class laughed at her and the teacher told her she was stupid. She grew up hating reading and has literally not read any books, newspapers, magazines, etc. since my sister and I were younger and then she only read us children’s books because she ‘had to.’ So like, don’t do this.
I was homeschooled for five years and basically left to teach myself. Two works I remember being teased for mispronouncing were “epitome” and “bosom.”
People would ask, “Well why wouldn’t you look them up to see if you were pronouncing them properly?”
Because I never thought I was pronouncing them wrong.
❝ Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. ❞
❝ If you write just about one type of person, not only is that boring, not only does that deprive people of other points of view, it is also just false. It’s not what the world looks like. You should try to write about the world that’s there, because that’s the interesting one. ❞
Joseph Fink, who’s p good at writing, I think. (from this week’s Philadelphia Weekly)