OnePageCloser to… Reinventing Pirate Talk




Why Yondu is the pirate I want to imitate this Talk Like a Pirate Day.
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OnePageCloser to… Having Fun with Details

To make readers translate the fiction written on the page into truth, writers have to produce details. Details are like scalpels. In the right hands, they’re very effective. In the wrong hands, they’re very dangerous. The way that a writer describes a character can bring him or her to life, end up reading like a laundry list, sound too cliché, make readers put down a book unfinished, or any one of many other possible situations.

Below are some examples of techniques I enjoy seeing writers use to make their fictitious lies seem a little bit more like truths:

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OnePageCloser to… Punctuating Your Titles

The ampersand otherwise known as (&) has made it’s rounds in book paragraphs and thanks to twitter the at sign (@) is making’s it’s way to internet fame. Now seems to be the age of punctuation. Even with all this use of punctuation, there is one place where punctuation can be used and almost never is… the book title. (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish being the exception).

Yet another way Dr. Seuss was ahead of his time.

Yet another way Dr. Seuss was ahead of his time.

It’s a given that writers want a unique and wonderful way to introduce their characters to the world, but why not let the reader judge your book by it’s cover a little bit. Enhance that title with a dash of grammatical personality. Below I have some suggestions of punctuation, standard and non-standard for the really adventurous, which can easily be incorporated into the title of any upcoming book releases.

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OnePageCloser to… Reading More Music


The title of this article is purposely deceptive, because there are several different ways to read music. There is of course way number one, the standard EGBDF (also known as Every Good Boy Does Fine, or whatever other mnemonic device your grade school music teacher taught you) type of note reading.

Also, there is way number two, the art of reading song lyrics. 40 years later, and there are still hot debates over the meaning of the Beatles song “Come Together”.


He wear no shoeshine, he got toe-jam football He got monkey finger, he shoot coca-cola He say “I know you, you know me” One thing I can tell you is you got to be free

Speculate all you want. I still have no clue.



Lastly, the one way I personally find most interesting, is the interconnection between literature and music. Bands like Titus Andronicus and Of Mice and Men wear their literary pride front and center on their names, but so many other bands have taken the chance to display some of their bibliomania through their lyrics.


Which books have experienced this musical transformation? Let’s explore below.
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