Everyone’s heard Heinlein quotes. When we were younger, we may have even quoted them with a straight face. Frankly, they’re a little embarrassing because you tend to sound like a teenage boy when you say them and they’re a trifle hackneyed these days as well.
However, I read today a really first-rate Heinlein quote that I’m happy to repeat:
The best sentence in the English language starts
“Pay to the order of….”
Wordle.com is a juicy little nugget for the literarily inclined. Wordle generates word clouds from text that you provide it by analyzing the frequency of words in the text and then assigning a greater prominence to the words that appear more frequently. You can then change the cloud by changing the colors, fonts, and layouts. It’s really quite fun! Feed Wordle the text of your latest article, or a manual draft, or that novel you’ve been working on. Or go to, say, Project Gutenberg, and grab something and try that out. It’s a great time-waster, as if I had time to waste these days.
Tom Johnson is the guy who told me about WordPress. All about WordPress: I took a great seminar from him at this year’s STC conference in Dallas and it was what triggered me to move forward on setting up a professional blog.
He’s got a great website for writers and technical communicators, called I’d Rather Be Writing. If you’re reading this blog, you’ll likely enjoy Tom’s blog, too.
There’s an online etymology dictionary that my beloved drama teacher from high school turned me on to. They describe themselves thus:
This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
Peggy Harvey, a wonderful technical communicator from the RTP area of NC, has started a blog called Connecting to Content. It’s aimed at technical communicators with an emphasis on how people can connect through content. Peggy’s always been an articulate speaker and Tweeter and I’m looking forward to what she’s got to say.
If you enter the keyword HEDTKE when you register, you can get a $50 discount!
Go on witcha. Go register.
I’ve always recommended Lavacon for technical communications professionals, but Lavacon 2010 is going to be particularly useful.
The focus for Lavacon this year is on social media, particularly for marketing, building your brand, and creating effective alternatives to more classic options for creating and distributing documentation. There’s a long list of impressive speakers.
Lavacon is in San Diego this year (another good reason to go) at a fabulous hotel (ditto!) and it looks like it’s going to be a real relaxacon. It’s also very reasonably priced. Take a good look at the Lavacon website and you’ll see what I mean.
This blog is for writers and authors. I will be posting a considerable amount of information about being a professional writer, being an author (mostly about non-fiction, but there will also be information on fiction writing), and the business aspects of writing.
If you’re a professional writer who wants to add skills, you’re interested in becoming a published author, or you just want to know more about how to make a living writing, this is the blog for you.
BTW, I am still setting up features, getting my sidebar lined up, and so on. The header banner isn’t right yet, either. Please excuse the chunks of plaster lying around. This should all take rapid shape, honestly. I know most of what I want.