"Dead Men Can’t Catcall" by Samantha Peterson.

Currently on a bit of a poetry kick after stumbling across a slew of performances that I hadn’t seen before. 

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"Thighs" by Desiree Dallagiacomo

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What’s up with the Oxford comma?



Before we get into the inevitable debate over the usefulness of the Oxford comma, let’s first figure out what it is.


The Oxford comma, also known as the serial comma, is the comma used just before the conjunction (usually “and” or “or”) that precedes the final item in a list of three or more items or people.

The controversy is over whether the Oxford comma is necessary. This blog supports it. Here are some other organizations that also defend its importance:


One reason why The YUNiversity supports the Oxford comma is that it removes confusion and ambiguity from sentences. For instance, there is this famous example that made its rounds on the Interwebs:


Using the Oxford comma, we have four people: JFK, Stalin, and two strippers.

Without the Oxford comma, we can have either four people or two people (JFK and Stalin, who are strippers). Both interpretations are valid.

A debate on whether the Oxford comma is even necessary persists because there are, to be fair, many instances in which the Oxford comma either creates (or doesn’t resolve) ambiguities. For examples of these cases, turn to Wikipedia.

imageMany newspapers (as seen above) do not support the Oxford comma because—as the theory goes—they have always been in the business of saving as many characters (including “non-essential” punctuations) as possible. After all, unlike websites, printed newspapers are limited in terms of printable space, so every letter, character, and space matters.


  • In American English, the Oxford comma is standard in most non-journalistic writing. Therefore, you should use it in your essays for school.
  • In British English, the Oxford comma is used much less frequently.

As you decide for yourself whether to endorse or shun the Oxford comma, heed this helpful advice:


That’s good advice. Right, Ezra?


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29 Short Stories You Need To Read In Your Twenties

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"But", "therefore" "and so": keep conflict in your plot


A lack of conflict is a common problem in the work of many beginning writers. There are a number of ways to effectively add conflict to your novel and keep your readers turning pages.

It may help for you to think about conflict as complications. One problem many writers run into when they begin to write their novels is that they have an idea about the main conflict, but it is too easily resolved. For example, maybe the story is about a woman, Andrea, whose dream is to open her own Italian restaurant, but she lacks the funding and experience to do so. Then she meets an Italian chef whose brother wants to invest in a new restaurant, and before she knows it, she has her own restaurant and an experienced chef who can teach her everything she needs to know.

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Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon. 

Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:

Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:

Making notes? Here you go:

Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:

Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:

Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:

Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:

So you’ve got something down? Need to edit? 

All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:

I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:

Enjoy! I may update the list as I find more, or I’ll make a second list.

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Support the artist! Watch the full poem: Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black”

Dear God this is….dam

This spoken word is fucking amazing; take a minute to watch it.

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 A bookstore gets a new cover

The new facade of the Pioneer Bookstore in Provo, Utah is all about the books.

In less than a week a group of decorative artists transformed the dreary storefront into a welcoming entrance covered in books.

As to where the impetus for such a biblio-facade came from, look no further than the Kansas City Library which then led to one in the Ukraine.

Previously on Book Patrol:
From Kansas City with Love: Painted Library Facade Makes its Way to Russia
The Book Wall at the Kansas City Public Library

Piece in the Daily Herald: Judging a bookstore by its cover: Pioneer Book gets facelift

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YA Authors Sort Their Own Characters Into Hogwarts Houses   http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/ya-authors-sort-their-own-characters-into-hogwarts-houses

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