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Write Powerfully: Avoid Useless Words and Phrases

WORDS CAN WEAKEN SENTENCES AND THOUGHTS Judy Vorfeld Do you pub­lish a newslet­ter, have a web­site, or write arti­cles or reviews or a blog? If so, you’re already doing your best to pub­lish well. But if you aren’t cer­tain that you’re suc­ceed­ing, here are a few ideas that might help. Try to […]

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Explicit or Implicit?

Judy Vorfeld EXPLICIT Something delib­er­ately spelled out (con­tract, doc­u­ment etc.). Something fully and clearly expressed (could be writ­ten or spo­ken). Explicit crit­i­cism means being very hon­est or can­did. IMPLICIT means some­thing not spe­cific, but either suggested/necessary to meet goal. American Heritage Dictionary says it can mean “understood […]

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Childish or Childlike?

Judy Vorfeld CHILDISH some­times sug­gests immaturity/unreasonableness. But it could also refer to the tone of voice or con­ver­sa­tion or activ­i­ties.   CHILDLIKE sug­gests innocence/mildness/freshness, like hav­ing child­like trust in someone.

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Book Review: My Life Without Me by Jaclyn Aurore

Judy Vorfeld Savvy. Gutsy. Surreal. Fun. As I began read­ing Jaclyn Aurore’s book, My Life Without Me, a few ques­tions popped into my mind. Was this SciFi? Was Callum a real per­son or an appari­tion? Could Jamie really func­tion in a uni­ver­sity set­ting with such severe mem­ory loss? Once I got involved in […]

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Ongoing is one word

Judy Vorfeld As a reader and an edi­tor, I notice that peo­ple tend to say “on-going,” rather than “ongo­ing.” At one time, “ongo­ing” was “on-going,” but today it is “ongo­ing.” No hyphen needed.

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