25 maps that explain the English language

If you are an author, you are at least somewhat interested in language (at least you better be). Now, if you are writing in a language other than English, I’m probably not going to be able to help, but if you are, check out this collection of maps.

Of interest to me as one of the poor folks that only speak (and write and read) one language were the maps that show how widely read English is in the world. Good audience for us that publish an English language book 🙂

The Chaplain’s War

A great book with characters having great insights without boredom. I would have thought the experiences of a chaplain’s assistance and his crisis of faith could in no way be all that interesting. I would have been wrong.

Well written, well edited, and a page turner. It had hints of Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, one of my all-time favorites.

100 Exquisite Adjectives

100 Exquisite Adjectives

Adjectives — descriptive words that modify nouns — often come under fire for their cluttering quality, but often it’s quality, not quantity, that is the issue. Plenty of tired adjectives are available to spoil a good sentence, but when you find just the right word for the job, enrichment ensues. Practice precision when you select words. Here’s a list of adjectives:

The 22 Rules to Perfect Storytelling, According to Pixar

Back in 2012, now-former Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted a series of pearls of narrative wisdom she had picked up from working at the studio over the years. Pixar is responsible for some of the most compelling and engaging stories to hit theaters in the past several years, from Toy Story to Finding Nemo to Wall-E.

This week, Imgur user DrClaww reimagined Coats’ 22 rules for perfect storytelling accompanied with signature characters from Pixar’s portfolio of powerful animated features. If you’re a writer or filmmaker, print these out and stick them on your desk.

Hit the link and check them out… lots of good stuff.