The Two Kinds of People Who Buy Books

“People who buy books ... are of two kinds. There are those who buy because they love books and what they can get from them, and those to whom books are one form of entertainment among several. ... The second group has to be courted” (p. 117). . Which kind of book buyer are you?... Continue Reading →

Calling All Female Editors and Technical Writers

As you know, I've been working on a Ph.D. in technical and professional communication.  I've finally hit dissertation phase, and I'm looking for participants. Here's the official call: As part of my current research for my dissertation at Utah State University, I’m conducting a study about women’s work experiences in the field of technical and... Continue Reading →

Learning to Use Punctuation

In my composition classes, I often spend time going over punctuation concerns, since students often suffer from confusion, especially when it comes to commas.  I have used fun ideas from the Internet and from Lynne Truss’s book Eats, Shoots & Leaves (2003).  I’ve even toyed with the idea of having students buy Truss’s book, but... Continue Reading →

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