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Hans Christian Andersen: A Spark of Hope

Dec 14, 2018

Other than the Brothers Grimm, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is also a popular creator of fairytales. With works like “The Little Mermaid,” “Thumbelina,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and many more, Andersen will be remembered for many more years to come. Andersen was born in 1816 in Odense, Denmark. His first exposure to literature were the stories in the Arabian Nights. He was sent to a local school by his mother, but Andersen had to support himself throughout his basic education. He made money by becoming an apprentice for a weaver and a tailor. Andersen moved to Copenhagen at the age fourteen, intent on becoming an actor. At a young age, he had an impressive soprano voice, whic......

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Grammar Chaos: Holiday Greeting Alternatives

Dec 12, 2018

It’s the holidays once more. Other than grappling with what to get our friends and family for Christmas, all of us have one more dilemma that we try to keep low-key: coming up with nongeneric messages for Christmas cards.   It is common knowledge that Christmas is technically a Christian holiday. However, the Christmas season has become a cultural phenomenon celebrated even by non-Christians. Plus, other religions also celebrate different holidays in December. That’s why these alternatives are important to know. The most popular holiday greeting. This phrase got popular as early as the fourteenth century. The phrase is usually compounded with “And a Happy New Year.” Charles Dick......

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Charles Dickens: Creator of a Christmas Classic

Dec 07, 2018

Christmas is a holiday of tradition: the exchange of gifts, the exchange of songs, and the exchange of stories. The most important story of Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ, but many writers have also created equally uplifting stories of hope and love set in the holiday season. Charles Dickens is perhaps one of the greatest writers of Christmas tales. Born in the early 1800s, Dickens was aware of poverty from an early age. He started working when he was as young as twelve years old in order to contribute to the family after his father was imprisoned. Dickens never returned to school, but his immense interest in books allowed him to have a great career in literature. Other than creat......

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Grammar Chaos: Copyread Your Christmas Cards

Dec 05, 2018

It’s nearly Christmas time, and that means many things: time to set up a tree, to buy presents, and to start writing and sending Christmas cards. While you ready your card paper, collate your address books, and address your envelopes, allow us to give you a refresher on common grammar errors found in Christmas cards. Ever wondered why we have these food and décor during Thanksgiving? We have! Our researchers did a little digging, and here’s what we know about our Thanksgiving feast favorites. When pluralizing family names, remember that you only have to add s, unless your name ends in ch, sh, x, z, and of course, s. If it does, add es. For example, if your last name is Smit......

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Forlorn but Not Forgotten: Richard Siken

Nov 29, 2018

Countless poets throughout the years have found inspiration in isolation, salvaging diction from desire and destruction. Similarly, Richard Siken writes to the tune of lost love and a hapless journey of self-identity through an unmitigated sea of strangers. Siken was born in 1967 in New York City. He later studied at the University of Arizona, earning a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of fine arts in poetry. In 2001, he founded Spork Press, a quarterly literary magazine in Tucson, Arizona, where he continues to work as an editor. In 2004, he published his first poetry collection, Crush, 15 years in the making and influenced by the passing of his boyfriend in 1991. “It......

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Righting Wrongs: Differentiating Revenge and Avenge

Nov 28, 2018

It can be an empowering emotional experience when we hear or see someone say that they want to avenge their lost loved ones. Inversely, it can be chilling when they speak of taking revenge because they may be heading down a dark path. Avenge and revenge are two powerful words with distinct meanings that can be used to describe important actions and character development, both in and out of literature. However, some people can still confuse the two due to their phonetic similarities—and this mistake significantly alters the message. To right this wrong, we have to know their key differences. Both avenge and revenge originate from the Latin vindicare, which means “to lay claim to, aveng......

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A Leap of Faith into Fantasy: Dana Fraedrich

Nov 22, 2018

Fantasy author Dana Fraedrich of the Broken Gears series tells us all about her latest published work, Raven’s Cry, as well as her experiences, challenges, and takeaway lessons as a novelist. Dana Fraedrich is no stranger to writing; she started writing as soon as she began reading, and she spared no blank slate from her thoughts and ideas. “When I was younger, I wrote in anything: notebooks, on our old desktop computer, whatever was around.” It didn’t take long before she took that leap from writing for leisure to writing for a living. She had some inspiration to back her big decision. “Robin McKinley’s bio inspired me to take the first step. At the time, I was about the same age she......

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Prepare for Trouble: Differentiating All Ready and Already

Nov 21, 2018

It's all too easy to misuse words that have nearly the exact same pronunciation and spelling. Among these confusing word pairs, the renegade tandem of all ready and already is one of the most notorious. Mistaking one for the other can't be taken lightly, as it changes a great deal about what you're trying to say. Sometimes, it even renders the entire sentence nonsensical. Thankfully, we’re going to do something about that. For starters, these two are different parts of speech: already is an adverb whereas all ready is an adjective phrase. As an adverb, already modifies verbs to mean that the action was done “before now, before a specified time, or so soon.” Keep in mind that it ca......

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