Defending passive voice

I remember the lesson about passive voice from my first journalism class very clearly, and not just because my professor threw something at me to prove a point. Avoiding passive voice has been firmly cemented in my mind. At the Writing Center I worked at, I often found myself struggling with a future scientist trying … More Defending passive voice

On excitedly meeting authors (but not stalking them because that is bad)

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye Have you … More On excitedly meeting authors (but not stalking them because that is bad)

I’m friends with a published novelist: Q&A with Aja Hannah

I’ve been feeling a little hopeless about my future career prospects lately. It’s a difficult life for us Englishy folks and sometimes it seems like success is impossible. Yesterday, however, I got my copy of Zarconian Island by Aja Hannah. Aja went to school with me… In fact, I sat next to her in my … More I’m friends with a published novelist: Q&A with Aja Hannah