Why you should capitalize Black as a proper adjective

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In the past, I didn’t capitalize “Black” in text, when referring to a group of people. Now I will. The question of why it’s a proper adjective (derived from a proper noun) is worth discussing. A number of publications have made the switch from “black” to “Black” when referring to people (as opposed to just … Continued

How to check whether you’re looking at a fake tweet

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If you see a screen capture of a tweet, you should immediately suspect its legitimacy. Here’s how to check if it’s fake or real. This is a real problem. A friend of mine, for example, posted this capture of a purported Trump tweet on her Facebook page (I added the orange “Fake” to the screen … Continued

The Pence-Trump gambit that Democrats don’t want to imagine

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Who will win the the 2020 presidential election? Right now, with Donald Trump plummeting in polls, the best guess would be Joe Biden. But there is a scenario that could reverse that trend. I present this, not a prediction, but as provocative analysis, food for thought. Ask yourself this first: why is Trump falling behind? … Continued

Manipulating authors, or helping them?

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If you are or hope to be an author, there are people who make their living by manipulating people like you. They are hoping to sell you something, based on your dream. It annoys the crap out of me to see people preying on authors by telling them things that are not true. For example: … Continued

Better than sex

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I posted this on Facebook: Helping an author come up with the perfect book title is better than sex. I think the responses revealed more about other people than they do about me. Yes, I love my job. One of the best parts of that is working with authors. One of the best parts of … Continued

I’m giving link spammers what they asked for

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In the three weeks since I posted the notice on my site about link building, I’ve received lots of link solicitations. Now it’s time to give them what they want. First: why do I classify emails asking for links or a contributed article to be spam? Because: You’ve paid no attention to what is on … Continued