Goodbye June! Hello long, warm summer days.
This month I was like a teenager, counting down the days until the end of school and the beginning of summer, only I was counting down the days until my move.
The move has happened, and I now live in Toronto. If you do too, let’s hang out.
Due to the time-consuming nature of moving (it’s the worst), most of my writing this month was confined to the blog.
- How to find mistakes in your writing — practical, no-nonsense tips on making your copy error-free
- Can we engage? Thoughts on Twitter and life — is it possible to turn a monologue into a dialogue?
Teaser: In next month’s issue of This Magazine, I have a column on sexuality, technology, and feminism. That probably sounds like something you want to read, so look for it in the July issue.
I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how different people use language, whether because of different education or working in different industries. Some related reading on the topic:
- This Surprising Reading Level Analysis Will Change the Way You Write by Shane Snow on Contently.
- In Between Daze: A brief history of today’s most pretentious word by Michelle Dean for the Awl.
For something completely different, in “The Reluctant Memoirist” an investigative journalist reflects on what it was like to return from North Korea and face her critics.
Before leaving Ottawa, I spoke about storytelling at Marcom Forum. It was a lot of fun to be there!
And this month I dipped my toe into vlogging - watch me talk about how writing thank you notes are good for your personal and professional life on my Facebook page.
Here's to summer! May it be full of iced beverages and absent of mosquitoes.