The Semicolon: Thumbs Up, or Down?

Do you think it’s time for the semicolon to go back to wherever it came from? [Read more…]

The Winner of The First Annual John Shore 10-Word Short Story Contest

First of all, let me just say that if you submitted a story to our contest, you are a winner. Yes, your story not winning means that technically you’re a loser. But just the fact that you entered at all means that you’re someone who is entirely confident they can count to ten. Not everyone [Read More…]

Update on 10-Word Short Story Contest

Midnight last night this morning six hours ago marked the deadline for entries in the First Annual John Shore 10-Word Short Story Contest. Three hundred fifty stories. One prize. Two books. One the latest novel from contest co-judge and bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard. The other written by me. Has this nail-biting, finger-dinting contest allowed anyone [Read More…]

Announcing The First Annual John Shore 10-Word Short Story Contest

[Update: Bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard is now helping to judge this contest.] Recently I spotted this for-sale ad on Craigslist: “Nike Triax c3 heart rate monitor and watch, used one time only.” Which of course brought to mind Hemingway’s famous six-word story, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Thinking I can’t be the only person [Read More…]

When punctuation makes the difference between a second date and a restraining order

Because I co-authored a book about punctuation, Comma Sense: A FUN-damental Guide to Punctuation,  I sometimes get e-mails from people pondering perplexing punctuational problems. A few days ago, I received one such note from a young man in high school, who wrote to ask why in the world anyone should have to learn punctuation at all. “It seems like [Read More…]