‘Banished’ Words of 2021 Are All About COVID-19

‘Banished’ Words of 2021 Are All About COVID-19

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You’ve probably heard these phrases, whether it was on a zoom call, a commercial, or a speech:  “We’re all in this together,” “These are challenging times,” and of course, the ever-popular “we’re living in unprecedented times.” Chances are, you’re sick of hearing them—Lake Superior State University of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan sure is. That’s why all their banished words are all about COVID-19.     Their banished word list is the top ten words/phrases overused to the point of cliche and uselessness. Some of the words include COVID-19 itself (along with Coronavirus, Rona, and other iterations), social distancing, unprecedented, and …

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year: Pandemic

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year: Pandemic

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Words are our solace, and our favorite hiding place is between the pages of a book. However, while words may be one of our largest sources of comfort during uncertain times, there’s one word in particular that we’re sick and tired of hearing, both literally and figuratively. “Pandemic” is Merriam-Webster’s and Dictionary.com’s word of the year.

Five Books to Help You Write That Novel You’re Always Talking About

Five Books to Help You Write That Novel You’re Always Talking About

Is there a killer idea for a novel gnawing at the back of your mind?  Are you stuck inside with some extra time on your hands?  While quarantine isn’t exactly conducive to creativity with all the anxiety and lack of privacy it can bring with it, it is a good time for self-evaluation and getting some extra projects done.  Here are five of the best books on writing from some of the world’s top authors to get you inspired and FINALLY at work on that novel you’re always talking about writing!   1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft …

5×5: Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

5×5: Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

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Welcome back to another installment of our series 5×5 in which we ask five authors of similar backgrounds, five questions. This month, to celebrate Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month we spoke with incredible authors such as, Brian Tashima, Alka Joshi,  Julia Kagawa, Mary Choy and Seema Giri.   image via NSVRC Brian Tashima, independently published his four volume young adult/sci-fi fantasy series, The Joel Suzuki Series. As a sensitive sixteen-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome living in a single-parent home, Joel leads a stressful life full of bullies, bad grades and money woes. Figuring that stardom will solve all of his problems, …