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December 8, 2013 is my new favorite tool! This fun-to-explore application allows you to create custom word clouds. The tool, available at, is simple to use and has an impressive number of  fonts, colors, and shapes. For a non-designer like me it’s a bit of fun, sort of like walking into a bookstore and being told […]

Godwin’s Law

January 2, 2013

Godwin’s Law says that the longer an online conversation goes, no matter the subject or intent of the original thread that someone eventually will evoke Hitler or Nazis. Have we not learned anything about history and peace?

Our Intern Seeks a Cure to Writer’s Block

August 8, 2012

Home Row Intern Kathryn Brill reports in from a summer program in Paris. We can all learn from a change of scenery. August 8, 2012 Conventional wisdom has it that if you want to be inspired, you should go somewhere new. This is part of the reason why I applied to a four-week creative writing […]

Interrobang, the Coolest Mark of Punctuation We Never Use

November 3, 2011

The interrobang is a mark of punctuation created by advertising executive Martin Speckler in 1962 that combined the question mark and exclamation point into one symbol. It was quite the in mark to use through the 1960s and made it’s way onto a few qwerty keyboards as well as into the dictionary.

Writers Need to Write – A Guest Posting

July 6, 2011

By Kathryn Brill July 6 2011 I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, but I’ve always been a little fuzzy on the details of making that happen. I always sort of assumed that there was a set path to becoming a writer, in the same way that there’s a […]

Is Self Publishing a Book Right for You?

April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011 Posted By Sharon Ritchey Fedex delivered a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne and a book to my office last Tuesday. And while I love champagne, it was the book I was most eager to open. A Smile Never Hurts, One Woman’s Story, by my client Pat Powers Rothacker  has been close […]

The Call to Action of Breakfast

March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011 Posted by Sharon Ritchey I’ve been writing a lot of ads lately and I have recently finished an online copy writing course through Writer’s University. And as most people realize, when you begin to pay attention to something you become hyper focused on it. For example, if you have ever gone car […]

An Homage to Frozen Food and Writing

March 3, 2011

March 6 marks a celebratory day in my writing career. It’s national Frozen Food Day. No, I don’t celebrate with ice cream and pizza. I stop and reflect how frozen food and specifically the international magazine Quick Frozen Foods International taught me a great deal about writing and caring about an industry. Way back in […]

2011 Writing Resolutions – A Bit Late As Usual

January 18, 2011

Another year and another attempt to break some bad writing habits and create some positive ones. We’ll see.

How to Write Merry Anything This Season

December 6, 2010

Here are some shortcuts and hints to getting your holiday cards out the door.

What is the home row?

The home row is the center row of keys on the keyboard "A,S,D,F,J,K,L,;" When students are taught how to become touch typists (typing without looking at the keys) they begin with their hands resting on the home row. The left hand rests on the "A,S,D,F" keys and the right hand on the "J,K,L,;" keys. From this position the other keys can be reached.