Some stuff we like, some information we use, and some help we need because we don’t know everything. Yet.
Hey, they’re not just notepads. Don’t disrespect the Moleskine. First of all, Ernest Hemingway used Moleskine pads, at least according to the Moleskine marketing department. Assuming they’re just trying to sell more notepads, that leaves you with the illusion that you are writing on quality paper products. It works. Look, if you’re on here reading this, you probably are not a big fan of writing. So we’re looking for any little inspiration we can find: writing in quality notepads, better than writing in crappy notepads. (Up next: writing with crappy pens, even worse.) Plus, Moleskine now has limited edition Lego notepads. You would think that means it’s for kids. It’s not. Or if it is, what do you care? Buy a Hemingway notepad with a Lego on it. Maybe it will remind you of some charming childhood story that becomes the perfect college essay. Whatever. We like to write. We especially like to write in Moleskine notepads. If you don’t like to write, at least like your writing stuff. Or don’t. Whatever. We already went to college — this is to help you.
There are, like 1000 grammar sites. We love words and we think we’re funny, so we like Grammarly because it’s all about words and it’s pretty funny. We’re self-aware enough to realize that our version of a good time might not strictly align with yours. Because we’re geeky, this can turn into a time suck as one ‘interesting’ grammar rule piques our interest in another and suddenly we’re knee deep in crap that we will never, ever need to use unless we’re addressing the Queen. Anyway, we feel confident that this won’t happen to you. Just use it for a more entertaining way of checking your grammar. Don’t try to use this while writing your first draft — it will perfect that sentence, but at the risk of you losing your flow, and any writer will tell you to protect your flow at all costs. We tend to just put squiggly lines under the sentences that we know are crap and keep trucking. Then, visit a source like this once you’ve got your first version down.
Another grammar site. We like this one because it’s easy to navigate, and still fun, but a little less distracting than Grammarly. We still waste time learning the proper use of “hypocorisma”. And we’re amused by the frenzied posts about the overuse of absolutely. But besides all that, we just like how they write. On interjections: “They often seem disreputable, like sullen idlers loitering in a public thoroughfare, but they actually do a lot of hard work and are usually persnickety about the tasks to which they are put.” The word duh has never been treated so well.
Check it out. One to start with: 7 Grammatical Errors That Aren’t. Bet you anything you then wander to 40 Yiddish Words You Must Know followed byYours Faithfully or Yours Sincerely.