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Solving a word puzzle with help from the blogosphere

3 September, 2007 Posted by Joanna As Snippets

Who will help the writer find her way through this perplexing word puzzle?

The new blogger was trying to end writing procrastination, when out of the blue she found herself tripping over words, wrongly used . You might think this is strange, but even for a confident writer such things can happen at times. Our brave and quirky hero knew exactly what to do — manage your writing - but our brave and quirky hero still found herself with all capitals, unnecessary punctuation and redundant words.

Seeking help for this dilemma, our hero headed down the road to writing, clear and simple.

The road passed three creatures — each of them was more interesting than the next. The first was looking it up in the dictionary. The second was writing a social media press release. The third was writing great ezines and blogs. Our brave and quirky hero ran the rest of the way, and when she got there, she got another surprise!

“How do I become a better speller?” our hero exclaimed.

“Stop asking questions,” the conversational dynamo answered.

“I was practicing writing in different styles , when out of the blue I realized writing a link post may be less like a party and more like hard work.” our brave and quirky hero said, knees shaking.

“Could you spare a remedy for writer’s cramp?”

And so it passed that the blogging queen in the swirling teal green dress gave our brave and quirky hero ten essential reference sites for writers AND a large tub of ice cream and all was well.

You might think this is strange, but in word talk from the blogosphere such things happen all of the time.

I’m not sure the story makes perfect sense but it seemed like a fun way to highlight some great posts from my writing blog roll, to respond to Liz’s most recent writing challenge, to say a belated happy blog day to fellow bloggers who are writing about writing, and to offer something ‘blog lite’ for those lucky readers in the US who are on holiday today

PS Although it might not make perfect sense, please be assured no apostrophes were harmed in the making of this story

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Yvonne Russell September 3, 2007

You’ve got me hooked on story posts, Joanna. I did three in a row last week. This one is lots of fun too! Great job!

Liz StraussNo Gravatar September 3, 2007

Hi Joanna!
I so enjoyed reading that! Thanks for taking on the challenge in your overachieving wonderfully, intelligent, write-like-it’s-water style. :)

Joanna YoungNo Gravatar September 3, 2007

Hi Yvonne, I saw and really enjoyed your story posts. I’m glad you’re hooked! I wouldn’t advise getting hooked on this level of link mania though - it was fun, but hard work…


Joanna YoungNo Gravatar September 3, 2007

Hi Liz, I’m glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the feedback. I have to point out though that you didn’t see me tearing my hair out yesterday afternoon with bits of crumpled paper strewn all over the floor!


Jeanne DininniNo Gravatar September 4, 2007


Cute story! You did a wonderful job incorporating some tough post titles into a surprisingly coherent whole! Quite a creative challenge, I’m sure!

Thanks for the link-even more so because I realize how difficult it is to create a large number of them in a single post!

Great work!

Joanna YoungNo Gravatar September 4, 2007

Thanks Jeanne

It was a challenge but I did enjoy it. My favourite part was picking out the most amazing, appropriate or challenging post titles. It’s quite phenomenal what you guys come up with!


Laura September 4, 2007

It’s very clever! You’ve shown that you truly are a wordsmith.

(Thanks for the link.)

Joanna YoungNo Gravatar September 4, 2007

Thanks Laura. I think I’ve also shown that I’m easily distracted by puzzles!


Karen WallaceNo Gravatar September 11, 2007

Wow Joanna. I am so impressed - I bow to you, oh queen of story blogs! What a link fest! (Thanks, too, for linking to me).

Whilst I love this - I don’t think I’d ever have the patience to do it. Who knows, if the world stops spinning long enough for me to get a couple of free hours, then…

nah, think I’d rather catch up on my sleep ;-)

Joanna YoungNo Gravatar September 11, 2007

Hi Karen, it’s good to hear from you.

You know I’m not sure I would recommend it, but it’s like I say, I’m easily distracted, and am still new enough to this medium to enjoy playing with its possibilities…


ann michael September 13, 2007

Joanna - that was great. These stories were really fun to write, hard to have make sense (which you did, brilliantly), and took a REALLY long time!!!! Glad you joined in - you’ve got some great links there. Ann

Joanna YoungNo Gravatar September 13, 2007

Hi Ann, thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you enjoyed the story.

I loved checking out all the contributions from the brave (crazy?!) souls that rose to Liz’s challenge - including your own

It’s proved a great way to write, read and make new links :-)

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