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Do Not Capitalise Internet and Web Anymore

According to poynter.org, the Associated Press editors have decided that Internet and Web shall no longer be capitalised.  They have recently updated their style guide and felt that these words were now generic.  Their decision was also closely aligned with a growing tend to leave them all lower-cased.  Agree?  Disagree?

Personally, I disagree.  Normally words become generic when they are applied to other brands of the same product.  Xerox, Kleenex and Jell-O are notable examples of this, their trademarks became commonly used terms.

Does this apply to the Internet?  When you sign up through your local provider do you subscribe to an internet or the Internet?  Do you have a choice?  Are there multiple global interconnected networks that are ubiquitous?  I know of none, do you?

To me, it makes senses that Internet remain capitalised since it is an entity.  We may not think of it and many have no idea how it works, but does that matter?  Either way, what is done is done!

Though this should provide more ammunition to Grammar Nazis! The horror!

Stop the Presses!

During the past few years, when not otherwise occupied,I have been catching up on the classics.  Some of these have included 1984, Les Trois Mousquetaires and Frankenstein.

One lovely word discovered too late to prevent some serious hair pulling!

Lacking from this collection of literature was the presence of any Canadian classics.  Hence, for the first time since university I took it upon myself to catch up on some Canadiana.

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Young girl hiding behind baggage at a train station

Enter Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, part of a series which I am reading while I review The Grand Project.  These books have inspired generations of readers, exported Canadian culture to the Land of the Rising Sun and reminded resistance fighters of what they were fighting for.

So why had I missed the bandwagon before now?  Even after I paid a visit to Prince Edward Island? Who knows! However, I feel that having a child now allows me to appreciate the stories.

I must confess however that I now wish I had read these books earlier.  Perhaps I may not have been ready for them or been appreciated the works, but it would have certainly introduced me to a very special word: Moonglade.

I came across this word while reading the Anne of Avonlea and may not have noticed had Lucy Maud Montgomery not decided to make a character explicitly define the word.  It describes the shimmering path of silvery light that is reflected off the moon onto a body of  water.

One lovely word discovered too late to prevent some serious hair pulling when describing a scene from The Portrait!  To think that word was just waiting for me, and all it needed was to pick-up the right set of Canadian classics.

I will probably make a point of it to use that world in future literature.  A shame that The Grand is nestled in the mountains!

Up for a Little Participation?

Who’s Up For A Little Audience Participation? on jenniferderrick.com

Jennifer Derrick has made a novel proposal.  Every week she plans to post an image that is meant to get our creative juices flowing.  If we so choose, we can can post a link to content that was created using the image as inspiration.

She will in turn compile a digest and distribute to her various networks.  Jennifer compares it to a flash writing challenge and I love it!  Could be a great way to get motivated, draw out some  creativity and share with others!

Creator of Worlds

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Role-Playing Game Toolset on Inkarnate

Authors often create worlds, while some are more drastic than others; the fact remains that it’s difficult keeping a clear image in our minds.  When reading through the Lord of the Rings, I found that the map provided came in handy.  This reference kept locations fresh in my mind while maintaining perspective.

I came across this link on my Google+ feed.  It features a role-playing tool set from Inkarnate, which permits you to create beautiful and detailed maps.  While perhaps not publishing quality, this certainly permits an author to sketch out their world.  This alone would go a long way towards preventing the introduction of inconsistencies into their prose!

This tool would have been invaluable in the early stages of The Grand Project. The review process led me to discover how  the hotel had not always written to be in the same place!