Monthly Archives: October 2013

Six-word science fiction

Excerpts from here:

We’ll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves.

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
– Joss Whedon

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
– Alan Moore

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
– Margaret Atwood

From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
– Gregory Maguire

The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
– Orson Scott Card

You might want to go read more of those…

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Strunk and White

Apparently Strunk and White (originally?) argued the following:

Contact. As a transitive verb, the word is vague and self-important. Do not contact people; get in touch with them, look them up, phone them, find them, or meet them.

People. The word people is best not used with words of number, in place of persons. If of “six people” five went away, how many people would be left? Answer: one people.

Personalize. A pretentious word, often carrying bad advice.
Personalize your stationery. –> Design a letterhead.

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Zeugma

Here’s a literary term I learned years ago and have been trying to remember every since: zeugma.

Examples:

He took his hat and his leave.

Eggs and oaths are soon broken.

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Facebook and divorce

“More than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook.”

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