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Happy National Grammar Day…Song!

Happy National Grammar Day [US] and Happy World Book Day [UK]!!  To devoted grammar geeks and English language lovers everywhere: this is your day!  Let the celebrations begin!

Move over Strunk and White.  Make way for Martha Brockenbrough, author of Things That Make Us [Sic] and Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and The Grammar Devotional, the new bibles of English grammar. They also created the holiday and the website National Grammar Day, a destination for all your grammar questions and answers.  And, as if that wasn’t enough, they wrote a Grammar Day song:

Well, they tried. I love the idea anyway. Grammar girls, suggestion for next year: a song contest for the best grammar rap song to be featured on National Grammar Day.

I mean who wouldn’t want to hear a rap song that includes the words “gerund”, “dangling participle” and “pluperfect”?  I ask you.

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WriteOn! Online Q&A with Debra Eckerling

Go here to read the interview with me and WriteOn! Online’s founder/owner Debra Eckerling about the writing and publication of The Metal Girl.

Debra is a professional writer and public speaker who supports writers “of all abilities, genres and specialties” with her live and now online WriteOn! gatherings. Based in Los Angeles, WriteOn! Online networks with writers worldwide.

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Sorry for the hiatus…

Good morning, readers. Where has this month gone? I apologize for the long hiatus in posting, but I’ve been out of town and then busy creating new projects, which I will let you know about when they are more tangible. 

I’m working on a new post this morning, which should be up in a few hours.

Regards, JS

Ladies Who Launch Great Thoughts

Arianna and me If you’re wondering who is the woman standing next to Arianna Huffington in this photo, it’s none other than your fearless blogger JS.  Many thanks to Courtney Newman, who took this picture for JS Media Blog.  Yes, I’m short but please note that Ms. H. is wearing flats, because, as she candidly told the gathered crowd of 400 women, she can’t wear heels anymore.

I met the ever gracious Arianna Huffington this past Saturday at an event called “Ladies Who Launch Live”, which was held  in Carson City, Ca., at the headquarters of Dermologica, one of the sponsors of the all day conference. (For those non-SoCals, that’s a little south of LAX.)  Ladies Who Launch is an organization founded by Victoria Colligan and Beth Schoenfeldt, who quit their corporate day jobs and started a company that encourages and supports other women who also want to quit their day jobs and start their own companies. The organization and website offer workshops and services to women entrepreneurs, whom they claim launch differently than men.

Ms. Huffington was one of the keynote speakers, along with best-selling author Jackie Collins, and an assortment of other entrepreneurial women with businesses and books. In her workshops and new book Zero to Zillionaire: 8 Foolproof Steps to Financial Peace of Mind, financial advisor Chellie Campbell teaches how to reduce financial stress [move over Suze Orman] and affirms affirmations: “People love to give me money;” “I make lots of money doing the things I love”.  And my personal favorite: “My affirmations work, even if I don’t believe in them”.

On the lighter side was syndicated humor columnist Lisa Earle McLeod and author of Finding Grace When You Can’t Even Find Clean Underwear.  Even the founders of LWL now have a book coming out soon, called Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship & Creativity As A Lifestyle, which they wrote with Amy Smart, coordinator of the LA chapter of LWL.

Ms. Huffington offered insights from her book Becoming Fearless: in love, work and life and shared how she has handled her personal and professional life and struggles and how she launched her own entrepreneurial effort–The Huffington Post.  She also announced–and we can’t wait for this–that she is about to launch a second blog called “23/6”, which will be a satirical look at politics and the news.  As she described it, the new site will be a 24/7 blog in the style of The Colbert Report, except “you know we’re busy so we can only do it 23/6”.   It’s even funnier when she says it in that signature Greek accent.

Jackie Collins, who couldn’t be more genuine or more unlike her scandalous characters, spoke to us in a deliciously still discernible British accent about being a teenager in Hollywood, her writing process, her two independent daughters and her wildly successful career.  Statistics hard to grasp are the fact that she has sold 400 million books in a career that has spanned almost four decades, while each of her 26 books are still in print.  For those who wanted, she signed her latest in paperback Lovers & Players and announced that #27, a new Lucky Santangelo novel called Drop Dead Beautiful, will be out in June. 

After a long day of listening, meeting, card swapping, and being inspired to launch with hundreds of other women, it was awfully nice of sponsor Naturalizer to give us each a pair of comfortable shoes.  A little Oprah moment there. 

So, what am I launching?  My freelance career, of course.  “I make LOTS of money doing the things I love”.

Welcome to The “M” Word

Welcome to my first blog. I’ve been thinking about writing this blog for a while now, and since I’m in the process of writing a book about PR and the new media, I thought this would be a good time to start.

In my opinion, this is a very exciting time to be a  communicator. There are so many new outlets for self-expression in general and the written word in particular. In this blog, I will look at the many aspects of the press, public relations, and the media–the “M” word–in the digital age. I want to keep current with new developments, not only in technology but in the language that we use both to describe new technology and  to communicate in it.

Why do I call it “the M word” ?    

The word “Media” these days is so overused that it begins to be devoid of any meaning. It has been used to describe any number of types of communications and professions, and so much maligned, that it’s starting to take on an undertone of something ominous. The great media conspiracy.  To me,  “Media” is becoming  a new four-letter word. Five is the new Four?  So much so, that I can’t say the “M” word without wincing myself these days. 

In this Blog, I will write about all things “M”, from new technology to old school print. I come to you as a creative person, a writer and a public relations professional who has traveled in the changing terrain of communications for decades.

I aim to bring back the “M” word to its proper place, as the rightful means to communication in a country that, above all else, loves its freedom of self-expression.

I look forward to your comments and feedback.  Please note the many ways you can RSS feed this blog on the right hand sidebar.  Blog on!