The goal of global English is to be intelligible. Not to speak or write impeccable Standard English but to communicate our meaning successfully to people whose English is different from our own.
Learning Global English is more use to most technical writers than learning a Foreign Language. And easier!
Doing business with my sister Lesley Evans is a rather special experience.
Recently she kindly agreed to do illustrations for three of my novels: they will be needed when I reformat my backlist as ebooks and publish them on Kindle.
I’m gearing up for Vancouver’s PLAIN2013 conference in October, and getting a bit excited. All the speakers have been asked to answer three questions for the conference blog:
You may wonder why we sometimes mention fiction on this business blog.
Simple. If you write at work, you need to write clearly and efficiently, and reading is essential for honing any writer's skills and sensitivities.
Stephen King said, "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write." He was talking to so-called creative writers, but the same rule applies to everyone who writes at work.
Once again I'm choosing Christmas books (the printed sort) to give my family.
Winnowing the wheat from the chaff, my first criterion is as crude as bog mud.
When I pick up a book six months after reading it, do I experience an immediate cinematic rush of images and characters and flavour? Or do I struggle to remember anything about this book at all? That happens far too often nowadays: the fault doubtless lies in my own synaptic inertia.
The following 10 books are not all favourites, by any means—I've enjoyed certain other books in 2012 just as much or more. These books do not all pass the Enjoyability Test, but they do all pass the Unforgettability Test.