And you may ask yourself: where are the honey bees? and the kopiko with their tired little faces? and why so many hurricanes on steroids and melting icebergs pulling apart our worlds, and pushing them together—and— tear gas, fire hoses, blasting at liberty and justice and peaceful protesters
Well. I'll tell you everything. But first— I lived in the green rolling hills above Honolulu and high schools and churches and parks From there you could see Diamond Head And for miles on trade-wind days a sea of smooth sapphire Our house was named Nu'umealani the heavenly terrace, because it floated over paradise with plumeria-scented air a charming place with pink-cheeked children rolling like chubby ohi'a'ai down manicured slopes Do you recall at night, how the lights silhouetted green geckoes munching pale-winged termites our lanai under which the summer glow spilled down the hill like a suicidal angel
Later our breath became steam spiriting the sky sated, we huddled together on that apron of emerald la…
The internet is full of editors and proofreaders who can polish your prose and proof your resumes. And for high-stakes projects, it is great to be able to hire someone to help you out.
Most of us can't afford to hire someone to look over everything that we write. That means we have to develop a basic proficiency on our own, lest we be at a disadvantage in this ever competitive world we live in.
That's the bad news. The good news is that there are lots of things that you can do on your own to strengthen your editing and writing skills.
“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Writing a daily blog is both incredibly easy and unbelievably difficult.
Easy, because it is fun. Way more fun than expected. Because when you have the right topic, the sentences just flow.
But when you don't, they are a bit more like glue. And by glue, I mean paste.
I'm a perfectionist. I had to learn to let go. I joined days before the challenge began, so didn't have time to learn about the mechanics of creating a better-looking blog. Things like mysterious extra spaces & colors showing up, when they weren't in the original or the font size only showing as HUGE or miniscule. My instinct was to tweak all of these until I got them right, including what I wrote, but I had to learn to post even when it wasn't perfect. Because the point of the challenge was to get something, anything, up every da…