Writing and . . . Sports?


I was out-of-town for a few days this weekend, and so I missed reading the news and, even more entertaining, the comments sections. Speaking for myself, I do tend to judge people on how they write, both in comments and on social media. As a professional, I try very hard to avoid errors and I correct them if I see them later. (Hint: most sites have an “edit” button!)

It drives me nuts to read things that professionals post that are full of mistakes – or simply ignorance. Why in the world would I want to read something longer that they’ve written, like a blog post or even a book??

So in the mail this morning, I received the following infographic from Grammarly with a kind request to add this to my blog. The first one didn’t surprise me at all – the fans who write most accurately are those who follow golf, a sport associated with hushed tones and calm announcers and well, let’s face it, a more high-falutin’ experience. Wrestling, at the bottom of the list, seems to call up loudspeakers, outrageous costumes, and wild and crazy fans. And, scrolling down, wrestling fans have a lot to say about their chosen sport!

What does this mean? Am I a sports snob? Probably. Honestly, though, while I find all things involving writing to be interesting, and I enjoy playing and watching some sports, I rarely comment on sports articles or blogs. Maybe never, actually – I can’t think of a time when I did.

Except when Albert went to LA. Yeah, there was that…

Living in STL, I’m a lifelong Cards fan,  but I’ve never taken my team’s wins or losses personally – and that goes about triple for any other sport. Okay, I’ll admit to giving some of my friends, who happen to be Cubs’ fans, a hard time now and again…or maybe during the entire season…but that’s just for fun. For me. Maybe not them? 😉

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RHP—Caught Between Two Curses


You might think it odd that a STL publisher, who is a huge Cardinals’ fan, would release a book about the Chicago Cubs. See, the thing is that it’s a REALLY GOOD BOOK. GO BUY A COPY.

(See what I did there? Subliminal message. Pay attention!)

At any rate, the thing is selling like hotcakes—yes, even Cards’ fans are reading this book—and author Margo L. Dill is a fabulous writer!

So, without further ado and/or secret messages (BUY THE BOOK—oops) here it is:

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Seventeen-year-old Julie Nigelson is cursed. So is her entire family. And it’s not just any-old-regular curse, either-it’s strangely connected to the famous “Curse of the Billy Goat” on the Chicago Cubs. Julie must figure out this mystery while her uncle lies in a coma and her entire love life is in ruins: her boyfriend Gus is pressuring her to have sex, while her best friend Matt is growing more attractive to her all the time. Somehow, Julie must figure out how to save her uncle, her family’s future, and her own love life-and time is running out!

You can purchase Caught Between Two Curses HERE or HERE!