Hello, November! And goodbye!
For our family, November saw lots of dancing lessons and our daughter’s first dance concert. It saw a blogging event and a meeting with Lah-Lah. It saw the discovery of MEGA-SIZED LINDT LINDOR, lots of cuddles, lots of Christmas prep and lots of fun.
Not so surprisingly, it featured cheesy grins aplenty.
It wasn’t all sunshiney happiness. Obviously, world events were less than happy. And I’m currently weaning myself off crutches after injuring my knee last week. (I was walking in a straight line on a flat surface. I am that talented.)
But the interwebs kicked lots of goals. Here are the ones I came across.
Family and life
Lydia C. Lee from Where the Wild Things Were had an epiphany. It’s about self esteem. And self-awareness. And believing in yourself without being consciously aware of it; without having to try. And Kanye. (Let’s face it: you can’t have a post about self esteem without mentioning Kanye.)
Language and writing
I had so many thoughts about Oxford’s Word of the Year announcement that I’ve already blogged them. But if you missed it, or are interested in reading more, check out the original announcement at the Oxford Dictionaries blog.
I verb. A lot. Earlier this year, I actually asked Susan Butler, editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, if verb as a verb had come across the Macquarie desk yet, and was genuinely surprised when she was genuinely surprised by my question. (Sorry. That’s a weird sentence, but I can’t be bothered unweirding it.)
So I love this piece by Katy Waldman at Slate. It starts with this: “We often think of parts of speech as immutable properties of words, but in some cases noun-ness and verb-ness are more like hair colors: You can switch them up without altering any core meanings.” And it gets even better. Fabulous read.
Along those same lines, this Wordplay column from David Astle talks about words, non-words and different categories of non-words. As a former marketeer myself, I both bemoan the overuse of -ify (and the underuse of -ly) and begrudgingly admit to contributing to its popularity with my love of verbification.
Food for thought
Where indeed? An interesting little thought kickstarter from singer/songwriter/actress/superstar Clare Bowditch on the music industry, awards and women. No answers. Just questions. And thinking music.
Ken Lay gave the keynote address on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Everyone on the planet should read it. More than once. Spread this link far and wide.
Just for laughs
Hilarity from Rebecca Bowyer at Seeing the Lighter Side. What will you do if it turns out your husband is a – GASP – closet feminist?
This month, I interviewed the owner and editor of GRAM magazine, Jess Hourigan, for beStella. Jess lives in Bendigo, commutes to Melbourne for a full-time job in corporate communications, and manages to run the monthly foodie magazine GRAM in all her spare time.
This month, I was also back at Flying Solo with the EPIC conclusion to last month’s punctuation post. Feel free to visit to learn about brackets, hyphens, dashes, the ellipsis, and our friends the question mark and the exclamation mark.
This month, I had the privilege of attending a Kids Business Bloggers Brunch to meet with other bloggers and brand representatives, and hear from some inspirational speakers. Channel Nine turned up to film the event and get the thoughts of the bloggers and brands in attendance.
That’s what I enjoyed reading on the interweb this month. What were your top web reads of November?