October has been a rollercoaster. The biggest news to come out of it for me? I have a new job! I’m due to start in December, and so will spend November winding up my clients, hitting the last of the deadlines to which I’ve committed and preparing myself mentally, emotionally and physically (suits! I need suits!) for a return to corporate work life.
Aside from that, our little family has been keeping on keeping on. Dress-up days, birthday parties, cuddles, fun, shenanigans…
And reading. Here are my top picks for this month.
Language and writing
This piece from Roslyn Petelin for The Conversation is lots of fun. A quick observation on the (un)ruliness of rules and language’s propensity for constant change then leads into her top eight word crimes.
Youse guys know how much I love a discussion about youse! So here’s a recent one from the US on the need for a second person plural pronoun that isn’t the same as the second person singular.
Language change is constant, and language change is often subtle. This piece outlines four such changes currently taking place in the English language.
I’ve linked to Allison’s words before, and will no doubt do so again. This month, I’m sharing a guest post she’s written for Deborah McCallum, about the 10 superpowers that writers can have, and how each and every child has (or can develop) at least one of them. Identifying it can help them develop confidence in – and passion for – their writing.
Food for thought
October was interesting around the blogging traps on the interweb. And this article from Ellen of Potential Psychology fame was a fabulous result. Trolls, kings, queens and sneetches all get a run in this overview of social forces driving our behaviour.
A dear friend of mine is from the US, and has been living in Australia for seven years. Earlier this month, Dawn shared on Kangaroo Spotting what it was like to discuss the current election shenanigans with people here versus with her friends and family back in the US. It’s an interesting (and, for her, disheartening) read.
The headline says it all. A great read from Ben McLeay for SBS Comedy.
Another month, another Facebook Live for Mumtastic. This time, I spoke about meal planning. And revealed waaaaay too many secrets at the end! #EmilyforOscars2017 #VoteNow
That’s what caught my eye on the interweb this month. What were your top web reads of October?