Dialect in Print
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April 29, 2023
It is a year later. I guess it is time to start putting things up on this website again. Unfortunately, I have used my program for constructing these pages so rarely that I'm going to have to review Dreamweaver in order to do it. I am retired, so I probably will be putting up information about healthful eating rather than writing, but I don't know. Let me play it by ear. I don't think anyone is reading these pages any way.
April 21, 2022
I submitted the second edition of my Syntax book today. It will be for sell next week. It is available online. Check out it and my other Guides to Writing Style.
February 27, 2022
Wow, seven years later. Covid drove me to retirement. So now I may have time to work on my books and this website. Check back to see what I may add. I have lots of good pictures to put on here from Alaska, Spain, and Peru. And I plan to put up information about any thing interesting to me—maybe even doing some more blogging.
February 22, 2015
Lots of new stuff on my blog. Check it out. I have a couple of entries about English poetics.
February 1, 2015
It's cold this morning, so I made oatmeal and made a post about cooking oatmeal.
February 1, 2015
I wrote a 1,100 word post for my blog page today. It's important information for writers about the use of passive and active voice. There's lots of misunderstanding about how to use them. I'll have more about the subject in another post soon.
January 30, 2015
I have a new posting on my blog page: Southwestern Literature: An almost Forgotten Book of an almost forgotten Author. It's about Hold Autumn in Your Hand and its author George Sessions Perry.
I have a new blog on "The prejudice against coordinating conjunctions at the first of a sentence" here. It also features three translations of the first chapter of the book of Jonah, from that of Wycliff in the late 14th century to the present day New Revised Standard Version.
January 21, 2015
I'm teaching an advanced composition class this semester. I had to have some kind of focus. Inexperienced as I was with blogging, i decided to make that one of my focuses. I also have a subtitle for the course "Finding a personal style through models." We will be looking at the works of writers from the eighteenth century until now to discover what techniques they have employed that we might make use of. We are reading parts of an ebook from our library about blogging, Bloggers Boot Camp. The authors of it write that anyone serious about blogging will write 1000 words five days a week. So I'm asking my students to do that. To be fair to them, I have agreed to write the same amount. So beginning last Wednesday I'm posting online through Tracs. And if I am going to that trouble, I've decided to make my posts available to every one. I will be mostly probing what I think are the possible answers to sticky questions about writing and literature, but I'm not looking for a niche. I may write on anything that interests me at the time I sit down to write. My friend Jim said that I should write about racquetball, and I may. Although I have only been playing for three years, I love it, and I am telling my students to write about subject for which they have a passion. My posts can be found by clicking here.
Here is a poem and image of mine from last November.
May 21, 2014
I'm back. After three years of not adding things to this page. I'll begin by featuring my lastest writing book, Skinny Writing: A Guide to Concise Prose For Writers and Editors. It's available at Amazon and other on-line book stores. Here is more about it.
have a new page of images of handles, knobs,
and hinges of furniture. These were taken at the Round Top Antique Fair
on March 30. Here is one of the images.
20 , 2010.
October, I took pictures of an unusual stone house. In the 1930s, the
builder made use of many different kinds of rocks, and he built birdhouses
and beehives into the walls. I have added
images of the wall of the house today.
3 , 2010.
went to the Round Top area last week for the antique shows. I have a
page of images showing some
of the things I saw.
back from San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, where they have been celebrating
the two-hundredth year since Ignacio Allende and Father Hidalgo began
the revolt against Spanish rule. I took a lot of pictures, and I have
placed some of them on line here
today. One of them is of a statue of Allende.
been busy teaching, so I am just now getting around to posting some
of the wildflower pictues I took during
this wonderfully wet Spring.
are from my Mexican Buckeye Tree.
And here are other
flowers—all white from our Rusty Black Haw tree, our Pyracantha,
and our blackberries.
Bells is available at Amazon.
I sent to my printer my second collection of poetry, Harness
Bells. It will be available eary in June. Here is an image
of the cover.
I put up images of the new sanctuary
of St Mark's Episcopal Church. It's at 3039 Ranch Road 12 in San Marcos.
new? The year. And my punctuation book is now available at Amazon.
And I put some comments on one of John Muir's essays in my nature writing
Metaphor Runs Through It: Agency in John Muir’s “Windstorm
in the Forest.” I wrote this several years ago when I was
teaching nature writing. Here is a pdf
of the comments.
Purposeful Punctuation: A Syntactic
Guide to English Punctuation—Writing Style 3 to the printer
today. It should be available at Amazon in a couple of weeks.
I have put up two more pages of images, these of the Chisos Basin in
Big Bend National Park. I have general images
and images of Casa Grande.
added some November images today.
went to the Fredericksburg Antigue Show Saturday. It was not as good
as formerly, but I took a few pictures
am adding to the
page a pdf of corrections to some of the answers to the practice exercises.
have added October Images of Palo Verde
in Bloom, across from St. Marks Episcopal Church on the Texas State
have selected images from the Fall Antigue
Fair in Round Top.
7 , 2009
have more images from San Miguel de
Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
4 , 2009
have a new page of images of Saguaro
National Park, outside of Tucson.
2 , 2009
have finished my revision of Purposeful Punctuation and plan to have
it to the printer this month.
is a pdf document of
have new images of my trip to Mexico.
I will put up more soon.
is available at Amazon.com.
With The Fox is there,
House Books has two new books at the printers. They will available to
buy from Amazon and other online bookstores later in July. Here is an
image of the cover of Trotting With The Fox. The fox pictures
were taken by Angie Campbell-Johnson. See other images by her at http://www.soulprintstudio.com/.
second book available in July is the
second literary history in the series, A Cavalcade of Oilfield Novels.
The new book surveys novels written about the discovery of oil in Texas
oilfields from Spindletop until the present.
it's old, but I put on this site today an article I wrote in 1990 about
Andy Adams' use of a cowboy dialect
in his novels, particularly The Log of a Cowboy.
have put up some new images, pictures
from our garden today.
put new images up today, ones that
I took this morning. It's beginning to look like Spring.
too busy with doing school work, writing an essay about Cormac McCarthy's
The Crossing, and having a cold to get any pictures up.
had hoped to get my punctuation book to the printer before now, but
I keep adding material to it. I now plan to have it off by April.
Here is a punctuation quiz that I am adding.
plan to put on this site in the next few days much more material about
Southwestern Literature. My first new piece is a book review I wrote
several years ago about Charlotte Whaley's excellent biography
of Nina Otero-Warren.
have loaded more images for January. Some are of the
Aquarena Center and some are of tree
canopies. Here is a tree canopy from Aquarena—
put still more images up today in
the January section,
mostly from the land. What is the image below?
have new images for December and January.
put on line a website with images and information about my wife's collection
of Mason's Vista Ironstone in Brown. I have some images here
and others at her
put up some images I took this morning in the December
finished my November images and put up several new ones for December.
I've featured art and furniture for the first week. Click here for the
December images. Here is an example.
have just planned and begun to write the fourth in my series of guides
to writing style. This one is about word choice. I call it Word
Wisdom: A Guide to Selecting Words for Writers and Editors.
daily images for November are up. One is below. Click here
to see others.
still haven't finished checking over my punctuation guidebook. It looks
like after finals in December now.
getting close to finishing my Purposeful Punctuation.Writing
Style 3. I hope to have it out by the end of September. Check back here
for its progress. Answers for the Practice Tests are on the WS3
new books are now out from Orange House. They are available at Amazon.com,
BN.com, Alibris.com and Abebooks.com.
most recent is the first of my Cavalcade of Oilfield Novels.
It is Fountain Wells.
other is another of my Guides to Writing
March 8, 2008
first writing guide is availble at amazon. Here
is more information about it.
have just returned from New Mexico. Here is one of the images I captured
with my new Nikon D40X. It is looking East from the Jemez Pueblo Visitor
others from the loop, starting at Los Alamos
and ending at the visitor center.
couple of weeks ago I wrote a poem about the oak wilt that I see as
I drive to school. This weekend I went down State Highway 473 to Comfort
This is still a beautiful drive in spite of the many oaks which are
dying of oak wilt. I took a couple of pictures. Here are two pictures
and the poem—oak wilt. I have another
page about oak wilt.
haven't put up anything on this website recently . I have been busy
teaching and working on my books on writing style. But today I took
some pictures. Fall is here except that it is still quite hot. These
are some of the pictures that I took of my favorite rock. It's at the
front of my property. I call it my Henry Moore or Barbara Hepworth.
Normally my meadow doesn't have this much grass, but this summer we
had lots of rain.
mounted on the site are some of my Trotting
With the Fox poems and Images of the Central Texas Grey Fox by Angie
me if you have any
questions or comments.
Cavalcade of Oilfield Novels
Novels of Ontario, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia
Oilfield Novels of Texas
With the Fox
A Guide to the Grammar of Successful Writers—
Writing Style 1
A Guide to Building Sentences With Syntax And Logic—
Writing Style 2
A Syntactic Guide to English Punctuation—
Writing Style 3
A Guide to Concise Prose
for Writers and Editors—Writing Style 4
Books of Interest
Sites of Interest