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Have you thanked a “grammar Nazi” today?

Image from Wikimedia CommonsYou’re in the middle of a heated discussion on social media. You blurt out, “Your stupid for believing that!” He replies, “*You’re*” You reply, “Well, *you’re* a grammar Nazi!”

I hate the term “grammar Nazi.” It minimizes the crimes committed by actual Nazis, and it’s not cruel and unreasonable to expect people to use language properly. But if you ever encounter someone you’d call a “grammar Nazi,” you should thank them. Here are some reasons why.

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So, you want to write a political novel…

One of the best political novelsEveryone is concerned about politics these days, so you might be thinking about writing a political novel. After all, 1984 topped bestsellers lists this year, and The Handmaid’s Tale was made into a hit series on Hulu.

If you want to write a political novel, be careful. Agitprop makes for some horrible fiction.

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An interview with Joannes Rhino

Matthew Arnold Stern at Indie Author Day in AnaheimI was interviewed by Joannes Rhino about writer’s block, fiction, being a cubicle author, and more. Check it out here.

Why you should post reviews

Amiga review on Inkitt

I admit that this post is self-serving. I want to encourage readers of my novel Amiga to post reviews of it on the Inkitt site. Inkitt uses reviews as part of their algorithm to select books to publish. If you’ve read Amiga and haven’t posted a review on Inkitt, please do so.

And if you still need reasons to write a review about Amiga or any novel — as well as any product and service — please read on.

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The cycle of outrage

Hamster wheel (from Wikimedia Commons)Do you feel like you’re stuck in a hamster wheel of never-ending political news? No matter what bad or outrageous thing happens, something comes along to top it. There is no respite and no place to avoid it. It occupies your mind, hijacks your conversations, and shades your relationships.

We are stuck in a cycle of outrage. Let’s look at how it works.

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