August 19

Birthdays: Samuel Richardson (1689), Ogden Nash (1902), James Gould Cozzens (1903), John Dryden (1631), Ring Lardner, Jr. (1915), Frank McCourt (1930), Jack Canfield (1944), Greg Jonathan Coe (1961), Veronica Roth (1988)

Tip: A malapropism is the misuse of one word for another in a comical manner, such as “I took him for granite.” (instead of “granted”). They can be used for effect, but don’t overuse.

Thought for the day: “Keep Scribbling! Something will happen.” – Frank McCourt

Jumpstart: I had to stop it somehow. I’d buried too many friends…and enemies. But how? I’d given everything I could and still…

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