Consider prefacing your poem with a proem.


noun: An introduction, preface, or preamble.



From Old French proeme, from Latin prooemium, from Greek prooimion, from pro- (before) + oime (song). Earliest documented use: 1410.



“However, if one carries on reading beyond the proem and carefully examines the main body …”
Eleni Kechagia; Plutarch Against Colotes; Oxford University Press; 2011.


I love it when Wikipedia quotes me!

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Read my article on House of Burners. The roadtrip soundtrack of summer 2014!

Beyond Fabergé’s Easter eggs

Beyond Fabergé’s Easter eggs.

The House of Fabergé also created a full range of jewelry and other ornamental objects. Do a keyword search in the Artstor Digital Library for faberge to find miniatures including a chair, a shoe, a teapot, and even a bidet! You’ll also discover luxurious parasol handles, boxes and make-up cases, clocks, and more, including dazzling military insignias from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. And yes, of course, a great selection of eggs.

Sled Island Announces Full Lineup! : Sled Island



Sled Island Announces Full Lineup! : Sled Island.

*Follow the link to discover the recently announced “full line-up”!

Read my capsule bios on these of the exciting musical acts that are amongst the 250 band who will be performing at Calgary’s own benchmark music festival SLED ISLAND this June!

Bands I covered for the official Sled Island Festival Guide include:

Dan Deacon

Bry Webb

BA Johnston



Hag Face

The Nymphets

Pop Crimes

Red Sea


Bend Sinister

Doug Hoyer


The Mouthbreathers

Night Committee


What’s Wrong, Tohei

Fury Things

Johnny de Courcy and the Death Rangers

Black Atlass

Blitzen Trapper

Fresh & Onlys

La Luz


Utility: The difference between the Share button and 1 on Google

Utility: The difference between the Share button and 1 on Google | Social Marketing KingMoney.

Without the Share button, the only way to share without appreciate was, to paste, paste url directly in google+. But the user to laziness or lack of time, often omitted this hypothesis and therefore did not share the post or liked him only for share it.

With the Sharing button separate from the first, this can not happen again and now every user is free to share without giving a vote of preference.

When it comes to LinkedIn & me, timing is everything…

A classmate’s insights on when to finally hit “Accept”.

Mud Puddle Days

LinkedIn came to be in a time when my professional career lay charted beautifully on a calm, turquoise sea. Direction, support and learning opportunities stretched from me to the horizon. I dismissed each LinkedIn invite I received; confident that my real world, thriving professional network would never falter or disappear. And besides, I am a “people person”. Why would I ever want to develop and nurture relationships in cyber space when I could do it in-person? I never saw the hurricane coming until it hit…

In 2012, political and personal circumstances caused me to leave a career path I’d associated with forever. And with that professional shift, came too a shift in geography. In choosing me above all else, I chose to say goodbye to a professional world that knew and respected me. All of a sudden, I found myself in a world of anonymity.

Enter LinkedIn, right?! Not on your life! I…

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tintinquiff*Tintin and his quiff.





1. A tuft of hair brushed up above the forehead.
2. A woman considered as promiscuous.


For 1: Origin uncertain, perhaps from coif. Earliest documented use: 1890.
For 2: Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: 1923.


“Posters of the intrepid boy reporter with the quiff and funny pants plastered the city.”
Claire Rosemberg; Spielberg ‘Brings Tintin Home’ Hollywood-Style; Agence France Presse (Paris); Oct 22, 2011.

“A certain party got the quiff pregnant.”
William Deverell; The Dance of Shiva; ECW Press; 2004.

See more usage examples of quiff in’s dictionary.

Having a character meet his double is a plot device in fiction, but we have such doppelgangers in language as well. We call such words homonyms. A homonym is a word that has the same spelling and pronunciation as another word, but a different meaning.

A great example of a homonym is the word sound, which is really four different words under the same spelling and pronunciation:

sound (what you hear), from Latin sonus (sound)
sound (in good shape), from Old English gesund (sound, safe)
sound (to measure), from Old French sonder (to plumb)
sound (a narrow passage of water), from Old Norse sund (swimming, strait)

Homonyms typically start out as two very different words with different spellings. After centuries of wear and tear, they get smoothed into lookalikes, that is, having the same spelling.

This word definitely has its homonyms.



There is a rumor going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist. -Terry Pratchett, novelist (b. 1948)

Marketing: Finding and Selling to Non-Book Book Audiences

Marketing: Finding and Selling to Non-Book Book Audiences


A recent study showed that 30% of marketers reported that one of the chief benefits of a data-driven marketing approach was the ability to “deliver the next-best option to customers based on real-time and historic data.” Comps! Based on data!

In today’s world a few hundred dollars’ worth of Facebook advertising (intended strictly as inexpensive market research) will tell you whether you’ve got a non-book comp on your hands that is worth chasing.