Ronald Kidd - July 2019

What would you enjoy? How can I help?

As I sit down to write this month’s newsletter, I’m amazed to see that I’ve written 24 of these things. The first was sent two years ago, in July 2017. 

Early on, I asked what you would enjoy reading in the newsletters. Based on your comments, I’ve provided behind-the-scenes glimpses of my books, writing process, and life adventures, as well as some quick book and movie reviews.

I’d like to ask again. The question is more immediate this time, because in addition to sending a monthly newsletter, I’m beginning more frequent posts on my website and soon will launch a Facebook author page, where you can respond to my posts and start a conversation.

What subjects have you enjoyed? What would be useful? I’d love to get your ideas and suggestions. One idea, for example, is to do some interviews with school librarians and publish them in my blog.

You can email me here.

You’ll find the latest posts on my website homepage here.

An archive of past newsletters, plus signup information, is here.

Facebook author page: Coming soon!

Phrases That Clang in My Ear

You’ve all experienced it. A phrase enters the world. You become dimly aware of it. You start hearing it more frequently. Soon it seems that everyone is using it. And it begins to clang in your ear, like an old cowbell or a rusty tin can. Here are some phrases that clang in mine. 

Sooner rather than later
Why not say “Longer rather than shorter” or “Better rather than worse”?
Suggestion: How about just “Soon”?

In real time
On the ground

We spend so much time in virtual reality, we now feel the need to tell people when we’re discussing real reality.
Suggestion: Drop these. Unless noted, time is real and life is on the ground.

Bored of
Excited for

How do prepositions become linked to verbs? I get bored with some things and excited about others; but my daughter gets bored of some things and excited for others. (Of course, our lists are quite different.) Where did these prepositions come from, and why?
Suggestion: None in particular. Just wondering.

This too appears to be generational, or maybe regional. When we moved from L.A. to Nashville, we noticed that people said Hey instead of Hi. Now everyone seems to say it—friends, clerks, radio hosts. I often use it myself. It feels more informal somehow. Not sure if that’s good or bad, but sometimes it clangs in my ear.
Suggestion: You’re on your own.

Of course!
The category is responses to Thank you. I’ve noticed two rounds of changes. For a while the response was Thank you, as if to assure the speaker that, by God, I’m as thankful as you are. Apparently that didn’t work, because now people—waiters most egregiously—have started responding with Of course! Maybe I’m just paranoid, but along with that phrase I always hear the unspoken words idiot. As in, I can’t believe you even said that.
Suggestion: You’re welcome.

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