Siren’s blog

Surprise: Your Draft is a Zero

Hold on a minute. I didn't say the draft was terrible. I said it was a "zero." That is totally different ... and useful to understand. I found this idea in the pages of the late great Peter Drucker, venerable founder of modern management, in an essay of his called "Know Your Time." The essay … Continue reading Surprise: Your Draft is a Zero

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Why the ‘Siren’ Changed Her Name to IC

I've been blogging on my own site since 2012. Why did it take me so long? My day job as deputy book review editor of the Los Angeles Times was full of writing and blogging. When I left the paper, I missed seeing my words in print. I didn't just miss it--I felt like I … Continue reading Why the ‘Siren’ Changed Her Name to IC

Amirite? Has the Digital Age Killed Good Writing?

It doesn't matter if you're posting something only for your friends or advertising your skills to an employer, good writing in the digital age still matters. Amirite? (My auto-correct is fighting me on that word.  It keeps telling me that what I really want to say is "emirate.") BuzzFeed's Emmy Favilla has published a new … Continue reading Amirite? Has the Digital Age Killed Good Writing?