Author: Alicia the Awesome

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Posted on February 7, 2018 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was amazing. I loved it. Much more than I thought I would—it was written in 1722, and I usually find older works difficult. But this…this was a masterpiece. I’m not even sure I can say that it was due to affection for Moll herself that I liked it. I found her rather difficult to relate to. She had a very bland personality and related her story quite objectively. Yes, there were some emotional moments, but it was mostly lack thereof. I mean, she went through men like crazy. She had to […]

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Introducing My New Editing Website

Introducing My New Editing Website
Posted on January 17, 2018 in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Hello everyone! I briefly mentioned this in a previous post but I have created an entirely new website for my editing services instead of just using a page on this website. It is aliciatheeditor.com and includes much more information than I had on this blog. I am a freelancer and I work with both companies and individuals so if you are in need of a copy editor for fiction, creative nonfiction, or shorter pieces, please check it out. All the information you  need should be there, but if you have questions, see the contact page […]

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The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth

The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
Posted on January 10, 2018 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points   This book is amazing. It’s super interesting, and the fact that every single etymological fact connects is really neat. I could listen to this guy for hours. There are so many fun facts about stuff we use every day. Just the other day as I was looking at my computer, I was wondering where Bluetooth came from, and last night I had my answer from the book. What’s funny is that he wrote the book so that when he was discussing etymology with people, he wouldn’t feel the need to trap them […]

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Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott Adams

Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott Adams
Posted on January 3, 2018 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was extremely funny. I think that in this series, the first and last books were definitely the best. The first one introduced a lot of key concepts that were explored in the next books, and the last one explored my favourite concept. It’s just…so applicable. Okay, there is the one argument that most weasels who provide a product or service probably won’t screw you over too much because they need to have a good reputation regarding customer service. If they screw you over then they lose your business, and you’ll make […]

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Merry Christmas! 2017

Merry Christmas! 2017
Posted on December 25, 2017 in holiday / 0 Comments

(source) Merry Christmas everyone! This year I’ve got something fun. On my other blog, I made a post about the history and etymology of Christmas, and it’s pretty interesting so go check that out. But that’s not quite as fun as what I’ve got over here. I made a word search using some of the key terms that I wrote about in the other post. The word search is below, so you can print it out and see how many words you can find. If you’ve got them all, let me know in the comments! […]

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Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook by Scott Adams

Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook by Scott Adams
Posted on December 20, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book is very different from the others. It is in the style of a handbook, so there aren’t page numbers, but there are sections and subsections. It includes a number of comics in each section, as usual, but there are no personal anecdotes, which sort of makes sense because this is coming from Dogbert and not Scott. It is also a bit more cynical than the rest, because while the other books only hint at the incompetence of management incidentally, often just one of the many problems contributing to the messed-up corporate […]

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The Joy of Work by Scott Adams

The Joy of Work by Scott Adams
Posted on December 13, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This was a real good one. It’s less about work and more about ways to find humour at the expense of others. That’s a paraphrase of the subtitle and really all there is to sum it up. The lessons can apply to many areas of life. There are lessons on how to be creative and a number of great pranks you can play. There are also good ways to deal with all types of horrible people that you wouldn’t want to interact with but unfortunately have to. Of course, none of these suggestions […]

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The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
Posted on December 6, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was the best. It was funny all the way through. I learned a lot, too. I learned that corporate life is very little getting things done and a lot of talking about the things that need doing. There is so much to the corporate world that isn’t work. I also learned a lot of jargon, too. At first it amazed me that such lingo was actually used, but then I realised that it doesn’t necessarily mean that the users are saying anything important. You can use a lot of lingo and […]

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How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams

How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams
Posted on November 29, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This was one of my textbooks for my Intro to the Study of Language class. It’s a brilliant textbook and I recommend it. The authors write with personality and the information is conveyed really effectively. It covers the very fundamental aspects of language, primarily the English language (but it also explains the IPA). It talks about phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, semantics, you name it. It finishes up with a very brief history of English (Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English) and a few thoughts on how it might be […]

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