Taboo or Not Taboo?
The word of the day for May 13, 2013: TABOO
When I was in the fourth grade I walked a grueling half mile to profess my undying love to Stephanie Nelson. I picked some flowers along the way, which I hid behind my back as I rang the bell. Stephanie’s mother answered.
“Can I help you?”
“Is Stephanie home?”
“Yes, I’ll get her.”
A few moments later Stephanie Nelson was before me in all her glory. I handed her the flowers, stammering…full article →
Ten years ago today, oneword™ flickered to life. Since then we have illuminated the lives of tens of thousands of writers (or at least helped to free them from a bout or two of writer’s block).
As I wrote a few months back, oneword™’s very first word (or lack thereof) was “astroturf.” Here are […]full article →
Review: iA Writer for iPad
I love my iPad for many reasons—its capacity for creative writing is not one of them.
That all changed the second I fired up this $0.99 pearl. Of course, writing is much more pleasant on my laptop, however, iA Writer at least makes it so I can write on my iPad in a way that […]full article →
Dropping the F-Bomb
I’ve written about my criteria for moderation of oneword.com entries before. This post is very specific, prompted by an ever-growing pattern I’ve noticed over the last few years. Let me start with one example:
The day’s word: bee
“Nothing more than a struggling person trying to live their lives off […]full article →
In an earlier post, I had mentioned being anti-stupid.
This was in response to multiple (some harsh and rude) allegations of the site being against freedom of speech. This, to me, is not only comical—but the antithesis of oneword.
Rather than being anti-stupid, I would like to offer a revised, more accurate […]full article →
Inspiration is a tricky little son of a bitch.
Really. Inspiration’s mother was the daughter of Necessity, the mother of Invention, who was the daughter of Repetition, the mother of Skill (from her first marriage), who was widely known to be a ranting, annoying, bitch.
The more we write, the less we die.
We want […]full article →
An Open Letter from oneword.com
(via our Facebook page)
We’ve had quite a few people accusing us of being anti-freedom of speech lately. Not the least of which was someone saying “Fuck you” on our Facebook page earlier today.
Really, we’re all for freedom of speech. We’re PRO-freedom of speech. We’re PRO-stream of consciousness. We’re only anti-stupid.
How do we […]full article →
After a certain amount of development, there’s a point in writing in which characters begin to take on a life of their own; begin to write themselves.
Being somewhat of a self-help junkie, or just plain selfish, I asked myself:
What have I done to develop my character?
The reason that fictional characters begin to […]full article →
The Kids Are All Write
Over the years, I’ve received numerous inquiries from teachers wanting to use oneword.com in their writing classes. Explaining that “they would use it now, but there’s no profanity filter.” I respond cordially. But my gut response is, “fuck that.”
Interesting that a four-letter word or picture of naked human bodies throws everyone into an upheaval. […]full article →
The Funeral Photographer
This is not a service I recall having seen advertised. Still, I felt compelled to assume the position yesterday at my brother-in-law’s memorial service.
There are obvious reasons why no one would want their picture taken at a funeral:
it’s something they’d rather forget their makeup is running and they look like a train wreck […]full article →