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Plain English, Pretty Please!

Do you ever feel like the instructions for filing your taxes were written by robots? And thank goodness a U.S. passport is good for ten years because the process of renewing one makes me envy an Ikea manual – no words, just pictures. Pretty soon, on October 11, 2011 to be exact, we won’t be subjected...

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An age-old debate, put to rest.

We all know them - people who insist on putting two spaces after each period. I don't know about you, but reading a written piece with that many extra spaces makes my eyes hurt. This has been an ongoing source of contention between my husband and me - he insists on following the two-space rule despite my nagging him to...

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No Longer Striving for Greatness

Here at the Brilliant Ink offices, we frequently go off on little rants about words. Words that are really cool. Words that are used in corporate-speak and make no sense. Words that drive us crazy because they’ve been twisted around and used in a context that’s all wrong. Words that are so overused that they’ve almost lost their significance.Today I’d...

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A Little Pharma Fun

Let's face it, the pharmaceutical industry isn't necessarily known for approaching communications in fun, quirky ways - which is exactly why we perked up when we saw the YouTube video created by our friends at Novo Nordisk in honor of World Diabetes Day (which was November 14).The video features real employees dancing, singing and acting goofy, all in the name...

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Six-Word Memoirs

Here at Brilliant Ink, we were all intrigued when we discovered SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoir Project. The whole concept is based on a legend that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in just six words. He came up with: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Based on that concept, SMITH started asking its readers to submit their...

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A Little Laughter Goes the Distance

I've got running on the brain right now, and for good reason. I'll be running the San Francisco marathon this weekend. The nerves are definitely kicking in! I've been looking for a little last minute inspiration, and I recently rediscovered a list of funny sayings spotted on signs at marathons (courtesy of the SF Marathon training program weekly emails). They...

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Diary of a young girl

Here on the Brilliant Blog, we are commemorating Women's History Month by sharing our thoughts on some of the women who inspire us.For as long as I can remember, I've loved writing. And that passion was certainly inspired in no small part by Anne Frank. I read the Diary of Anne Frank when I was 13 years old - around...

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Arrgh! Writing’s Fun!

What do pirates have to do with writing skills? Everything, if you're an organization known as 826 Valencia. Founded by author Dave Eggers (one of my favorites) and educator Nínive Calegari in 2002, 826 Valencia is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps advance kids' literacy skills by providing after school tutoring, workshops and writing-based field trips.826 Valencia's writing lab is...

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Little screen, big numbers

How many hours of online video have you watched in the past month?  One? Two? Five? Online video consumption has skyrocketed. According to Nielsen, the average American watches 3 hours of online video per month - up nearly 50% from a year ago. There's hardly a show on T.V. that isn't accompanied by...

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