I’m Maeve Maddox, the language writer at Daily Writing Tips (DWT). Welcome to my site.
Since November 2013, most of my writing efforts have gone into producing seven articles a week for the DWT site. Now, however, I’m getting back to other projects so I’m updating this site in the hope of establishing a connection with my readers—those I already have and any who may become interested in my other writing.
My interest in English language and literature is rooted in popular culture. I love movies, especially those of the Thirties and Forties. I’m in the process of gathering my film reviews, book reviews, and general essays onto this site. Whenever something in my life or in the news moves me sufficiently, I’ll write about it on Maeve’s Page.
One of my enthusiasms is the historical figure Joan of Arc. In addition to academic books and essays about her, I’ve published a film guide to six well known movies, beginning with DeMille’s Joan the Woman (1917) and ending with Besson’s The Messenger (1999).
Works in Progress
The Fabergé Flute: I’m in the process of marketing a cozy mystery that has been in and out of drawers for longer than I care to admit.
Maeve Maddox On Language: My first essay for Daily Writing Tips was published May 30, 2007. Since then, I’ve written more than a thousand. I’ve decided to look them over and publish the most useful in printed book form.
Give Your Baby Words: Another project of mine is a series of booklets for parents. About half the children who begin school at the age of five already have a headstart on reading because they come to school with large vocabularies and hundreds of hours of exposure to books. The other half come to school as much as three years behind their more fortunate peers. Fourth grade reading statistics show that they never catch up.
Note: Sixty-six percent of all US fourth graders scored “below proficient” on the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reading test.
Parents can go a long way toward failure-proofing their children by providing them with essential vocabulary and reading exposure during the preschool years.