You may know the name Maeve Maddox from my articles about English usage at Daily Writing Tips. I’ve also published books and articles about education, beginning reading, Joan of Arc, and film criticism under the names Margaret Joan Maddox and Peggy Maddox.
Born in Chicago, I grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, taught high school English in Rochester, New York, and spent seven years studying and teaching in London, England before returning to Arkansas.
Since my return, I’ve taught English and French in city and rural high schools, two-year colleges, and at the University of Arkansas.
Although no longer in the classroom, I still think of myself as a teacher.
You can find my teaching tips relating to reading instruction, spelling, grammar, and cultural knowledge at AmericanEnglishDoctor.com/.
Movie fans may be interested in A Joan for All Seasons: Joan of Arc in History and the Movies. a film guide to six 20th century feature films made about Joan of Arc. A movie fan myself, I’ll be adding movie reviews to the site from time to time.
Of interest to bloggers and social media users is Word Rage, a look at the errors and turns of phrase that often provoke hostility in readers, often without cause. The history of English, as well as basic grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling, are discussed in brief essays and mini-lessons.
Some people seem to have the idea that “good grammar” should not be expected from “ordinary people.” That, of course, is nonsense. Anyone who completes eight years of formal schooling can be expected to speak and write a form of Standard English when the situation calls for it. 100 Writing Mistakes To Avoid is a barebones style guide for “ordinary people.” It addresses the most common usage errors seen in web comments, blog posts, and advertising.
Thanks to services like Createspace and Lulu, everyone can be a published writer these days. Unfortunately, not everyone who publishes has bothered to learn the craft. If you’re thinking of writing a book, So You Want To Write is a good jumping-off place.
NOTE: Amazon still shows copies of an earlier edition of So You Want To Write with a white cover with a yellow border. Don’t buy that one.