Pictures? Why Do I Need Pictures?

I'm an art school graduate, and in many ways a visual person. So when Kathleen and I discussed ways to improve the Nose last year, one thing we agreed on was that pictures are a good thing: They make the site look nice, they're more interesting in social media links, and they're fun. So most … Continue reading Pictures? Why Do I Need Pictures?


Flash Fiction Week VI: Fathers, Mothers, Others

I can't believe it's been over a year since our last week of flash fiction. And so we present: Flash Fiction week VI Topic: Fathers, Mothers, Others When: June 9--June 13 Word length: 500 words As usual, contact the editor to sign up, or leave a comment here and we'll get back to you. Update: … Continue reading Flash Fiction Week VI: Fathers, Mothers, Others

How to Keep Bloggers Happy: An Editor’s Guide

I've learned a few things from being the editor of the Nose. My goal is to help writers write regularly, and learn how to work with an editor. I've also learned a lot about how to work with writers along the way. This is written to other editors who might want to put a blog … Continue reading How to Keep Bloggers Happy: An Editor’s Guide

Skip day

There won't be an update today; Magnificent Nose returns on Wednesday 16 April with a guest post from former regular columnist Sara Goas.

Sandman: Overture 2

Anything written by Neil Gaiman is always worth waiting for. It's been almost four months since the first issue of Sandman: Overture came out, and I have the second issue next to me on the couch as I type this; I bought it late last week, and have since read it twice. Overture will clearly … Continue reading Sandman: Overture 2

Questions about Tech Writing

Over at the Writers Q&A site, the moderators have been trying to encourage questions about tech writing. Here are some recent questions I quite liked. (Questions lightly edited and condensed.) Bullets vs. Numbering: Which to use when? Question written by Pravesh Parekh A writer can either choose to use bullets or else stick to conventional … Continue reading Questions about Tech Writing

Life Happens

You'll be seeing fewer posts here at the nose for a little while. The editorial staff apologizes for this, and we hope we'll be back very soon with great articles four days a week. But until further notice, expect that postings will be less frequent.

Dear Readers

From: The writers and editors of Magnificent NoseTo: Our dear readers We love you all dearly. You've read what we wrote, been kind to us, and encouraged us. Of course, we'd like it very much of there were more of you--it sometimes feels like we're writing to a room of crickets--but we know that you're … Continue reading Dear Readers

As Numerous as the Stars in the Heavens

When young Jewish people come of age, we're traditionally called to the torah for the first time. And so, at his bar-mitzvah, my nephew would be reading the portion known as Lehk Lekha. I made my niece sister a painting for her bat-mitzvah. So of course I would be doing the same for my nephew. … Continue reading As Numerous as the Stars in the Heavens

A Jewish Christmas

"On the fifteenth day of the seventh month when you gather the land's produce, you shall celebrate YHWH's holiday seven days. [...] And on the first day you shall take fruit of appealing trees, branches of palms, boughs of thick trees, and willows of a wadi, and you shall be happy in front of YHWH, … Continue reading A Jewish Christmas