"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
Since the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate, the traffic's gone completely through the roof. By 10:30 p.m., today's traffic will surpass 25,000 visits, exceeding the blog's traffic for the entire month of May. In just two days, Sept. 1-2, the monthly total (28K+) is already more than the June total.