It's the last day of the year and the first time I'm trying a blog. The word book I'm writing right now includes the word portmanteau. I would say that the word blog is itself a portmanteau. Would you agree?
I am the author of three books on language, "Wicked Good Words," "Smart Words" and "Words at Work," and three mini biographies—of John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy (December 2017) and Eleanor Roosevelt (forthcoming). In addition to writing professionally, I consider myself a well-practiced eavesdropper on the English language. I would love to hear from fellow word lovers.
(And if you have a dachshund, that's great, too. We have a mini—Finlay—who rules our lives. We wouldn't have it any other way.)
I also publish specialty books whenever I get the chance, and have had the good fortune to publish with, among others, the Library of Congress, the Morgan Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the JFK Library and the Smithsonian, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Many of the books I’ve published celebrate words, language, and those considered masters of the language, such as Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau.
Being in such stellar literary company keeps me humble—which, as far as our mighty-mini dachsie Finlay is concerned, is how it should be.