What this site is about
The following two quotes capture the creative and transformative ideals to which we aspire and of which we aim to make this website a reflection:
"Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations." —Edward Sapir, Language (1921)
"Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation." —Toni Morrison
You need not have been scared of anything, but if you've ever been challenged by English or how it works (its linguistic aspect), this website may be of interest. It may intrigue you; it may even inspire you. The content is intended to offer a qualitative experience from a creative, linguistic and grammatical point of view. That being said, it's a good idea to remember that there are many theories in English and many ways to parse a sentence. Yet these features of the language sustain the fundamental and incontrovertible fact that not only is it fascinating, it is also a powerful tool of communication.
Who are you?
You may be a reader interested in another point of view. You may just want to read a good story about the human condition, about the country of Jamaica or about the power of secrets—all of which you can find out about in What's in a Name.
But you could also be interested in learning about some of the most vital or integral operatives (words, phrases, clauses and punctuation) involved in constructing a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.
For this reason, our work and any academic material presented on this website will have been born out of tireless work and effort to make them understandable, applicable and educational. Mind you, the wealth of this material will begin to roll out after July 2021.
Who are we?
Garie McIntosh has created and developed this website to make the elements and tools of his own success available through his teaching and educational methods (pedagogy/service) and his editing products (business/products).
The website is divided into four main elements:
- Profile of Garie McIntosh
- Current and future publication of Garie’s books
- Business offering of products/solutions
- Pedagogical practice/service
Garie is currently completing two additional novels that along with his first, What’s in a Name, will form a thematic trilogy.
What’s in it for Garie McIntosh?
Garie takes a linguistic approach to his writing to enable himself not only to write literarily but to edit grammatically.
He believes that by sharing what he has learned or by inspiring others through his own commitment to and passion for what he believes is his life's purpose, he will create the life that he has always wanted: one that reflects wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Because these things are sublime and numinous, they allow him to always remember that while we may say we know a lot, we should never claim that we know enough. The objective is to keep learning.
One of the founding principles of this website is that storytelling is communication, to which the phrase storytelling communication or storytelling communicator refers (find out about the storytelling communicators who inspire Garie). We use them as a kind of grammatical metaphor.
Taking that a step further, the website aims to give visitors a real sense of the inexorable progress that one can make professionally when he/she takes a linguistic approach to English grammar or communication. Therefore, English linguistics is a prominent discipline here, where the goal is to present educational material that will enable you to use English to optimize both your writing and your editing.
Subject matters presented in modules are an element of SSORE, a process-method that Garie has developed that addresses Syntax & Semantics, Orthography and Readability Elements.
Two important elements of SSORE are verbal modifiers (morphology) and nominalization. They are part and parcel of the linguistic concepts of grammatical form and grammatical function. The awareness and understanding of both these elements and concepts are key to any grammatical editing process. For example, nominalization provides grammatical metaphor, while verbals give life to our sentences.
Similar to functional grammar, SSORE helps you put together English language patterns (structure/form) and shows you what to do with them (function) so that the communication is clear and/or so that you can achieve a diplomatic, polemic or trenchant effect.
Also, the process and method used throughout this website ascribes to functional lexical-functional grammar, a model of grammar whose framework allows you to see that "words form phrases, grammatical functions emerge from morphological and phrasal structure, and patterns of phrases evoke a complex meaning." This overall effect can be especially apparent in the vocabulary, the grammatical structure and the diction of your literary prose.
The famous Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
And RuPaul said, "In this life, if you can stay flexible, you have a really good chance of navigating a really rich experience for yourself on this planet."
So flexibility and giving are our philosophies. They are also the reason behind our pedagogical practice and our business offering.
The following two quotes inform the overall approach of the development of this website:
"When we are talking about language and linguistics, we are talking about [how] it [language] is used, not language as some people use it—that's literature." —Dr. Edwards, King's College London
"Linguistics is about how language works, so some people may know a whole lot about one particular language and that’s it." —Linguistics in Arrival: Heptapods, Whiteboards, and Nonlinear Time
Garie himself believes that understanding both English grammar and the linguistic aspect of English maximize a writer's ability to influence diction.
We aim to make the academic modules of this website as accurate as possible. This is achieved by making references at times.