50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Mignon Fogarty, Part II

This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

My guest this week has been kind enough to appear here a second time, flying in the face of her better judgment, I’m sure. She is Mignon Fogarty, the creator of the Grammar Girl podcast and website as well as the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network. Grammar Girl podcast listeners range from CEOs and writers to prisoners continuing their education and ESL students in China. The show was named the 2012 and 2013 winner of the Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards while the website was selected as one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2011 and 2012.

Peeve Wars logoAs if that weren’t enough, Mignon is also the author of The New York Times best-seller Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and has published six other books on writing. Often quoted in the media about language issues, she has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and been featured by The New York TimesBusinessweek, the Washington PostUSA Today, CNN.com, and more. She hates the phrase “grammar nazi” and loves the word “kerfuffle.” You can find her on Twitter, as almost a quarter-of-a-million others have, as @GrammarGirl.

I wanted to have her back on to talk about her latest project, the crowd-funded Peeve Wars, which is … well, see for yourself:

What’s the 411 on Peeve Wars, and how can people be a part of it?

"Literally" card from Peeve WarsAfter I made my iOS game Grammar Pop last year, I wanted to make an old-school card game that people could play together sitting around a table. I’ve always imagined pet peeves are little monsters, and my game designer friend Joe Kisenwether came up with the idea of using pet peeve cards to build an army of peeves to annoy your opponent to death.

A project like this probably wouldn’t have been possible before crowd-funding, but now, people can preorder decks of cards and other rewards before the game is made, giving us the money we need to finish the art and print and ship the cards. People who like the idea can contribute at FundAnything.com/peevewars to help make the game a reality and be the first to play.

And here’s the video Mignon made for the project, which, among other things, will give you an idea of how the game is played:

As someone who has already claimed a Peeve Wars bookmark set, I was very excited to see that Mignon’s now less than $3,000 away from meeting her $15,000 goal with eight days still to go in the campaign. You can get in on the fun and support an all-around cool lady for as little as $5.

Huge thanks to Mignon for coming back for this; let’s show her what the Ted Fox is Awesome bump is all about.

That sounded better in my head.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.

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