Mark Puppe

Mark Puppe







The most valuable thing I heard in law school is that “Law is the tolerance of ambiguity.” Professor Lockney said that on the second day and wrapped up in one sentence what took three years of classes and tuition for other professors to explain.

That statement applies to more than law, but who ever wants to “tolerate” ambiguity?  Those who hope that their message is understood than make sure they communicate it clearly.  An increasing amount of ambiguity in our society suggests that the former is rising.  That’s why I started Master Manuscripts and work with businesses like Preference Personnel to improve the impressions we make.

Many words have multiple meanings that make them jump out and make people jump to conclusions.  We use them to articulate our points, generate humor and open doors to larger audiences.  However, if just one person doesn't grasp what we intend those words to mean, those same doors can slam doors shut.  Let’s take a look…



  1. Unpaid work by an offender; adds a punitive measure to probation.  It restricts offenders' personal liberty and requires them to forfeit their leisure time. –
  2. Services volunteered by individuals or an organization to benefit a community or its institutions.  –The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language

A job seeker gave me a resume declaring that she did 20 hours of community service per week.  Oops!!  Preference Personnel recognized this risk, referred her to me and I made her service an asset.



  1. The earth's natural satellite, orbiting the earth at a mean distance of 238,857 miles and having a diameter of 2160 miles.   Roget's Online Dictionary
  2. The buttocks, especially when bared.   Roget's Online Dictionary

Former MN Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss shot for the moon after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers, but actually hit the crowd with a simulated moon dance of his own.  Some called the gesture crude.  Moss said he was just having fun.



  1. “The name of the athletic teams of the University of North Dakota …(that use a) logo designed by Bennett Brien, a local artist and UND graduate of Ojibwa ethnicity.”  –
  2. Athletes who demonstrate the Sioux warrior spirit.  –John Chaske of the Spirit Lake Tribe, in The Forum, Oct. 6, 2008
  3. A term that “hurts (UND) students.”  –UND staff member Judy Rieke, in The Forum, Oct. 6, 2008

UND’s Ralph Englestad Arena, has over 2,400 logos displayed and recently displayed the flags of two Sioux tribes during a ceremony attended by members of each.  Who knows what name UND will assume, but someone might be preparing picket signs and petitions already.


There you have it.  People need another set of eyes to clarify their messages and make them appeal.  That’s why I’m here and grateful for the comments from those whom I have helped.  I'd be honored to help you, too.


Master Manuscripts is Up and Running…

My dad runs four miles a day and has gone over 13 in every Fargo Marathon since its inception.   He just bought a souped-up Dodge Ram that runs him to the farm where he tries to get a “brand new" 1956 John Deere tractor going.  Dad takes pride in his interests, pursues them with passion and wears a smile throughout the process.  That inspired me to get Master Manuscripts up and running. 

This is the first entry to exit the chutes of this new writing and editing company.  It’s the only one of its kind; making Master Manuscripts a resource to you and even my competitors.  New entries and suggestions will appear the first Monday of every month.  Competitors can send thanks to:  Master Manuscripts, PO Box 1638, Fargo, ND 58107. 

So, why would I start this?  Well, there’s a dire need for quality writing, effective editing, and clear and concise communication.  Millions bang their heads wondering,  "Did I write enough?” "Did I write too much?" “Did I spill everything right?” (intentional typo) and then screaming, "Please help!!!"

No problem, here I come.  Master's degrees in communication and law make me the best person to write and edit for you, just like the publications, professors, government, non-profits, and businesses that already enlist my talents.  This background gives me a sharp understanding of the language and strategies required for you to connect with customers, members and prospects.

I’ll give power to the letters, resumes, newsletters, feature stories and online materials that you need others to understand.  Others will make them plain.

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