a collection of mini-rants concerning things I’ve recently read in fiction

— Words that should not be italicized (by zombies or anyone else):  names of comets or planets or stars, names of scientific research organizations or laboratories…

— OCD is not the same as being a “neat freak”; in fact, it is quite possible to have OCD and be completely indifferent concerning the tidiness of one’s surroundings.  The C stands for compulsive, not cleaning.

— Autism is not genius, nor is it an indicator of low IQ; autism has nothing to do with intelligence one way or another (which is why some people with autism are really smart and some are average and some are quite below average — just like non-autistic people).  Nor does having autism make a person innately “good with computers” or obsessed with math and numbers.  Yes, some mildly autistic individuals are good with computers.  However, not all individuals who are good with computers are autistic, and not all autistic individuals are good with computers.  Ditto for any other stereotype about autism (such as the ever-popular ‘autistic people cannot understand metaphor’ bullshit — I’m gonna throw a heavily armored cyber-dinychthys at the head of the next person I catch spouting that… or, more likely, just blog angrily again).

— Seriously, are there still writers — people who ought to know better — who think the narrow channel down the center of a blade is called a blood groove?  *shakes head*  I was really enjoying a story until I ran into that particular bit of Complete and Utter Lack of Basic Research.  (It’s actually called a fuller’s groove, if you care; it’s used both to reduce the weight of the blade and to make it stronger by changing the cross-section.)


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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4 Responses to a collection of mini-rants concerning things I’ve recently read in fiction

  1. nancyrae4 says:

    Rant on! I’m glad someone knows the real meaning of OCD:)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mei-Mei says:

    Well, to be fair, I wouldn’t really expect zombies to adhere to the finer points of grammatical conventions. Too worried about Braaaains! and body parts falling off, etc.

    But I have no idea why anyone would italicize any of those things in the first place.

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    • I don’t know why anyone would italicize those things, either, but I saw that in a science fiction story I read sometime recently. One of the things I intend to blog about at greater length soon.

      The aside about zombies was just me joking about the “zombie test” for determining if something is written in passive voice: it is if you can add “by zombies” after the verb.


  3. Alex Hurst says:

    YESSSS, my god. Especially the first, haha.

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