Writing Glitch #49

Today’s glitch:


The TV hadn’t picked up a signal since the great war of 2037, but that didn’t stop me from trying it regularly just to be sure. Yesterday was different. Yesterday something tried to bleed through.

You could use a semicolon instead of a period after different (and not capitalize the second yesterday, of course), but I like the separate sentences because it makes Yesterday was different really stand out, and that sentence seems important here.

Whether or not you capitalize great war depends on whether or not people in the setting are writing history about this event and giving it an official name, etc. I got the impression that the timeline isn’t that far along (and that there wouldn’t be much history writing going on anyway), so I left great war uncapitalized. (This is why authors need to communicate with their editors. Sure, we can guess about such things, but in real life it’s better to be able to ask for and receive clarification.)


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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