Writing Glitch #87

Today’s glitch:


Always capitalize the name of your home planet… or someone else’s, for that matter. (Why would anyone not do that?)

The verb tenses are mixed up, but present tense is used more, so that’s what I’ve gone with for the whole thing.

Don’t use quotation marks around unfamiliar/invented terminology.

I recall reading somewhere that prepositions are the most difficult part of English to get right, not only for people learning English as a second language but also for native speakers. This does a lot to explain why expressions such as on accident are so common even though they’re incorrect. One may do something on purpose, but only by accident.

Everyone on Earth has a brain buddy. Half the time you hear their thoughts, and half the time they hear yours. Nobody ever realizes this or meets their brain buddy until you find yours by accident.

(Mercenary Proofreader would like to point out that this is not how mindlinks actually work. 🙂 )



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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch #87

  1. Sheron says:

    Lots in this glitch. Shouldn’t it be yours by accident rather than you by accident?

    Liked by 1 person

    • You’re right. This is what I get for typing in the small hours of the morning when neither my hands nor my eyes are at their best. Thanks for catching the typo (which is now fixed).


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