Writing Glitch #112

Today’s glitch:


Commas missing from where they’re needed, and commas thrown in where they don’t belong… Yep, it looks like a typical day for Mercenary Proofreader. 🙂

The first bit contains a comma splice (a comma used where you need a period instead, or at least a semicolon) and a run-on (no punctuation at all). The second bit contains a run-on (comma missing before conjunction but), a comma splice (that should be a period, not a comma, after anyway), and a typo.

“I have fifty boxes of cake mix. We need to start making cakes ASAP. Where are you?”

“I think you got the wrong number, but count me in anyway. It sounds like fun!”


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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