Writing Glitch #194

Have another glitch:


Well, d’uh! The gift of foresight had to come from someone in the family, right?

(Yes, I know that’s not necessarily true. It doesn’t have to be genetic, and genetic traits don’t have to express in the parent for them to be present in the offspring, especially not in SF/F stories. There’s always the given by a fairy godmother trope, for example. Or genetic engineering. Or genetic engineering by the fairy godmother…)

Despite the way some writing (in D&D books, for example) capitalizes the names of magic spells, etc., foresight (a.k.a. precognition) is not a damn spell, and it isn’t supposed to be capitalized. (See this face? This is my exasperated-precog face.) Not that the names of magic spells are normally capitalized, either, but maybe some writers think capitalization of random nouns gives the writing a faux-Medieval feel or whatever. *shakes head*

It had already been known the baby would have foresight.


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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One Response to Writing Glitch #194

  1. Hahaha! Entertaining and educational as always. ^_^

    Liked by 1 person

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