Writing Glitch #197

Today’s second glitch:


The way it is currently written, the second sentence is saying the horse is the one riding, not you.

Your grandpa dies, leaving you an old, sneezy horse. One day while you’re riding it, the horse sneezes, and you’re transported through time.

There are other ways I could have fixed that sentence, but the way I chose seemed to be the least disruptive.


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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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #197

  1. Sometimes the mental imagery evoked by these writing glitches is hilarious. Every time I picture a sneezy horse, I start laughing. It reminds me of my dad. Once in a while he would announce to the family, “I’m going to tell myself a joke.” After a few seconds of silence, he would burst into a great, horsey laugh. He never did share with the rest of us what the joke was but we laughed anyway.

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  2. prodisonhetgal says:

    The explanation you gave, about the horse riding, cracked me up 🙂

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