Writing Glitch #199

Today’s glitch:


The Curse of the Excessive, Undersized Ellipses!, now showing in all imaginary theaters worldwide. 🙂

Ellipses (in case you’re new here and haven’t seen me rant about this topic many times before) have three dots, not two.

The pronoun I should always be capitalized.

Also, there is such thing as too many ellipses, too close together. Dramatic pauses lose their effectiveness when overused.

Don’t capitalize a word following an ellipsis unless it’s the beginning of a new sentence; always capitalize that word when it is the beginning of a new sentence.

And of course I am lying… I have always lied. I’m lying to you all, because if I told you the truth, you would think I’m insane.


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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