Writing Glitch #254

Today’s glitch:


Oh, comma splices, how I’d miss you if you stopped showing up in stuff for me to edit…

There he was again. This was the second time I had seen him, and he looked exactly the same as before, but the first time had been twenty years ago. I thought I was the only one. Now I wonder how many others there are like me.

Stating that you wonder something is not the same as asking a question. Do not end a statement about curiosity with a question mark. (You could write it as, Now I wonder, how many others are there like me? Flipping the order of are and there, plus adding a comma to separate the declarative from the interrogative, makes the latter part a question needing a question mark.)

I do like the “plot twist” at the end of that paragraph, though. I think… (*mutters something about small Romans*)




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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