Writing Glitch #274

Today’s first glitch:


Each time someone publishes a print book full of glaring grammatical errors, a tree wonders why it gave its life for this.

Add a comma after the introductory phrase ending with it.

Add a comma after smiles.

Change dead to death. (Seriously? Life after dead? I sure hope that was just a typo…)

End the sentence with a period.

Every time you open a book and read it, a tree smiles, knowing there’s life after death.



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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4 Responses to Writing Glitch #274

  1. M. Oniker says:

    “…a tree wonders why it gave its life for this.” 😀


    • M. Oniker says:

      Hey, there was a smiley face after that quote! A grinning one.


      • M. Oniker says:

        Mystery solved. I wrote the response from Reader, which apparently messed up how the emoticon looked (absent). On the blog page it looks fine, making my second comment look stupid. Requiring a third comment to look less stupid, but not wholly unstupid either. (I created a word.)


  2. Really funny comment about the tree.


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