Writing Glitch #739

Today’s first glitch:

 

It is correct to use numerals when giving exact times that don’t round off to a full or half hour. (Write half past ten, but write 10:15.)

When a dialogue tag follows what is said, use a comma, not a period, to separate the dialogue from the tag, and do not capitalize the first word of the tag.

The elderly lady across the street gave you a pair of old spectacles and told you to put them on at 11:35 that night. “You’re the only one who can do it,” she whispered.

 

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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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