Writing Glitch 1020

Today’s glitch:

The end it was for a long time. Even if you overlook the extra word (it), The end was for a long time… *shakes head* Is this supposed to mean The end took a long time to arrive, or The end happened a long time ago, or something else?

Once more (I seem to be doing this a lot lately), all I can do is fix the worst of the problems and hope that’s enough to make a point of some kind.

Corrected version:

The world is all but ash, its end long ago and long in happening. Now, however, is a new beginning. The world regrows; animals reappear. There is no sign of humans… except for these children. They don’t have parents, and they never did. How do they even exist? You don’t know, but you — and you alone — must guide them, teach them, and raise them.

What are you, if not human? A skeleton of the past, a mirror of what the future was but no longer is, perhaps a warning against human carelessness. Nevertheless, you are these children’s hope for survival. Teach them wisely, lest history repeat itself.

As always, if you have questions about why I made certain changes, feel free to ask. Sometimes I don’t know what anyone may need more help with until I’m asked a specific question. (On the other hand, hateful comments along the lines of, ‘Your a stupid ASPIE, why cant you just learn not be LITERAL all the time, understand what real people mean whenever they say it and dont care about grammar that smart people know dont matter?’ will be deleted, as they always are. That No Trolls Allowed sign in the sidebar should have been more than enough warning that I don’t tolerate such behavior.)



About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live 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 eight cats. 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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch 1020

  1. I’m just wondering how you can read these examples without your brain exploding. They definitely hurt *my* head.

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