Author Archives: Thomas Weaver

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.

Writing Glitch #545

Today’s second glitch: Today, I may be overly sensitive to any introductory phrase containing an impossible -ing word implying actions happening simultaneously that cannot happen simultaneously (such as Running down the stairs, he opened the car door and drove away). … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #544

Today’s first glitch: The punctuation is fine, and so is the grammar… mostly. What’s missing is an antecedent for the pronoun they. To whom does this pronoun refer? We don’t know. (Could be stranded extraterrestrials, the owners — or hijackers … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #543

Today’s glitch: Its is the possessive form of it, not the contraction of it is. Add an apostrophe. As for how to write time… The Chicago Manual of Style says to spell out the number for even, half or quarter … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #542

Today’s glitch: The problem here is with word choice. Describing this character as cursed as a mute implies that she was already mute, and the rival tribe cursed her (some other way) because of it, which doesn’t make sense. It … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #541

Today’s glitch: Delete the comma after saying. That’s all; everything else is fine. “All I’m saying is that if you blow up the house, you’re going to be so fired.”

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Writing Glitch #540

Today’s second glitch: Add a comma after evolved (compound sentence). Get rid of the comma after prison. (The phrase because your body doesn’t do this is  restrictive and cannot be deleted without changing the meaning of the sentence.) Hyphenate maximum-security … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #539

Today’s first glitch: This example contains both a comma splice (two sentences incorrectly  joined by a comma) and a compound sentence needing a comma before the conjunction. Fix it by changing the comma after about to a period and adding … Continue reading

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