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 #395

Today’s second glitch: This one contains a compound adjective (two or more words functioning as a single adjective), which needs a hyphen. In a futuristic society, someone has hacked your government-mandated brain implant. (Don’t you hate it when that happens?) … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #394

Today’s first glitch: It’s a compound sentence (just like this one), so it needs a comma before the conjunction. She had galaxies in her eyes, and electricity crackled within her.  

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Writing glitch #393

Today’s glitch: Isn’t it funny when someone complains about one grammatical error while committing others? Use amount for things that cannot be counted (a pile of mashed potatoes, for example) and number for things that can be counted. Use who, … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #392

(Glitch #391 was boring — nothing but a comma splice — so I decided to skip it.) Today’s glitch: Always capitalize the first word of a sentence. (Did you catch the typo in the first sentence?) Change the comma after … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #390

Today’s glitch: Even if the character had more than one mother, it’s safe to assume the diary belonged to only one person. Add an apostrophe before the s in mothers for the singular possessive form. Change the comma after diary … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #389

Today’s glitch: (Did you catch the typo?) Add a comma after running. “What time is it?” “Time for you to start running, apparently.” If apparently was at the beginning of the sentence, you wouldn’t need a comma to separate it … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #388

Today’s glitch: Change Its (possessive form of it) to It’s (contraction of it is). The noun summertime is one word. Add a comma after summertime (sentence is compound). Best friends is two words. Add a comma after You dive in … Continue reading

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