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 #609

Today’s second glitch: Aside from a handful of pronouns (his, hers, its, theirs, ours), possessives require apostrophes. Now, I’m a sci-fi/fantasy writer as well as an editor of same, so I freely admit the possibility of more than one world … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #608

Today’s first glitch: A compound sentence requires a comma before the conjunction. I was recently reminded (by a comment on this blog) that some writers may not even know what a compound sentence is. (First movie quote that comes to … Continue reading

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Update: the halfway-through-the-WIP report

There will be an official post about this sometime on Paul’s blog, but I’m impatient, and I want to tell you all my thoughts on how the story is going. Yes, all of them. Or at least all of them … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #607

Today’s glitch: I dislike exclamation points in narration, and most readers (and literary agents, acquisitions editors from publishing houses, and so forth) don’t like them, either. An exclamation point in narration is a blatant “telling” device, since it tells the … Continue reading

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Not enough coffee in the WORLD for this…

My clone-sibling usually comes home from work during his lunch break. Today, while we were talking about his latest WIP, the conversation shifted to discussion of novels that will be written after this one… He told me he thinks most … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #606

Today’s glitch: At first, I wasn’t sure what this one was trying to say about the POV character. Is this person an expert time traveler, or an expert on time travelers? This shows (again) why word order matters, because the … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #605

Today’s second glitch: Change 5 to five and don’t hyphenate five minutes. (The only time to hyphenate five-minute — notice the lack of an s at the end — is when it is used as a compound adjective: She gave … Continue reading

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