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 #840

Today’s second glitch: What? *looks at it sideways* Nope, still doesn’t make sense as written… The only error here is that the blogger typed cannot where she meant can, or typed before where she meant if. As written, the sentence … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #839

Today’s first glitch: Either change woke to woken or delete have, because have woke is incorrect. (*deletes tirade about irregular verbs and writers who refuse to learn them*) Which you choose depends on whether you want the narration to be … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #838

Today’s glitch: Get rid of the comma after world. If you keep that comma, it makes everything from where darkness… through daily occurrence a nonrestrictive clause, meaning something that’s not necessary for the essential meaning of the sentence. Try the … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #837

Today’s glitch: Technically, a statement of what you assume is not a question and should not be punctuated as such. Add a comma after the introductory phrase (which is also an adverbial phrase — eek! *Weaver laughs at adverb-phobic idjits*) … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #836

Today’s glitch: Remember, kids, that a direct address must be separated from the rest of the sentence with a comma or commas. (That’s the point being made with those “Let’s eat, Grandma!” versus “Let’s eat Grandma!” memes, and how can … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #835

Today’s second glitch: The apostrophe is obviously there as an example of what not to do, so it can stay. The comma after needlessly, on the other hand, has to go away. (I sort of understand where this error comes … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #834

Today’s first glitch: Ah, but can you understand why the editor would be angry? Could it be, perhaps, the appearance of yet another wrongly truncated ellipsis? (To the best of my knowledge, no editor has ever eaten a writer who … Continue reading

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