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.

Authors Answer 134 – Are Authors Organised?

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Are authors organised? Many authors take notes, but not all do. Some authors have colour-coded pens, post-it notes, and different notebooks for different things. Some use paper, some use computer spreadsheets. Everyone…

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Writing Glitch #431

Today’s second glitch: There’s only one error in this example. Can you spot it? “The hairstyle I woke up with this morning would have kicked arse in the eighties.” Even if you insist on using the numerals (perhaps because you’re … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #429

Today’s (Saturday’s) first glitch: Add a comma after arrived (compound sentence). Change the period after Jerry to a comma, and un-capitalize the. The apocalypse has arrived, and the world’s only hope is Jerry, the cashier at the local comic book … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #428

Today’s glitch: Add a comma after highway (long introductory phrase).  Add a comma after T-intersection (compound sentence). The verbs are messed up, and you have two options for how to fix them. You can change asked to ask, so everything … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #427

Today’s glitch: Add a comma after light. (The sentence is compound and requires a comma before the conjunction.) Spell out the number: two, not 2. You buy an old house and later discover a sealed water well on the property. … Continue reading

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Stupid concept: ‘How you write a sentence depends on your lung capacity.’

Perhaps the biggest lie anyone has ever told you about commas is that they represent breaths. “Add a comma anywhere you pause to breathe,” is bad advice I see a lot from online “writing experts” and others. I saw it … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #426

Today’s glitch: Change the comma after horizon to a period. Either add a comma after ruins or add that before it. I don’t like the latter part of the last sentence; devastation obvious and as powerful just doesn’t sound right. … Continue reading

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