Author Archives: Thomas Weaver

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live 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 1071

Today’s glitch: Always capitalize the first word of a sentence! (Actually, that is an appropriate exclamation mark. 🙂 It shows how frustrated the copyeditor is that it’s ever necessary to explain such a basic rule of writing.) Change 10 to … Continue reading

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Writing updates: “fun” with backstory revision. (Argh!)

Some awesome/weird things happening lately in The Adventures of a Sci-Fi Author and His Copyeditor Brother… 🙂 It has already become a running joke between us: “So… about serial immortality.” Y’see, we started to have a conversation about this topic … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1070

Today’s glitch: The possessive form of victim is victim’s. It is standard to say movements instead of movement in this context. The target is a loaner? As in, either the target is someone who loans things, or the target is … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1069

Today’s glitch: Oh, one of these again, a “Psychology Says” meme, so you know it’s gonna contain nonsense as well as grammar/punctuation problems. By what mechanism is this alleged dream connection supposed to work? Could it be… psychism? ‘Cause Psychology … Continue reading

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Tirade Redux

The first part of this is copied from an older post (which you can find here). Sorry, but I’m going to have to use figurative language in this one (which is sort of important to a point I’m trying to … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1068

Today’s glitch: How it should look: He’s a lucid dreamer; he has been ever since he was a little boy. He has visited many worlds and can do anything there, but he doesn’t know that all of these places are … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1067

Today’s glitch: It is generally considered inappropriate to use exclamation marks in narration, because it comes across as hyperbole. Save ’em for dialogue or for first-person narration (which is much like internal dialogue anyway). There is no clear logical/cause-and-effect connection … Continue reading

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