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.

Sometimes, real life sucks because of COVID deniers.

Follow-up to what I blogged about on the 6th about my twin being told not to tell anyone where he works that he had — past tense, had it but now doesn’t — COVID-19: He got his yearly job performance … Continue reading

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More kitten photos where those came from…

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Behold: kitten photos!

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Grammar-ing “without MFA,” and other things.

Sometime in May, I think (the days do blur together more now, don’t they?), someone told me, via email, that what I’ve done on this blog with my “Writing Glitch” posts is the same as a non-doctor giving medical advice, … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1096

Today’s glitch: What we see in the second sentence of the example is an actual run-on sentence: a sentence that lacks even a misused comma to slow the headlong rush. It needs either a period or a semicolon after friend. … Continue reading

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Another well-reasoned tirade AGAINST ‘Thou Shalt Not Use Adverbs!’

This is an old (from 2017!) tirade against the anti-adverb nonsense so common in “internet wisdom” on writing, and I’d somehow forgotten to share it before, so…  The most common argument I’ve seen against the use of adverbs (*) amounts … Continue reading

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Kitten (and Cat) Photos

These are from the beginning of June: cat photos!    

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Updates: end of May

Question: What is both cute and scary? Answer: Eleven kittens. Smudge’s three half-sisters had their kittens in the same week, and there are now eleven small kittens — plus their moms — living in our back yard: three “tuxedo” kittens, … Continue reading

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They Can Dance If They Want To…

If you think one of the best things about the 80s song “Safety Dance” is the medieval clothing worn by everyone in the video… If you’ve already watched literally every funny cat/dog/bird video online, and now you don’t know what … Continue reading

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A quartet of “writing glitches” to entertain and inform

I haven’t had any “Writing Glitch” posts lately, so today I decided to do something about that. Let’s get the really ugly one out of the way first: I’ll ignore the ampersand, because this glitch was a Tweet, and it … Continue reading

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