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 #491

(#490 disappeared, too. I don’t know why.) Today’s second glitch:   Get rid of the comma after You. (Look, it’s another random comma!) Get rid of the single quotes around Verboten fairy. Add a comma after exist. You are what … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #489

Today’s first glitch: Believe it or not, friends, using an adjective in place of an adverb still counts as using an adverb — you’re just being grammatically incorrect about it. (Any word that modifies a verb functions as an adverb, … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #488

(Glitch #487 was boring, so I made it go away… Such is the power of Chaos. Also, I think something is trying to tell me somebody, because I almost commented on how the last glitch reminded me of something from … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #486

Today’s first glitch: Date is used for two different meanings here, which has the potential to be a bit confusing. I recommend changing the latter to companion or something similar. Well is also used in two different ways in the … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #485

Today’s second glitch: Spell out numbers instead of using numerals: seven, not 7. (Even if you choose to follow the AP Stylebook, which is intended specifically for journalism, you should spell out numbers one through nine. Writing ten but 7… … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #484

Today’s first glitch: Ticket, not ticked. *sigh* Change the period after Just don’t to a comma. Your future self appears before you, instructs you to play the lottery in two weeks, and hands you a slip of paper with six … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #483

Today’s second glitch: Either the writer dropped the e from planets (twice!), or there is something seriously wrong with their understanding of science… As for the rest, I’m going to assume it’s meant to be whimsical, rather than that the … Continue reading

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