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 #783

Okay, so this one’s not small. Whatever. You still get two today. Today’s second glitch: Ugh. I’d find this “advice” somewhat valid if I knew more young people now who do use Google (or whatever search engine — I don’t … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #782

Today’s first glitch: Hyphenate one-way, because it’s a compound adjective in this usage. After several strange people are washed ashore, you discover that the Bermuda Triangle is a one-way ticket to the future. It’s still not exciting, but now it’s … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #781

Today’s second glitch: Y’know, when you’re referring to a specific place that has a proper name, even if that place is considered imaginary by a lot of people, you ought to capitalize the proper name. In this usage, it should … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #780

When they’re very small, you get more than one. So… today’s first glitch: The fragments are fine (they work well, I think, to reflect the POV character’s voice/thoughts: real people don’t always think in complete sentences), but the comma after … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #779

Today’s second glitch: Get rid of that comma (if anyone has a guess as to why the writer thought it belonged, please tell me), and change it’s (contraction of it is) to its (possessive form of it). Even a dystopian … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #778

Today’s first glitch: Add a comma after train. Otherwise, the sentence is saying that the train itself was making him cough, and the bit about the smoke is only describing which train was doing that. The correct meaning may seem … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #777

Today’s glitch: How many friends live in this house? If only one, add an apostrophe before the s in friends; if more than one, add the apostrophe after the s. Add a comma after busted, because the sentence is compound. … Continue reading

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