Writing Glitch 1066

Today’s glitch:

…And what caused them to think about you, hmmm? *shakes head* It’s nonsense, and if “Psychology Says” it’s true, “Psychology” is even more full of shit than usual.

At any rate, the correct contraction of it is needs an apostrophe: it’s.

“Whenever you think about someone a lot, it’s because they were thinking about you first.”

This is a truly disturbing idea, if you allow yourself to look at it as more than, ‘Awwwww, they’re soulmates — how cute,’ or whatever the writer of the example meant. What if you’re ‘thinking about someone a lot’ because you’re afraid of them? Don’t really want them ‘thinking about you first,’ do you?

Also… by what mechanism would you become aware, even if only subconsciously, that this person is “thinking about you first”? (That’s a serious question; I’d love to see a serious answer, although I don’t expect one. I just want to make fans of “Psychology” admit that they’re using something they know is impossible to “explain” a pet conjecture.)


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poetry fragment: dangerous

fragment of poetry (seems appropriate to type up at this time):

I will tell you
desperate truths and dangerous
lies – or the other
way around — and you will never
know one from the other, which is just
as it should be.

Pursue me, and I will scatter
pieces of my self
in your path,
a distraction
so that you forget
what you were chasing.



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Sometimes, he shares a link to a post about writing SECRETS.

First, here’s a link to the other blogger’s post. It’s all about how and why to write secrets for your fictional people.

And now, my brief comments on it:

Oh, the metaphors…!

“In some genres this baggage may be carry-on only (I.e. cozy mystery). Other genres require a cast with enough baggage to require military aircraft hangars (I.e. literary fiction, certain types of speculative fiction).”

It’s not a military aircraft hangar, ‘kay? *shakes head* Also, technically not aircraft in said hangar.

Edit: I typed most of this post months ago… It’s a good thing I generally enjoy dramatic irony in fiction, because there’s now a lot of dramatic irony in the metafiction for yours truly. Turns out I was slightly wrong about that ‘not a military aircraft hangar’ quip.



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Writing Glitch 1065

Today’s second glitch:

You do realize what this actually says, don’t you? It says the muscle will explode. Pronoun antecedents matter, friends.

Try this instead:

“If a mosquito is biting you, flex the muscle at that location, and the mosquito will explode.”

I don’t know if this version is true, either, but at least it sounds far less unpleasant than having your muscle explode.

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Writing Glitch 1064

Today’s first glitch:

The capitalization of entitlement issues is incorrect (unless, for whatever reason, the writer intended those as sarcasm/irony capitals), and the verb don’t does not belong with the noun person.

Narcissists: A person with all-consuming entitlement issues doesn’t experience the type of happiness that comes from being grateful.



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Writing Glitch 1063

Today’s second glitch:

Argh! Dammit! Get a frakkin’ clue, already! The correct shortened form for science fiction is sci-fi (or SF, or skiffy if you’re being especially disdainful because it warms your lamentably mundane little heart to be like that), but it is not ever syfy unless you are referring to the television channel that uses that spelling solely so they can have their name trademarked, in which case you need to capitalize it as SyFy.

(Fun fact: If you’re a writer, referring to your story as a syfy novel is as much a mark of a clueless wannabe as is referring to it as a fictional novel.)

Hyphenate near-future in this usage because it’s a compound adjective.

Either don’t capitalize cybernetic body modifications (yeah, capitalize cybernetic, but only because it’s the first word of a sentence) or capitalize all three words; it makes no sense to capitalize body but not modifications in this context.

Hyphenate technology-worshipping (compound adjective: ones containing an –ing word do need hyphenation if they come before the modified noun) but do not hyphenate ever more. Do hyphenate black-market (compound adjective).

Prominent is misspelled.

Delete that begin to wordiness.

There’s a word missing from go to investigate cult; it’s probably the.

Change capture you and modify you to capture and modify you.

Delete the comma after You escape.

You’re a detective in a near-future sci-fi setting. Cybernetic body modifications are illegal. A technology-worshipping cult is growing ever more prominent, causing black-market body cybernetics to thrive.  When you go to investigate the cult, they capture and modify you. You escape but are forever changed, for better or for worse.


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Writing Glitch 1062

Today’s first glitch:

*rolls eyes*

Corrected version:

I like my coffee how I like myself: dark, bitter, and too hot for you.


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