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How the WRONG Copyeditor Can Make a Mess of Your Manuscript: part 1

I’m not telling you this to scare you (and I’m certainly not telling you this so you’ll all rush to hire me as your copyeditor — I don’t even work in the genres some of you write); I’m telling you … Continue reading

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Linking Verbs Are NOT Passive Voice.

Say it loudly for the people in the back:¬†Linking verbs are not passive voice. (Someone on Facebook posted a ridiculous declaration about grammar, so I’m ridiculing it. Besides, the spreading of misinformation annoys the hell out of me, and somebody … Continue reading

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Sometimes, he has a conniption about badly punctuated “dialogue tags.”

Maybe it’s entertaining to see an allegedly grown-ass adult express a strong opinion about something as “trivial” as bad punctuation in a book someone wants him to purchase (“Ain’t you got better things to care about, like getting stupid drunk … Continue reading

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The Golden Rule vs. “Theory of Mind”

Stated in plain English, the Golden Rule says, Treat other people the way you want to be treated. The implication is that, since we all want to be treated the same way, each of us treating others the way we … Continue reading

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Think about this, folks…

Not to mention how using the word in such a way diminishes the original, real meaning, turning it into a mere synonym for ‘person who has strong views I don’t agree with.’

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“Passive voice” does not mean “negative statement,” either.

In anthropology, they’re called post-processualists. I’m sure they’re called something else in discussions of literature, but the mindset is the same: “This is factually true because this is how I feel about it.” (If you’re a sci-fi nerd like me, … Continue reading

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A bored Weaver is a dangerous Weaver: ‘nother idjit/bad “editor” gets their red-penning red-penned.

What can I say? Someone posted a link on a writing forum, and I clicked on the link, and then I was appalled by the bad punctuation on a freelance editor’s web page… And if you’re been following my blog … Continue reading

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The “explanation” mark…

I just read a blog post on why not to use exclamation marks in fiction. The thing is, that blogger called it an explanation mark over and over again (ten times), so it’s not a typo — this idjit thinks … Continue reading

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No More “Glitches” for a While (with long and tirade-y explanation including things that aren’t grammar-related)

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 make)…¬† This is how it’s supposed to work:¬† You believe something such as All cats hate … Continue reading

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Bonus “glitch” (a.k.a. “What Is This Nonsense?”)

Look at that again. Plants… The stars are plants, it says. *facepalm* This has to be just a typo. It has to be, even though it appears twice in a single sentence. There’s a grammatical error, too. Change have to … Continue reading

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