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First day of December…

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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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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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Cats, editing, and my clone-sibling’s new armor

So there I was this morning, making coffee in the kitchen, when the kitten came running into the room, dragging a full-size bath towel… “Logan, what are you doing?” “Boo-boo!” he meowed. Flop. Flip. Purrrrr…. Cats are so weird. Isn’t … Continue reading

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Anything that can go weirdly, will. Especially copyediting fiction. Especially if the copyeditor is the author’s clone-sibling.

This is how it went, back near the beginning of the month: Needed to take a break from editing. Decided to listen to music. First song to come up was… “Eye in the Sky,” by The Alan Parsons Project. I … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened on my way to leave copyediting forever…

This is part of how the last few weeks have been for me: I got an email message recently from someone who’d read my blog profile and described it as “interesting and witty.” Cool. Better yet, that comment about my … Continue reading

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Auto-“Correct” Strikes Again! Ten more glitches…

Today’s glitches are (just like last time) all from a single source (the same one as last time), and all on one theme (sort of the opposite of the errors from last time). Why does this always happen when I’m … Continue reading

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Sometimes, he uses Venn diagrams to explain comma usage.

Do commas really matter all that much? you may wonder. Of course they do! (The previous sentence would have a different meaning if I’d written it as Of course, they do!) You’ve probably seen at least one of the many … Continue reading

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Of straw men, lawn gnomes, and reality.

Straw man: (noun) An intentionally misrepresented proposition that is set up because it is easier to defeat than an opponent’s real argument. (Did you get that? It’ll be on the test later.) I keep running into variations on this particular … Continue reading

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“The pen is as much a butcher’s tool/As ever was the blade…”

If someone posts something on a blog/website that’s open for anyone and everyone to read, it’s okay to have an opinion about what’s on that blog/website, right? (That’s your early warning: Weaver is on a rampage again; he’s annoyed about … Continue reading

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