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Writing Glitch 1072

Today’s glitch: Believe it or not, the extreme mega-ellipsis is not the worst thing about this example. I’ll prove this is nonsense: Right now, as I type this post, I’m trying to grasp that number… and my head hasn’t collapsed … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1061

Today’s glitch: *sigh* Why do I even bother? Idjits gonna idjit… Nevertheless, I’ll say something because I can’t not say something. Yes, when referring to basic biology/genetics, women do have two X chromosomes for the twenty-third pair, and men have … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1060

Today’s glitch: Italicize titles of periodicals. (Titles of articles in periodicals should be written inside double quotation marks.) You can delete the year, because it’s clear from the context that the numeral refers to a year. “According to National Geographic, … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1047

Today’s first glitch: Fix the punctuation by changing that comma to either a semicolon or a period. Fix the factual stuff by not posting this sort of nonsense as fact, because it isn’t. (People I know have described reading in … Continue reading

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(show of hands)

On Wednesday, my clone-sibling told me about his idea for another series of novels, these a spin-off (stop it, brain! no spinning!) of the current series (the one beginning with The Remnant). Apparently someone didn’t take Geoffrey’s (out-of-story) advice to … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1018

Today’s glitch: Argh! Yeah, I know it’s partly my fault, because I’m the one who keeps using examples from this source, and I keep using them because they’re so bad… Sometimes I don’t want to bother with the little, add-a-comma-and-you’re-done … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1011

Today’s glitch: *looks at beginning of first sentence* Oh, hell, no…! Change the beginning to The first fully sapient AI. (If it isn’t intelligent at all, it isn’t artificial intelligence, is it? AI should be capitalized; if you can’t bring … Continue reading

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Apropos of nothing, a science rant…

Please, please do not write sci-fi as if solar (or stellar) system is synonymous with galaxy! “But they’re the same thing… right?” *slightly despairing sigh* Not even remotely. And really, this is the sort of thing you should have learned … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1001

Today’s glitch: I think the past-tense verb was in the first sentence ought to be changed to present tense is, to match the second sentence. (You could change the second sentence to past-tense instead, if you prefer, although that would … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 982

Today’s glitch: Change 9 to nine. (Even the Associated Press Stylebook says to spell this out rather than using the numeral.) Add a comma after recon team. Change 9th to ninth. Bizarre word choice alert: Why say biosphere instead of … Continue reading

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