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It is raining… by zombies?

Have you heard of the “zombie test” for determining whether a sentence contains passive voice? It goes something like this: if you can add by zombies after the verb and have the sentence make grammatical sense, the verb is passive. … Continue reading

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Mid-what??

I know I’m not supposed to blog about topics such as word meanings (or grammar, punctuation, or spelling) ever again, but I have to do it this once more or I’m going to end up throwing a metaphorical cyber-fish at someone. So… [ellipses for … Continue reading

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Facts for fantasy writers: weapons and armor

Everyone probably knows at this point that any writer of contemporary fiction who gets facts about guns wrong in their stories will receive a lot of email and comments and reviews letting them know exactly where they made mistakes (even if it’s … Continue reading

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Charles Wallace Murray is SOOOO much cooler than “Annie” Skywalker.

I knew that title would get your attention… 🙂 True story: Once upon a time, my housemate asked me to go see The Phantom Menace with him and a few of his friends (I’d already seen it, and hadn’t been … Continue reading

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WIP update, plus dramatic irony and television and stuff

I love watching a story be grown, or built, or drawn, or whatever metaphor you prefer to indicate something new being created. Yesterday my clone-sibling read to me a couple of chapters from his WIP sci-fi novel.  Good stuff there, even in … Continue reading

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rambling thoughts about writing (evening edition)

Grammar Bird is looking at me suspiciously.  He has nothing to worry about, though, because he’s Grammar Bird, not Philosophy Bird.  On the other hand, he may simply think it’s weird that I have a small collection of antique iron … Continue reading

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On participles and why/how NOT to dangle them

I threatened promised to write a post about dangling participles.  Here it is. First, a few simple facts: — A participle is the -ing form of a verb.  Write is a verb; writing is the present participle of that verb.  (Pay … Continue reading

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