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How the Dunning-Kruger effect affects an individual’s understanding of the Dunning-Kruger effect

I see some variant of this all the frakkin’ time online: “If you think your smart.. YOUR NOT!!!! Cos the Dunning Kruger effect says people who are stupid think they’re smart. So it proves your stupid if you think your … Continue reading

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…more popular than “populace”…

(Alternative title: “Sometimes, he has many, many complaints about a novel and some concerns about reviewing it.”) Remember when, several weeks ago, I shared a short poem by Robert Frost, along with an explanation of the difference between populous and … Continue reading

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Copyediting nightmares can happen to trad-published authors, too.

‘I don’t have to edit my manuscript or hire a copyeditor, the publisher will have someone do that for me.’ I hear (read) this a lot. First of all, friends, you may have noticed that traditional publishers (the smaller presses … Continue reading

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How the WRONG Copyeditor Can Make a Mess of Your Manuscript: part 2

Back for more, are you? Is it horrified fascination that brings you here, or are you hoping to learn a bit about what can go very, very badly if an author chooses the wrong (not competent, not familiar with the … Continue reading

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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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Compare and Contrast: various rules for comma usage in compound sentences

The Chicago Manual of Style: When independent clauses are joined by and, but, so, yet, or any other conjunction, a comma precedes the conjunction. The Associated Press Stylebook: When a conjunction such as and, but, or for links two clauses … Continue reading

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Linking Verbs Are NOT Passive Voice.

Say it loudly for the people in the back:┬áLinking 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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