Tag Archives: WTF?
(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
‘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
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 horribly, horribly wrong if an author chooses the wrong (not competent, not familiar with the … Continue reading
[Don’t read this, Laura, unless you have already read “Solitude,” because this contains an earlier version of part of that short story.] I’m not telling you this to scare you (and I’m certainly not telling you this so you’ll all … Continue reading
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
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
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