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I Sound Like a Drunken Chipmunk

February 20, 2014 by

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I feel like I’ve been proofreading this book forever. Mostly because I’ve been saying I was proofreading it since mid January. This is a lie I’ve been telling to everyone including myself. I wasn’t proofing. I was line editing. Which is a whole other thing. But now I am done. Thank god. I’ve been actually proofreading […]

Keep Your Pants On

February 18, 2014 by

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I don’t think the comma is unnecessary. I do think we could use less of them. Maybe a lot less. A bunch of them seem there for convention rather than because they affect comprehension. Punctuation should only exist to facilitate understanding. I think I’m feeling this issue a little more than is totally reasonable right […]

A Few Biscuits Short of a Cookie Jar

July 30, 2012 by

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Me: I hate my book. It is a travesty made of terrible writing. Arkem: That’s not true. Me: How would you know? You haven’t even read it. Arkem: Well it doesn’t sound like it would be true. Me: That is a terrible basis for an argument. I have apparently developed a brand new habit of […]

The Monster is a ‘Who’

July 27, 2012 by

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So I’m running a spellcheck in Word, partly because I think it’s funny, partly because it never hurts to have another set of eyes, even if they belong so a literarily questionable piece of computer software. Mostly this leads to me hitting the ‘ignore’ button repeatedly and occasionally muttering, Word, what are you thinking? You […]

Finishing the Book

July 26, 2012 by

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I know what you’re thinking, Didn’t she finish the book like three weeks ago? This is where the ‘for certain values of’ comes in.* I finished the complete new draft a few weeks ago. Yesterday I finished the rework-the-new-sections-to-make-sure-they-don’t-suck part. Now I’m doing the go-through-the-dear-god-how-many-change-notes-did-I-make? part. You may notice the slight level of panic in […]

We Have So Much in Common

July 17, 2012 by

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Merry: She eats like you do. Me: We have so much in common. Merry: Yeah. Me: Except she has the excuse of actually being six. Merry: Yeah. So I eat like a seven year old. In fact, you’ll get some quite persuasive arguments from people I know that it’s not just food choices I have […]

Things You Do Not Realise Until You Start Proofreading Epic Documents

April 26, 2012 by

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There are some words where the addition or subtraction of the letter ’s’ makes no difference whatsoever to the meaning, or validity of spelling but makes you look like a right goof if you do it inconsistently. There are way more differences between AUS/UK and US English spelling than you would give credit for. And […]

Punctuation is key

July 21, 2011 by

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“You need a comma. Because it wasn’t the farmhouse that was seeking answers.” “How do you know?”