Monthly Archives: November 2017


The Subjunctive Mood

The Subjunctive Mood

  Hello everyone! I’ve covered the literary present tense before, but I decided to branch out a bit and tackle something I hadn’t really thought of before: the subjunctive mood. I wrote a guest post on this topic for fellow editor Sarah Liu, and you can see it on her blog here. She has agreed to write a guest post here as well so keep an eye out for that! Have a wonderful day.

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Five Slang Words

Five Slang Words

  Happy Monday! Today we’re going to explore some fun slang. I’ve got five words that you may or may not have heard of already. Even if you have, I’m sure the examples will keep it interesting. I made up some stories, most of which have to do with Thanksgiving and all of which are false. Now, I’m not a writer, and I did write as if I were telling a story to a friend (casual, informal, perhaps not entirely correct). But that’s the fun of it. Slang isn’t usually used by the stuffy. Enjoy. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone! It’s a big day here in the US. It’s Thanksgiving! Instead of boring you with Thanksgiving facts, I’m going to make you laugh with Thanksgiving jokes. Here are some good ones. Q: Why did the turkey cross the road twice? A: To prove he wasn’t a chicken! Q: What happened when the turkey got into a fight? A: He got the stuffing knocked out of him! Q: What’s the most musical part of a turkey? A: The drumstick. Q: Why did the turkey refuse dessert? A: He was stuffed. Q: What kind of […]

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Book Review: Between You & Me by Mary Norris

Book Review: Between You & Me by Mary Norris

synopsis Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker‘s copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Between You & Me features Norris’s laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage—comma faults, danglers, “who” vs. “whom,” “that” vs. “which,” compound words, gender-neutral language—and her clear explanations of how to handle them. Down-to-earth and […]

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Grammar Quizzes

Grammar Quizzes

I love grammar quizzes. I usually know most of the answers, but there are always at least a few that I get wrong and it becomes a teaching moment. I will likely create my own in the future, but for now, here are a few websites on which you can find a good collection! 1. SoftSchools.com Link Difficulty level: Easy-Medium Good quizzes to take: Intransitive vs. Transitive verbs Confusing Words: Accept/Except, Affect/Effect Your/You’re, Farther/Further, Lie/Lay, Lay/Laid Upsides: Great variety and number of quizzes Quizzes are a good length Allows you to review your answers upon […]

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Comic Monday #1

Comic Monday #1

  Happy Monday! A lot of people don’t like Mondays for some reason. I don’t mind them. I spend a lot of time doing stuff I love, and that includes work and classes, so I’m always happy to get right back to it. Still, I thought it would be fun to start off the week with some fun comics. I absolutely love comic strips. I used to read them every day before we stopped receiving the newspaper. It’s just not quite as fun (or easy) to look them up online every day. But some of […]

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Four Unusual Quotatives

Four Unusual Quotatives

  I didn’t really think about all the ways we could introduce quotes until recently. I just suddenly realized that there were two used fairly frequently, and the third one I remembered later. The fourth one I only realized in researching this post. I was actually doing the research to try to find more, but I didn’t get very far. So I hope to add more as I discover them, and if you can think of any more, please let me know. Like This is probably the most common. A typical example: I was like, […]

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Book Review: Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Conner

Book Review: Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Conner

synopsis The bestselling grammar book has been updated and revised to include the latest and greatest on the basics and subtleties of English, and features a new chapter on the language of the Internet. my review This is a great resource for writers and I recommend it. Some of the rules and advice is outdated but as long as you can tell what is currently considered fine (by the rules of common usage) then you can easily skip over old rules. I did learn some things, and some rules I will have to ignore because […]

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It’s NaNoWriMo! Tips for Working with Editors

It’s NaNoWriMo! Tips for Working with Editors

Welcome to November! As many of you are no doubt aware, it’s National Novel Writing Month. This is more than just a month-long, vague, awareness-spreading initiative. NaNoWriMo is an event where writers of all levels pledge to write a 50,000-word novel throughout November. Some people set a daily goal, and others—forgive me if I say they are more realistic—simply write when they can. There is a community aspect—you can share your word count and novel info, discuss writing in the forums, earn badges, and more. Read on to see how you should approach the editorial process once your novel is complete!

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