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It Has Nothing to Do With Loving Astronomy

I once was reading something that a friend wrote, and came across a phrase that made me laugh. She had written a piece of dialog in which one character accuses another of being "star-craving mad." I suppose the image the character must have had in mind was someone who ran...
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A Baby What?

I've been meaning to hit on the subject of the endless fascination with celebrity pregnancies. But One Bob beat me to it. I see headlines all the time when I'm standing in line at the grocery store referring to Hollywood's finest showing off their "baby bumps." I'd love to know...
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The Savings Controversy

Mrs. B, the resident grammar expert over at Newsblues, has changed her mind about the seasonal resetting of clocks. For years, she has argued that it should be "Daylight Saving Time" and has fought all efforts to add an s at the end of Saving. But she says that after...
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Make it Plural!

Since this blog is primarily about writing, I thought it would be the perfect place to mention this little factoid about the special occasion that falls on April 1st. April Fools' Day traces its roots to sixteenth century France, when New Year's Day was on April 1st and the start...
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Which is Right?

Here are some pairs of words that are often confused. If you've ever written about someone facing a "nerve-wracking" experience or someone who's gotten his "just desserts," (and I've written both!) then you may be interested in these: AVERT/AVOID - Avert means to prevent or turn away from something. Avoid...
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Holiday Help

Did you wish everyone a Happy "Veteran's" Day yesterday? If you did, you had one apostrophe too many! The names of holidays often inspire unintentional grammar errors, because some of the holidays take on a possessive form while others take on only a plural form. So here is a list...
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Words that Aren’t

There are plenty of words we encounter every day that aren't words at all. There are times when allowing a character to use such words might lend a comedic effect or show a character's lack of education. But if you're trying to impress your friends in real life -- or...
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Outlining the Plot

Recently, Turtle left the following comment: Just remember, I'm a newbie, so don't become upset at what I'm about to say. You, Shelly, and Andrea all talk of forward momentum and revising and moving things around...it seems to me that you are all happiest when you've crystallized WIP as opposed...
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Apostrophe Apocalypse

When was the last time you used an apostrophe? Do you recall? Do you remember why you used it? We all make grammar mistakes. There are occasionally old entries that I edit months later to remove grammar problems or misspelled words. Call me anal-retentive when it comes to grammar and...
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Politically Correct Punch?

I wonder if anyone else has noted the subtle edit made recently in a Kool-Aid commercial. The spot in question, which debuted over the past few months, depicts the start of a neighborhood lemonade war. The first line in the commercial is delivered by a young girl who sees that...
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A Few Weird Words

In this week's edition of the "Saturday Six," (see last post) I asked which of five words looked interesting enough that you'd actually want to know what it meant. If you haven't already answered, stop reading until you play! If you have, I thought I'd save everyone a little effort...
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