[Here's the audio, if you'd like to listen.] “Months? It takes you months to write a blog post?” My friend’s eyes were deer-in-headlights big, and his eyebrows shot up. Way up. The same thing has probably happened to you. Others rarely understand the complexity of our work. They don't see the details behind 'Task A,' and they've never heard of 'Task … [Read more...] about 5 Steps to ‘Non-Overwhelm’
No! Don’t listen to Obi-Wan! Don’t 'move along.' It’s time we face the music on these words, because we tend to spell (and say) their plural forms incorrectly. When I see these in clients' files, it takes time to correct them. Of course, this means more cost to the writer. If you keep an eye out for these plural puzzlers, you can save time and money when … [Read more...] about Plural Puzzlers
One of the things I especially like about having my own proofing business is the ability to help when a volunteer group needs a newsletter or, perhaps, a final look-see for a website. This is one place I’m able to ‘give back to the community,’ as well as help someone who is in panic mode. For example, the person who shows up at meetings and takes good … [Read more...] about “Can I use ‘their’ in sentences ?”
OK. You’ve received a digital hand slap from your online English instructor, or the teacher at your school 'bled all over' your report in red ink. The comment was something about needing 'parallel structure' on your lists. What in the world is parallel structure ? It’s a fancy way to say the structure of those lists must ‘match.’ Check out this example … [Read more...] about WHAT is ‘parallel structure’ ?!
I read an article about a gentleman who said “Yes” to teaching a Sunday school class, but quickly realized he didn’t like it. At all. Although he hated disappointing his pastor, it was time to fess up. The minister helped find a better 'fit' for his parishioner, and Jim moved happily - and successfully - in a different direction. Thaaat’s not right … The … [Read more...] about Comma Conundrum
In early 2016 - you may recall with great trepidation - the series Downton Abbey ended its run on PBS (the Public Broadcasting System in the United States). And lo! there was an outcry in the land! Whether it's Downton Abbey, Victoria, or Poldark, if you watch a lot of PBS, do you find yourself repeating Brit-speak? Or is it just me? Oops! Not too long … [Read more...] about Brit-speak: is it just me?