Category Archives: Reader-suggested topics

Scratch that. Rewrite it.

The first draft—the bane of every writer’s existence. It’s the most difficult to complete; it’s the worst in every way; and if you DO finally finish it, you have to go back and basically rewrite the whole thing anyway. The … Continue reading

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Pondering Punctuation: The Semicolon (;)

I want to introduce you to a dear friend of mine. She is often neglected; people like to disregard her as pretentious or unnecessary, or they are afraid of her because they don’t understand her. Readers, please meet the semicolon. Don’t … Continue reading

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Fierce Fictional Females: the women of Harry Potter

I’m one of those people who partly grew up reading the Harry Potter series. Although I was in high school and college when most of the books and movies came out, they still had a significant influence on me. I wrote a … Continue reading

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Pondering Punctuation: The Apostrophe (‘)

For my second installment in this series, I wanted to go with a basic bit of punctuation instead of something outlandish like the interrobang. And I have a specific, confusing example I want to highlight. Last year, I had a friend … Continue reading

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Breaking all the (grammar) rules

I’ve always been the type of person who follows the rules. My friends often say that if life were like Dungeons & Dragons, I would be Lawful Good in the Alignment System. In fact, even on the test offered on that … Continue reading

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Pondering Punctuation: The Interrobang (‽)

As a copy editor, I’m sickeningly familiar with most types of punctuation. I can bore people with the innate details of the differences between en and em dashes or why you should never disregard the semicolon. When it comes to … Continue reading

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Fierce Fictional Females: Batwoman

I don’t read a great number of comics anymore, but most of the ones I do read happen to feature women. My favorite right now by far, though, is Batwoman. So I thought she’d be a good place to start for … Continue reading

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