May. 4th, 2013

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I discovered today that I have a nickname among a certain group of customers. I'm known as "that girl who dyes her hair and smiles all the time". That's a lovely nickname to have! I'm not a maniac and I get irritated with the rest of the normal people but I came to the conclusion a long time ago that I like being with happy people and the best way to be around happy people was to use my Alpha Powers to turn the people around me in that direction. That means I need to be happy. It's like a huge circular argument sort of thing but it works.

My car needs two new tires and I decided I would take it in tomorrow... and then walk down the block to the theater and see Iron Man 3 again. They'll need the time to do an alignment, after all.

My email address comes from a title that my dad gave me the year that I turned thirty. He called me "Web Queen" because I showed him how to use Google (back in the day when not everyone knew it existed). I'm thinking about changing up my email address this year (since I'm turning forty) and coming up with a new title. Like Comma Fairy. It sounds better than Comma Dictator, which is how I feel when reading some of the ebooks I've been reading lately.

Why am I such a stickler for commas? Because commas tell the reader what the words mean. They give nuance to the sentence that might be harder to discover without the proper pauses. Like the sentence: The panda eats shoots and leaves. It could be The panda eats, shoots and leaves. Without commas, the reader has to use clues found in other sentences. In other words, the reader has to stop reading and start playing detective. Do you want to lose readers? No, you don't.

This particular book that I've been ranting about is AMAZING! Good characters. Excellent plot. It even has a beautiful cover and you don't see that on many ebooks these days. Unfortunately, the comma usage is spotty. There are a few spots where sentences don't make sense. I very much want to email this woman and offer up comma services for free just because I want to see this book (and her next one and the many more I hope she writes) succeed. Am I perfect with comma usage? No. But I'm tenacious.

Back in the day before I actually started writing, I thought a good writer needed to be technically proficient. Instead of actually writing, I studied punctuation and grammar and sentence structure. It's not something that goes away easily. It's just who I am.

I picked up a quick pinch hit that is due on Sunday so I'm trying to come up with words tonight. So what did I do instead of writing? Yep. I decided to clean out my closet. Yep, yep, yep.

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