Sunday, January 27, 2013

A few non-bath & body related things for a lazy, dog dangling Sunday morning!

Hi to members of Pinterest! I really appreciate all the pinning you've been doing about this blog, and I'm suitably impressed by your choices of blog posts. I can't believe how many of you have been posting about the need for preservatives. (It feels like we're finally winning that battle!) Thanks so much for sharing this blog with others!

I've been really sick this week - really really sick! - and I had a lot of time to think. (I will be getting to e-mails and comments later today and tomorrow!)

Here are a few of my thoughts...

The word "tutorials" doesn't have an apostrophe. It's TUTORIALS not TUTORIAL'S. To know whether or not you need an apostrophe, ask yourself this question - does the tutorial own anything? If it doesn't, then it doesn't need an apostrophe. This is called a grocer's apostrophe - putting an apostrophe in a plural that doesn't need it.

The other rule is to ask yourself if what you are writing is a contraction. For instance, if you were to say "the tutorial is easy", you could write "the tutorial's easy" because the ' replaces the word is or was. This is a huge problem with its and it's. In this sentence - the dog loved its bone - the dog owns the bone, so it should have an apostrophe. But it doesn't with its! If you wanted to say - the dog loves its bone so much, it's almost embarassing - that last "it's" is a contraction of "it is". (It can also be "it was" or "it has".) So the apostrophe represents the verb! Ask yourself what this means when you write it next time. If I'm writing "It's not easy being this awesome", it's a contraction of "it is" and it needs the apostrophe! This is annoying, but it's something we need to think about when writing!

When did we start referring to people as "that" instead of "who"? For instance, the girl that went to my school. The boy that went shopping. The man that annoyed me by using that instead of who. People are who!

I still hate passive verbs being used as active ones. You can't grow your business! You can help, assist, or nurture your business to grow, but you can't actively grow it. I hate the way business bastardizes words!

I'm still in love with my iPad mini! It makes it easy to write blog posts when I'm taking a break at work, sitting at the coffee shop, lying in bed really sick, or just hanging out at the Y after my workout. (They have wifi now!) You can probably see the results of this increased ability to blog and respond in the last few weeks. I have the greatest husband ever, eh?

Does anyone who loved A Song of Ice and Fire have a suggestion for another book series? I tried reading the Dark Tower (Stephen King), but it's just not gripping me. (He's a good story teller, but I like the epic writing style of George RR Martin or Tolkein!) I want something with a world in which I can immerse myself, and I love both science fiction or fantasy. I just want something epic and awesome! I'm currently reading Robert J. Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax, but I'm almost done. (I have come to the conclusion that I might be a neanderthal as I love the cold, have lots of hair, and will be developing a huge wrinkle horizontally between my eyebrows as opposed to vertically!) I loved Sean Mullen's Souls in the Great Machine series - maybe I'll read that again? I'm ready to try anything!

And the idea for a dog dangling day comes from the Simpsons. I don't actually dangle my dog in any way!


Sciarretta Farms said...

Read the Farseer-trilogy and then the following Fool-trilogy by Robin Hobb. Amazing stuff!

And read The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Wonderful, wonderful series!

Becky T said...

R.A. Salvatore! There are a lot of books in the series. Tons. The writing is good, the pace is nice, and it's a world to get lost in.

I also really, really recommend anything written by Maria V Snyder. She creates worlds that you can really escape into. All of her books are heroines, which I kind of love. I've read everything she's put out there - I recommend starting with the Study series, then the Glass series and then reading the current Healer series. Oh, and don't be scared off by "Outside In" and "Inside Out" being marketed as young adult. They are also well written, immersive stories.

Michele Clarke said...

I had to verify I didn't just do this. I wrote a post about lotions and referenced you and your blog several times.

Feel better. I have been battling for two weeks. This thing won't come to a head and leave.

sbjung said...

I suggest anything by Anne Bishop, the Wayfarer Redemption series, David Eddings, Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett, Brent Weeks. Those are all fantasy, but not carbon copies of Tolkien and Jordan. Cheers

Topcat said...

Have you read Raymond E. Feist's "The Magician" series? Awesome science fantasy with quite a lot of lore a la Tolkein... actually lore from many cultures woven through it. Eminently readable (and re-readable).

Hope you are feeling better very, very soon! xxx

bumblebeelane said...

I second The Magician and the Fool trilogy previously mentioned.

One of my all-time faves is The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay....I was so disappointed when I finished the last book, because I wasn't ready for it to be over :(

Anonymous said...

I agree- the Farseer-trilogy and Fool-trilogy by Robin Hobb are just what you are looking for. Also the king's blades series by Dave Duncan is along those lines and my most favorite. Actually there are so many epic fantasy writers out there who do a wonderful job at keeping your nose buried I couldn;t begin to list them all. Terry Brookes, Mercedes Lackey, Gordon Dickerson, Christopher Rowley- I could go one and on.

Katie said...

Hope you're feeling better soon. I love the wheel of time books by Robert Jordan. Also, The Lies of Locke Lamora is an amazing start to a series that will have seven books when done. The second book is out already and I think the author is Scott Lynch. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better soon. I just finished reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series.

Christine said...

Just found your blog and am soooo happy :) How is it possible that I found someone who can teach me more about making my own (healthy) skin-care products, is a reader of interesting books, and brings to the English speaking world grammar instruction on two of my grammar-pet peeves?!! I am with you on 'that/who' and 'grow your business'. Now, if we could just bring some attention to the proper use of 'at' ....

Well, hope you feel better very soon. Enjoy your reading along the way!

Maitri said...

I tried reading "The Gunslinger" several times and always gave up before I reached the end of the book. Finally I started listening to the books on audio during exercise. Finally got through them, it was easier that way. The ending is tremendous! Most perfect ending to a book/series ever.

catherine said...

Hi. I asked hubby for reading recos (I'm more a michael connelly mystery novel type reader):

Garth Nix - the abhorsen trilogy - female protagonist
Stephen donaldson - the thomas covenant series - a despicable antihero but stick with it
James a. Owen - the starchild comic book series - tolkien meets dickens

catherine said...

I agree w maitri. Altho usually read mystery, dark tower series incredibly satisfying and I concur: perfect ending.

Also, I didn't know: I'm not growing my own herbs, I'm cultivating them!???