Sunday, January 27, 2013
A few non-bath & body related things for a lazy, dog dangling Sunday morning!
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!
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!