The Impotence of ProofreadingBy Skylar Kade A publishing house runs like a well-oiled machine: the author writes, the line editor checks grammar and syntax, the content editor catches errors and polishes that sucker until it is a thing of beauty. Every person has their role—but how much should a writer […]

Skylar Kade’s Dominating Grammar

The following video is definitely not fit for a household with little kids or the workplace. (In other words, put the headphones on.) Thanks to Gizmo Guy for forwarding the video to me. Who know “that” word was so versatile. Okay, yes, I knew it since I have used it […]

A different type of Grammar lesson

Note to self: do not drink a Hazelnut Coffee, and two diet Pepsi’s after 3 p.m. unless you’re willing to be wired until 5 a.m. Seriously! I’m exhausted – thanks to all that caffeine. I drove into Toronto yesterday for the monthly Toronto Romance Writers’ meeting – first one I’ve […]

Busy weekend

At this time of year, most blogs have been about the goals or resolutions people have made for the coming year. My goal is to stay sane. Seriously! After running around to appointments with Alzheimers’ counsellors and Community Access contacts, geriatric psychiatrists, lawyers, accountants, not to mention the numerous phone […]

Acts of Catharsis

Oh, how our language has changed. I’m reading James Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and came across this line where he describes Alice Munro: One, and she was the more juvenile in her appearance, though both were young, permitted glimpses of her dazzling complexion, fair golden hair, and bright […]

Chuckle for today …

I’ve seen some posts lately on other sites where readers complain that contractions should not be used in historical novels, that people back then did not use them, while authors respond by saying “but we have to write for today’s reader, and we turn them off with all the wordy […]

Contractions in Historicals