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Boy, I’ve been busy the last couple days up to my eye balls doing some critiques. But it’s fun. I’m afraid I come off as really, really, extra, super, uber-mean. I don’t try to be mean, just helpful. I like to really get in there and examine the sentence structure. Not like I’m good with the grammar, but I try to fix the awkward sentences. And obviously, passive sentences aren’t really my thing. The fun thing about critiquing work is that you get to read stuff you wouldn’t normally read. I just read a sci-fi romance. Hunh. Pretty cool, considering I usually stick to the historicals. When the mood strikes, I go for contemporary. I just like to pick on the historicals because I go, that’s not accurate. That’s wrong. Yeah, I’m one of those people. Lately I’ve been entertaining a new notion. I’m curious about steampunk. What’s steampunk, you say? Well, I’m not really sure. Ever watch the movie (I guess I’ll never stop making references to movies) League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? Or for…

I'm Invading Your World

I was thinking about all the mistakes and passive sentences, all the things I miss when I’m reading C&C. Then I think about all the errors I catch when I’m proofreading someone else’s work. I figured out why I catch those things, but I miss mine. Because I know all this stuff about it. Oh, there’s a passive sentence? I missed it because I was busy screaming my head off at the carpet python or I was dusting a shelf in the parlor. I told instead of showed? Sorry, I was anguished because Jonah’s being… well, Jonah. Or I was snapping peas with Farjana on the porch. That’s the difference. I have to work harder to imagine someone else’s world than I do my own. When someone says I tell too much, I keep thinking, what are you talking about? Oh, right it’s in my head, not yours. Hmm, I guess I’ve got to work on that. It’s snowing. Again. They’re calling for 2-5 more inches. I’m just so excited I could… run away. I’m sick to death of the snow. I can’t remember the last time we got this muc…