Life is always a little better when I see Matt Bomer on my dashboard. :’D
(One of my friends likes to link me pictures when he IMs me, and that is also always great.)
Life is always a little better when I see Matt Bomer on my dashboard. :’D
“It took far too long for any of us to realize I had some minor vision issues. My brother happened to be the first to notice, but I dismissed him. I struggled with it in my daily life, and my parents never suspected this might be the reason why I had difficulty helping with the sewing and why I often relied on large print books, which I read at arm’s length.” – Ambrose Glasser, The Mortician’s Son
Okay, so the last chapter intimidated me. I thought of deleting the entire second part of it, because I thought, “No, they’re only fifteen, someone’s going to tell me those two can’t be mature enough to know the benefits of an open relationship and discuss them.”
And then I got to the point where I just said, “No, Evelyn’s definitely that mature, and she knows what she wants!”
my bisexual darling knows she wants Ambrose and to be with girls sometimes and to maybe spy on Ambrose while he’s with another guy
“Some folks wonder what kind of people their parents were. Others have only memories of theirs. On top of both his questions about Grant and his memories of Irene, Thaddeus had to wonder why two of his parents were murdered on separate occasions and the third had disappeared.” – Ambrose Glasser, The Mortician’s Son
Avoid problems created by these words or phrases:
- And also This is often redundant.
- And/or Outside of the legal world, most of the time this construction is used, it is neither necessary nor logical. Try using one word or the other.
- As to whether The single word whether will suffice.
- Basically, essentially, totally These words seldom add anything useful to a sentence. Try the sentence without them and, almost always, you will see the sentence improve.
- Being that or being as These words are a non-standard substitute for because. Being that Because I was the youngest child, I always wore hand-me-downs.
- Considered to be Eliminate the to be and, unless it’s important who’s doing the considering, try to eliminate the entire phrase.
- Due to the fact that Using this phrase is a sure sign that your sentence is in trouble. Did you mean because? Due to is acceptable after a linking verb (The team’s failure was due to illness among the stars.); otherwise, avoid it.
- Each and every One or the other, but not both.
- Equally as Something can be equally important or as important as, but not equally as important.
- Etc. This abbreviation often suggests a kind of laziness. It might be better to provide one more example, thereby suggesting that you could have written more, but chose not to.
- He/she is a convention created to avoid gender bias in writing, but it doesn’t work very well and it becomes downright obtrusive if it appears often. Use he or she or pluralize (where appropriate) so you can avoid the problem of the gender-specific pronoun altogether.
- Firstly, secondly, thirdly, etc. Number things with first, second, third, etc. and not with these adverbial forms.
- Got Many writers regard got as an ugly word, and they have a point. If you can avoid it in writing, do so. I have got to must begin studying right away. I have got two pairs of sneakers.
- Had ought or hadn’t ought. Eliminate the auxiliary had. You hadn’t ought not to pester your sister that way.
- Interesting One of the least interesting words in English, the word you use to describe an ugly baby. If you show us why something is interesting, you’re doing your job.
- In terms of See if you can eliminate this phrase.
- Irregardless No one word will get you in trouble with the boss faster than this one.
- Kind of or sort of. These are OK in informal situations, but in formal academic prose, substitute somewhat, rather or slightly. We were kind of rather pleased with the results.
- Literally This word might be confused with literarily, a seldom used adverb relating to authors or scholars and their various professions. Usually, though, if you say it’s “literally a jungle out there,” you probably mean figuratively, but you’re probably better off without either word.
- Lots or lots of In academic prose, avoid these colloquialisms when you can use many or much. Remember, when you do use these words, that lots of something countable are plural. Remember, too, that a lot of requires three words: “He spent a lot of money” (not alot of).
- Just Use only when you need it, as in just the right amount.
- Nature See if you can get rid of this word. Movies of a violent nature are probably just violent movies.
- Necessitate It’s hard to imagine a situation that would necessitate the use of this word.
- Of Don’t write would of, should of, could of when you mean would have, should have, could have.
- On account of Use because instead.
- Only Look out for placement. Don’t write "He only kicked that ball ten yards" when you mean "He kicked that ball only ten yards."
- Orientate The new students become oriented, not orientated. The same thing applies to administrate — we administer a project.
- Per Use according to instead. We did it per your instructions? Naah. (This word is used frequently in legal language and in technical specifications, where it seems to be necessary and acceptable.)
- Plus Don’t use this word as a conjunction. Use and instead.
- Point in time Forget it! At this time or at this point or now will do the job.
- Previous as in “our previous discussion.” Use earlier or nothing at all.
- So as to Usually, a simple to will do.
- Suppose to, use to. The hard “d” sound in supposed to and used to disappears in pronunciation, but it shouldn’t disappear in spelling. “We used to do that” or “We were supposed to do it this way.”
- The reason why is because. Deja vu all over again!
- Thru This nonstandard spelling of through should not be used in academic prose.
- 'Til Don’t use this word instead of until or till, even in bad poetry.
- Try and Don’t try and do something. Try to do something.
- Thusly Use thus or therefore instead.
- Utilize Don’t use this word where use would suffice. (Same goes for utilization.)
- Very, really, quite (and other intensifiers) Like basically, these words seldom add anything useful. Try the sentence without them and see if it improves.
“Two of my children know they’re not blood related to me. They know who their parents are, why I take care of them, and—most importantly—how much I love them just as I love my daughters.” – Ambrose Glasser, The Mortican’s Son
“I recall how angry I had been with Dad during Eugene’s wedding for his excitement and support. I tried my best not to misbehave for my brother’s sake. As it turns out, I had a marvelous time. But it will always hurt to remember my father could not attend my wedding. As an adult, I understand how proud he would have been of me for graduating university. And he would have been happy to find out I married Eve. Perhaps he knew I someday would.” – Ambrose Glasser, The Mortician’s Son
Tried to draw, drew worse than usual.
Karma for trying to take a break from work for something self-indulgent like a dumb OC.
I found a dog I want. Taking all the commissions I can get. RIGHT NOW.
She’s a Great Pyrenees mix, and I keep seeing her listed under a local rescue’s page and returning to her profile repeatedly. I remember when I volunteered at a rescue, a purebred Great Pyrenees came through. They’re very large dogs. This one is just a puppy, which tbh is younger than I hoped, but with that size, it might be best they grow up around my animals. (Sydney met the purebred and despite her good social skills, hid from her. I can just imagine my cats. My rabbit will probably be like, “Oh hey, play with me” and not care.)
I like big dogs, and if I can meet her and she turns out to be what I’m looking for in personality, I’d really like to get her. :’(
I need to move out, but if I’m going to live alone, I am going to want a dog. I do not feel secure having grown up with dogs to not have one. They’ve always been my security. :’(
Urge to draw adult Malakai visiting with his two kids. o.o Might do that once I make more progress on commissions and editing.
Stargazers’ Hill: still taking over my life. (And I love that it takes over my life. I admit that.)
Novelist error messages.
I want everything in my life to be okay, and that’s why I work so hard. No one wants me to be okay more than me.
Explaining to a friend why my dictionaries are useful when I’m looking for name ideas for stories (like fictional world locations). One of my methods is to open up the second volume of my 1940s dictionaries and go to the back for these sections to browse. You have to accept that Alaska and Hawaii were just territories, not states, but aside from that, these dictionaries are amazing and I’m glad I have a set.