Editing for Grammarphobes: Deadline Updates, Gifting Ebooks and Missing Ds

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


Before we begin, the deadline has been extended for holiday flash fiction submissions due to the Thanksgiving weekend and widespread turkey consumption, which is known to hinder productivity. Please e-mail them to me by Wednesday, December 1, at karen@karenberner.com and be sure to put “Flash Fiction Fridays” in the subject line. 500 words or less on your interpretation of “the holidays.” Could be Christmas, Yule, Winter Solstice, Al-Hijira, Ashura, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve or Day or even Festivus, which exists only in the minds of the Seinfeld creators. 


Also, as you do your holiday shopping online, please consider purchasing a novel by an indie author this season. There is a lot of great work out there just waiting for you to discover. And now it is easier than ever with the new “Give as a Gift” option for Kindle ebooks, which appears underneath the download button on the right side of the book’s page.


I participated in an author’s panel discussion on staving off writer’s block last week for the November 23rd edition of Two Ends of the Pen, a blog co-authored by Debra Martin and David Small. Thanks for the opportunity, Deb.


And now for the official "Editing for Grammarphobes" portion of the post. Today I highlight two phrases that seem to loose their “d” when spoken, courtesy of Diana Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference.


Supposed to, not suppose to.


Example:
I was supposed to start a series on punctuating dialogue today, but was too exhausted from the weekend to muster the energy to do so.


Used to, not use to.


Example:
The football experts used to think the Chicago Bears’ victories were flukes, but with an awesome win over the Eagles, their legitimacy was solidified.


Happy Monday, everyone. 

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