imbecamiel: (Oxford comma)
I've seen some... interesting writing around town lately.

Take this, at the movie rental place:

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Since the fine print isn't legible, you'll have to take my word for what it says underneath: See store for details. (It says the same thing twice, nothing else.) Nope, no "Free rentals to Kids." No "Free Kids' Movies." Nothing. Simply the statement that they are giving away kids here. I would think that one would get in trouble for such things.

Then there's this advertisement for a jazz concert:

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Check out the part in the pink circle. Not only a random quote not attributed to anyone, but... erm, devastating? This is the word they choose to try to convince people to come? I've been wracking my mind to try to figure out what similar-sounding word they might have meant. I can come up with plenty that would've worked better... but none of them really look or sound anything like "devastating." Quite unique, that. Appropriate enough for a very sad, dramatic movie, maybe, but a jazz band? Herm.

*eg*


*blows smoke away from her pistol*

Pics of mah four-footed babies :D )
imbecamiel: (Ziva Hee)

Okay, so I was going to do this Saturday, actually, but... I... didn't. Obviously. Because she distracted me! *points

at [livejournal.com profile] kel_candelae * (Okay, so yes, I invited and welcomed the distraction, but... *smiles innocently*) And then of course I was at church much of Sunday. So why didn't I do it yesterday? Well, my poor little sis got her wisdom teeth taken out, so much of the day revolved around trying to make her feel better/entertain her. And today, I, er, slept 'til noon, actually. *sheepish* Well, I had about a week of not enough sleep to catch up on, and Nef really needed it, and since we share a room... ;)

So, although my squee may seem quite belated, I assure you it is none the less enthusiastic for it. I've been walking around for the last several days, singing under my breath and giggling at random moments.

POP awesomeness. :D )

imbecamiel: (They're Soles)
Gotta take a stretch break from editing, before my brain thoroughly ties itself into a knot. Or I get tired enough to start getting sloppy. :P

Perhaps it shouldn't surprise me anymore, but I am always startled when people attempt to use smiley faces in their articles. I am all for smiley faces. Obviously. Love them - in e-mails, IM, casual interaction. But in an article you're preparing for publication? Seriously? O.o

Also, the number of people who try to use multiple exclamation marks. *shakes head* I mean, I do know that many of these people are not professional writers, but... many of them are. Many of them have books published. Yep, books, plural. C'mon, they know this stuff... don't they?

It's also amusing when someone tries to make an excellent point... using an argument or example which is unfortunately less-than-effective in demonstrating that point. Especially when better examples are readily available. Such as the review of a book on real-life heroes from various wars in American history (sounds great!), in which the writer asks if you're tired of genetically modified heroes - and gives as example Batman and Superman, of all the superheroes. *mutters* ('kay, actually Batman's a normal human who just uses lots of cool gadgets and martial arts training. And Superman's an alien, who wasn't genetically modified, but was born that way and has the abilities he does due to the differences between our planet and Krypton, most particularly our sun. *sighs* Yeah. Okay. I let that one go. Decided she made her point effectively enough to be understood without me displaying my utterly geeky side. Still. Spiderman? X-Men, even? Though technically they're not genetically modified so much as evolved, actually. Fantastic Four? The Hulk? *flails* Research, people! *glances around sheepishly* Okay, I'm done. You can stop laughing now.)

So yes, I get a good laugh editing certain things. Not because I am mean, or think these people are idiots. I have a great deal of respect for them, and they have some wonderful stuff to say. And certainly not because I don't understand how typos and mistakes happen, or believe that they are necessarily a sign that people don't know better when they should. Really. I do understand, from personal experience. I have a great deal of mercy for such things, and I love doing my job.

It's just that certain mistakes have really very funny results. (Erm... you're gonna show love to your children by treating them to electroconvulsive therapy? Think you mean "etc." there, not "ECT".) And correcting other mistakes... kinda makes me want to cry. Because really, they should've been caught way before this point, especially considering several people should have gone over it. And especially when it's the same ones again and again and again and again. But I choose to be amused, and giggle instead. :)

And then I get distracted and accidentally write on my face with my red pen. Or tap the wrong end of a highlighter against my lips. The results of which are somewhat undignified.

There is a very good reason why, when I have been working, I like to check the mirror before I'm seen in public.

'kay, end of coffee Mountain Dew break. Still on track, getting lots done, and I refuse to be overwhelmed! *strikes triumphant, heroic pose*

imbecamiel: (Winston Churchill)

Y’know what? Sometimes, Word’s grammar checker really bugs me. Especially when it decides to not only give awful-sounding suggestions, but to be politically correct about it to boot. Seriously. Do not tell me that I ought to say “humanity” or “humankind” instead of “mankind.” I am perfectly capable of deciding which sounds best in the context of what I am writing. I do realize that no generalization including the word “man” is PC, and you know something? I don’t care. And since I’m a woman myself, I think I oughta have just a little say in what words should or should not bother me. *growls*

Oh, I’m quite aware of what’s considered all correct these days, and I am capable of writing and editing accordingly when the job requires. But I get really, really sick of hyper-PC-ness that is required in our phraseology these days. Yeah, I do see why some of it is desirable, but seriously… So much of it just sounds so bad or awkward or silly. Something in me revolts at the idea of using elaborate, meaningless phrases or intentionally writing something awkward, just out of paranoia that someone may be insulted.

Honestly, I really, truly, don’t want to insult or hurt people. Seriously, anyone who knows me probably knows that I can actually be ridiculously paranoid about it at times. But I think sometimes, over things like this… people just want an opportunity to be insulted. I want to be sensitive, yes, but can we PLEASE be sensible as well? And I guess as both an editor and an artist, it irks me when people start making rules for writing that have nothing to do either with clarifying one’s meaning or with what sounds good. *huff*

And now that I’ve finished that little rant, a vaguely related but quite random aside: I’ve come to realize that I greatly overuse ellipses in casual communication. I’m addicted to the things. I also have a definite weakness for dashes. It’s a sad thing, really.

Oh well. Could be worse, I suppose. I could be addicted to semicolons. Now there’s a dangerous thing. Some people can’t go more ‘n half a page without using one, you know. Perilous things, semicolons. Gotta be careful about getting yourself mixed up with ‘em.

And some people think the life of an editor is dull. It’s littered with pitfalls, let me tell you….

Yeah, I'm in a weird mood. I'm nervous, 'cause karate promotions are tonight, and I'd reeeally like to make it to the next belt, and I Can. Not. seem to write today. Must go and try some more. *marches off*

imbecamiel: (Dead Punctuation)
Didja know that September 24th is National Punctuation Day, here in the US? Pretty cool.

So how've I been celebrating? Doing a whole lot of editing, naturally. *g* That, and spending half the afternoon trying to get the stupid printer to work, in order to print out more of my editing... *kicks it*

Anyway - hope y'all have/had a great Punctuation Day. :)
imbecamiel: (Spock Laughing Hysterically)
So, we went to Taco Bell today, and they had an... interesting sign on the doors.

PLEASE BARE WITH US:

OUR A/C UNIT IS
NOT OPERABLE


Er... The Air Conditioner's not working, so let's all take off our clothes? Um, I'm really hot, yeah, but... not quite that hot, thankyouverymuch. :P And yes, of course I promptly cracked up. I'm far too amused by these things...

And then we spent the afternoon visiting Ashley and Lexie, so -

imbecamiel: (Beckett: Crazy? I meant crafty)
Y'know, baby seals are cute and all, but what we really need to be focusing on is SAVING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!

Ahem.

But I'll get to that in a minute - first, some good news. It appears that three LOTR actors have now been approached about being in the Hobbit: Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Viggo Mortensen. Eee! The only one I've heard is officially on is Ian McKellen, but that is just SO exciting! *bounces happily* This would seem to indicate that they're looking at doing some Aragorn backstory in the movie that's supposed to be a "bridge" between The Hobbit and LOTR. YES!

Yays!

Apr. 16th, 2008 05:47 pm
imbecamiel: (Beckett: Crazy? I meant crafty)
I'm really not quite sure how the avatar I've used relates to this post. I just felt like using it. I'm feeling very random and hyper and exhausted. I believe as a result of a combination of too little sleep, too much caffeine, lots of mental work, and the relief of finally finishing a big project.

imbecamiel: (Winston Churchill)
So... I never thought I'd really say this, but apparently I'm writing a book. A rather boring book to most, maybe, and I'm not really convinced there's a need for it, and I certainly didn't mean to write it, but now... Yeah. I'm writing a book. An e-book to start out with, if it looks like anyone wants to read it I might work on getting it published. But there's an online writers' workshop going on in March that Mom thinks would advertise it, so since I've already got part of it done she's hoping I'll have it mostly finished by then. So yeah. I'm writing a book. *blinks*

Um, okay, so I'm kinda going at this backwards, but I'm a little bewildered at this turn of events, since till this morning I had no idea I was ever going to do something like this. What's it about? Advice on writing - dos, don'ts, warnings, thoughts, things that irritate me. Kind of a blend of the more technical side and the more aesthetic side of it, mostly drawn from what I've seen as a reader (of both books and fanfiction) and an editor.

Which just sounds... so incredibly, incredibly vain and pretentious. Seriously, I have zero confidence that I've got anything to say that hasn't been said many times better by people with far more right to say it. And it really sounds like something I should have a whole lot more experience to back me up in before I even pretend to have some kind of authority or something worthwhile to say.

But... I've been writing a few articles for a blogging community for advice to and from writers, and they were pretty well-received, so I edited them a bit into better shape for a more formal article, not intending to do anything with them, and never meaning for them to be anything more than articles. The last couple of times at our local Creative Circle I've read one of them - again, I didn't intend to (most people tend to find two- or three-page articles about such things as exclamation mark use and abuse boring, and give you odd looks if you say that you wrote it for fun because you like writing about things like that and yesss you actually do have that much to say about exclamation marks... *ahem*), but they asked if I'd been writing anything, and then they wanted to see it...

Anyway, they actually liked them, and then they said I really should write a book. And then Mom got into it, and said she really enjoyed them (she'd never seen any of them), and that they were interesting, and that I shouldn't just write a book with them "someday... maybe..." but right now.

So I'm writing a book.

*headdesk*

Someone, please, tell me what a stupid idea this is so I've got a good reason to give up before I make an idiot out of myself.
imbecamiel: (Shep Smirk)


And randomness: Neffie and I got a cell phone today! Hmm, wonder if we'll ever use if for anything other than an MP3 player? *g*

Whew - long post! But you did say you wanted me to post more often... One of those cases of "be careful what you wish for," apparently.  ;)
imbecamiel: (Dead Punctuation)
Well, we got our Christmas tree today, which is much fun. And then the tree stand broke when the guys were trying to put it up, which is not so fun. They were trying to fix it, but we finally had to get a new one - it was that or have our tree standing undecorated in a beat-up five gallon bucket in the family room when our family comes over tomorrow :P But anyway, we got quite a bit of Christmas baking and other decorating done today regardless.

And since our van is now officially totaled, and insurance is going to quit paying for a rental in less than a week, we need to buy a new car within the next few days. Which was... not exactly planned for this year, much less the middle of December. And makes me very sad, because even though I maybe should be excited about getting a new van... our other one may have been getting old, but I liked it. And even though they're nice, I haven't really liked the new ones we've rented for trips or most of the ones we've looked at recently. But ah well, God's provided the means to get a new one, even on such short notice, and even though it was an "accident" nothing happens without His planning, so I'm sure He's got something good for us. So, all that means that we spent a lot of the afternoon/evening looking at cars today, but with no real decisions made yet... We shall see.

And randomly, a funny link my mom got sent this morning. Hilarious video. Anyone who's been homeschooled will definitely get a kick out of it. *g*


Seems I'm quite random today. But happily random. :) And now off to write some more comments on certain stories. Seems t'was a bit optimistic to hope to get something sizable done on it today, but ah well - I'm working on it, at any rate. And very, very happy to be back to it - I've been missing it very much. :)
imbecamiel: (Winston Churchill)

I am considering making a Resolution. No, not the New Year's kind that generally requires a lot of willpower, and is often forgotten within a couple of months. Nor the, “this is an area I really have to make a change in, so with God’s grace I’m working on it” kind (though there have been some of those lately – maybe more about that another time). No, this time it’s more like... finally surrendering to the inner voice of slightly-crazed obsession, urging me to act on my inner geek.

Hey, I think I’ve found my rant! *happy smile*

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