Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Friday, March 12, 2010

Writing Marathon

This has been a writing-marathon week, peaking yesterday and today, when I stayed in bed with my computer and only got out to do essential stuff like eat and read bedtime stories to my kid. Didn't even exercise or shower. I feel kind of disgusting. My daughter cooked dinner.

I finished another round of revisions and my book is almost ready to go to my agent again. I've given myself a final deadline of March 20th. It's almost two am and I shouldn't be posting on my blog, but I had to record somewhere that I'm done with this piece of the process--that is, until I get my manuscript back again from a last critique or two.

Now I can clean my house again, fix food again, pay my overdue bills, use soap, and put on a birthday party for my son without feeling like something's itchy in the back of my mind, undone, scratching for attention.

A short respite from the crazy dogs behind the fence. They'll be back soon, I know they will.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Grammar Day Quiz Answer Key

Sorry this is late. I promised tomorrow; I lied.

Correct the Celebrity Answer Key

1. Which album title has the spelling error?
a. “Dutchess,” by Fergie
b. “Growing Pains” by Mary J. Blige
c. “Graduation” by Kanye West
d. None of the above

2. What’s wrong with this lyric by Justin Timberlake?
“When you cheated girl, My heart bleeded girl.”

a. It’s perfect as it is. Leave Justin alone!
b. “Bleeded” is not a word. “Bled” is.
c. There should be commas before and after “girl.”
d. Both b and c are correct.

3. Circle the errors Paris Hilton made blogging about her new shoe collection. (Hint: there are at least three!)
“Don’t worry, [unnecessary comma] if you arent [aren't] in Orange County, [should be a semicolon] you can also get the shoes at Kitson,,, Bakers, Lord & Taylor and select specialty boutiques across the counrty” [country, also needs a period]

 [Alternative interpretation] “Don’t worry, [should be a semicolon] if you arent [aren't] in Orange County, you can also get the shoes at Kitson,,, Bakers, Lord & Taylor and select specialty boutiques across the counrty” [country, also needs a period]

4. Correct the following movie titles:
a. How She Move (How She Moves)
b. The Pursuit of Happyness (The Pursuit of Happiness)
c. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Honey, I Shrank the Kids/ Honey, I've Shrunk the Kids)
d. The 40 Year Old Virgin (The 40-Year-Old Virgin)

5.Circle the error in this statement by Christina Aguilera:
Today is a very joyful and special day for Jordan and I [“I” should be “me”] as we welcome our first son into this world.

6. What’s wrong with this David Hasselhoff quote?
“I am also doing a heart-rendering set on my life and the mistakes I have made.”

a. There should be a comma after life.
b. “heart-rendering” doesn’t need a hyphen.
c. “heart-rendering” should be “heart-rending”
d. The sentence is fine as is.

7. One of Jessica Simpson’s boyfriends dumped her via text message. The related headline
contains an error. What is it?

Jessica Dumped in 118 Characters or Less.

Jessica Dumped in 118 Characters or Fewer. “Less” is for amounts you can't count individually, and “fewer” is for quantities you can count—such as characters.

How obnoxious, I know.

This quiz and its answers are courtesy of

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