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Word Games: Air-conditioning

According to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary, Now, check out this photo. I just took these screenshots at @ 8 p.m. June 14, 2013. The “older” version of the dictionary is supposed to be the free version, but yet they’ve got their crap more together on the air conditioning thing than the unabridged version. Merriam-Webster sucks swamp ...

Grammar Bite: Thank you. No, thank you!

There are actually two ways to write thank you. No, seriously. I promise.   Thank you, when used as a phrase, is two words. However, when used as a noun, it’s hyphenated. Examples: She gave away bookmarks to her readers as a small thank-you for their loyalty. “Thank you so much for reading!”

Demographics vs. Genres

This little mini-rant is brought to you by my reading an article over at InD’Tale. In fairness, I hear people refer to the “YA Genre” and the “New Adult Genre” all the time, and I get that I’m fighting a losing battle. Out of sheer hardheadedness, however, I continue to talk about the difference between ...

Say It Better: Pausing as an Action Beat

Using “paused” as an action beat seems a little like an oxymoron, but I digress. If you use an action beat or a dialog tag, you have inserted a “natural pause” into your dialog. What do I mean by this? Basically this: if we’re reading dialog and the character stops speaking and does something, or ...

Word Games: Daresay

Hi, all! Crazy little thing that you might not know: daresay is one word. Yes, that’s right.   From Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged: ——————— transitive verb : venture to say : think probable—used in pres. 1st singular intransitive verb : agree,suppose—used in pres. 1st singular Origin of DARESAY Middle English (I) dar sayen I venture to say ...