Judging Grammar

Grammar. That pesky lesson we all have to learn to pass English class. That mildly annoying form of communication that the teachers drill you on until you’re ready to scream.

But if you’re a writer, grammar can actually be your bread and butter.

My “day job” is actually two jobs. I spend three days a week tutoring reading and writing at a local technical college and then two days a week (during the school year), I substitute teach for our school district. One of the perks of this is the new and varying classrooms I get to visit. Recently it was a Language Arts room and I came across a really awesome grammar book.

I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar and its sequel More Badder Grammar is based off all the signs and grammar oops the site members have seen over the years. Its mildly amusing and a lot of fun to look through, although they’ve (if I remember correctly) mostly corrected the mistakes. If you’d like to see more grammar oops, check out the Facebook group the books are based on.

And always, watch your grammar!

(I’m not actually associated with the Facebook group, nor do I have any association with either book. I am not making any profit from this post for these books or Facebook group.)


Goals Update!

Well it’s almost halfway through the year (not quite, but close enough) so I thought I would do an update on my “Dear Me” letter. I realized I didn’t post it here, so I’ve linked it in case you want to go and read what I had posted as my goals for the year. I’m going to be going back over them a bit here though so I think you’ll catch up on them pretty quickly.

Update on Goals
1. I haven’t found a new job, although I’ve been looking. I’ve been trying to apply to a couple of jobs a week either part time or full time. I’ve only had one interview so far.

2. I’m probably not going to publish Blood Oath at this time. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to publish, just not Blood Oath specifically. I’d like to get at least one Leave story published before the end of next month (June) so that’s going to be my goal right now.

3. Using the newly updating fic list (because the other one was driving me nuts), it looks like I have 12 stories finished. Yay me! I’d still like to finish a few more before the end of the year so I’ll keep trucking on that (and hopefully stop ADDING stories to it.)

4. I went through and counted up my blog entries and I actually haven’t been doing too badly with this. Haven’t been doing weekly, but I knew that was a stretch anyway. I have been doing bimonthly. My most has been four in January and I’ve done at least two each month.

5. I’ve been a reviewing machine on WDC. I hit my goal before the end of last year of 1000 reviews and since then I’ve been trying to do at least two reviews a week (this has been helped by working on reviewing a book for another member).

Except for the week I was away, I’ve been participating in Weekly Goals each week. I’ve been hard at work on Monthly Accountability and having a good time with them. It’s nice to be accountable for my goals and I seem to accomplish more when I have a set end point.

I did re-open Naughty Niceties, but it looks like I’m going to be closing it after this round for a variety of reasons. It’s just becoming more stressful and I don’t want to continue running it. I’ll miss running the contest, but it looks like in the long run it will be better.

Finally, I did sign up for Writo de Mayo. It’s a little lower key than Mini-Nano and I’ve been doing all right. I need to update in the forum today (since I haven’t checked in lately, but I’ve been busy.)

Looks like overall my goals are moving along nicely. (And this accomplished a nice chunk of my blogging goal for the month!)

See you for an update on the goals in a few months. And for a new entry in a few weeks!

Read Along Fun!

A few months ago, I posted cards and played a game to introduce the new book for one of my favorite authors, Jeri Smith-Ready. Now her street team (Team Jeri) put together a reading marathon for one of her other series (the Shade Trilogy) for the month of June. It’s a fabulous series, but it’s a LOT of reading in a short amount of time!

Although the books read very quickly (and are well-worth the re-read or new read), they are looking at reading all three books, plus the two novellas between June 1st and June 30th. So if you can commit that amount of time, it sounds like a lot of fun! I just wish I had the books available and could commit to it.

If you need the books, you can get them at amazon or through Ms. Smith-Ready’s site (Shattered is only available through the site) or at your local bookstore.

Jeri Smith-Ready blog

And the wonderful Jennifer Strand from Team Jeri on Facebook created a schedule following the one that Team Kilt did a few years ago. Like I said, it’s a lot of reading in a short amount of time, but if you think you could do it, follow along. Even if you can’t read everything in the month, the books are well worth checking out!

Team Kilt put together one heck of a Shade series read-along
marathon a few years back and we’re put all their hard work to good use again.
During the month of June, a bunch of us are going to read
(or re-read) Shade,
and Shattered together.
This isn’t a formal event by any means, just a bunch of fans that miss the
Shade world. Hope you’ll join us!
Created by Judy G.
Here’s a suggested reading schedule to keep you on track to
complete the entire series during the month of June.  You certainly don’t have to follow this, but
we’ll share a special post about each section on the days listed on this
schedule.  Watch the #ShadeReadAlong
hashtag on Twitter to see these special posts and to chat with other fans
participating in the read-along.
06/01/15 – Read-Along begins
06/03/15 — SHADE Ch 1-11 
06/05/15 — SHADE Ch 12-18 
06/08/15 — SHADE Ch 18 – SHIFT Ch 4
06/10/15 — SHIFT Ch 5-12 
06/12/15 — SHIFT Ch 13-20 
06/15/15 — SHIFT Ch 21 – End 
06/17/15 — SHINE Ch 1-11 
06/19/15 — SHINE Ch 12-20 
06/22/15 — SHINE Ch 21-32 
06/24/15 — SHINE Ch 33- End 
06/26/15 — BRIDGE 
06/30/15 – SHATTERED

Hope your reading schedule will allow you to join us for
this fabulous event. Personally, I can’t wait to visit Aura, Logan, Zachary,
Martin and Nadine Ross!
Created by Marissa O. (aka Bionic Elbow)