This is the thirteenth blog post on my website, and to celebrate the greatest of milestones I posted a little gem at the end of the post. So stay tuned for a little number written by Glenn Danzig and sung by the late great Johnny Cash. God bless both of them.
Also I skinned thirteen black cats to celebrate. Don’t worry they were strays. On an unrelated note I have a bakers-dozen cat collars for sale.
Hammer that Grammer
It’s probably a great idea to know your weaknesses. In the beginning these were many but as I trudged the path of writing I found that there were some specific areas in which I lack.
I have never been much of an expert at grammar; in fact I still have a hard time explaining what anything outside a verb or noun is. This lacking is one that I am increasingly aware of. I do however have a pretty good idea of how a sentence should be constructed, just no theoretical knowledge of such.
This is probably due to my hatred of English classes until I entered college. When I wasn’t bored to death by class, we were reading every single Shakespeare play, which outside of Romeo and Juliet, isn’t the worst literature but becomes increasingly unbearable after the third play or so. That’s not to say I didn’t read some wonderful works, I did, and probably would enjoy some of the things I disliked if I read them in the present. I just felt that the wrong things were beaten into the dead horse of students brains.
Now this isn’t a post to bash our school systems, they don’t need any help with that, it’s just to say there are things I should fully understand about writing that I don’t. It sure hasn’t stopped me from doing so but if I truly want to progress as a writer I need to remedy any weaknesses.
Luckily, most of the books on writing I have studied have attempted to address common errors in writing. In fact, the current book I am reading – The Art of Fiction by John Gardner – Is what helped me realize the importance of learning proper grammar and punctuation. I can’t say it’s my favorite book on writing but it has definitely brought some new ideas to the foray for me. Simply because of it’s specific detailed theoretical information I’d recommend it, but try not to get caught in the pretension of the author – Whose book Grendel I quite enjoyed and would wholly recommend.
Well I don’t have a whole lot to say except I can’t wait until Halloween. Maybe I should have skipped this post until then? I guess we will never know. Well you especially won’t know. You are just a ghost. Sorry to break it to you but someone had to tell you. You’ve been in such denial about the whole thing. You should have known after you apparently walked off your broken neck. No one does that
Now my curse is upon you all for reading this haunted post.
Goodbye Old Chum
RIP Adam West, you were amazing and fun and the world less enjoyable without you. Thank you for your continuing entertainment. Me and the kiddo watch Batman 66 a few times a week. It’s just such a blast. I almost cried when I found out. I assume there is nothing but Batusi going on in heaven now.