Saturday, March 14, 2009

Somebody needs to create a Meetup group for grammar bitches...


I'm a quirky writer. Not necessarily when I'm dealing with Red Pen, Inc. But I'm a REALLY quirky writer when I'm working on any of my other projects (right now: one novel, one idea-for-the-next-novel, 2 short stories...). I get weird. Like, I'll listen to nothing but Muse (or maybe Beck), replace the regular light bulbs in the lamps near my desk with red ones, won't answer the phone or door for any reason, must light either mint- or cherry-scented candles (but never both at once!), must have my hair up in a bun, must not be wearing shoes, and will get up and pace relentlessly for a minute or two before throwing myself back in my seat and writing another paragraph. (The caffeine, alcohol, or caffeine-with-alcohol that I consume during my writing process doesn't help make me any less bizarre, of course.)

But I digress. The habits of using bad grammar and/or forgetting to include relevant words in sentences are not among my many writing-related quirks. So, no thank you--I would not like to join this Meetup group. Something tells me I wouldn't quite fit in there...

16 comments:

LadyStyx said...

A new writer group and they can't even write a simple sentence? Dang. My sentence structure usually stinks but even I could write that sentence properly.

.oO(actually, I suspect that even the tipsy commentor could manage to write it correctly...) ;D

The Girl Next Door said...

Amen - just doesn't give you that warm, fuzzy "this-is-where-I-belong" feeling, does it?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@LadyStyx: LOL! Yes, I bet even the tipsy commentor could write it properly!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@The Girl Next Door: Nope--it gives me that "my-brain-hurts-after-reading-this" kinda feeling, though! ;)

argentinito said...

Lost es lo mejor!

Bridgete said...

Oh, for heaven's sake...

NYC and Boston are a bit too far apart for the two of us to start the "grammar bitches" group. Unless we want to meet in Connecticut... =P

Love your writing quirks, by the way.

Carlos said...

Something tells me you're right :-)

Love your writing rituals! I wish I had the time to do that; well, everything but the hair in the bun thing ;-)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ha! Hey, we could form a Northeast Grammar Bitches group! I know a few other people who'd totally join that. Problem is, we're all too busy taking pictures of signs to ever attend meetups, LOL!

By the way, I hate half my writing quirks (because they tend to drive people around me crazy!), but I do 'em anyway 'cause it helps get the writing done better/faster. :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Carlos: I barely have the time to do all that, but damned if I don't push myself every day to at least try harder to get the novel finished... :)

Bridgete said...

Hey, you know, whatever helps you write. When I'm doing any sort of legal writing, ESPECIALLY persuasive legal writing, I have to argue with myself. Aloud. lol.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Arguing with yourself aloud? That's awesome, haha. But how do you determine which side of you wins the argument? :)

Bridgete said...

lol...good question. I don't think I've ever decided who wins.

Dave said...

When someone can't even get a sentence as simple as the one in the photo correct it's clear one of several things may have occurred:

A - The authors puppy was just hit by a truck.

A1 - The authors truck was just hit by a puppy.

B - The author suffered a partial Hannibal Lecter style brain attack.

C - Someone let the dogs out (This usually results in a mess of some sort).

D - Or finally the author is also an avid Yahoo Answers user.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Dave: Let's hope the answer is "D"; it's the least messy, bloody, violent, or allergy-incudng option...

ChicagoLady said...

To me that sentence, when read out loud, sounds just like it was spoken by someone from the "hood".

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

LOL! Hooked on Ebonics worked for that Meetup member...