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I know many people use "insure" rather than "ensure" when they mean "to make sure or certain," but it's just not right. (I know, I know, English is an evolving, living language, blah blah blah.)

Okay, boot straps... I need more agent/publisher names, because I've about reached the end of the lists I had already. When they all reject me, what am I supposed to think?

Yes, I write for myself and my own pleasure, but I always liked having an audience, and I don't have much of one now. It's frustrating. I think that's the only reason I even mildly considered Amazon's CreateSpace -- now that I've failed in their contest AGAIN, I'm sure they're going to be pressing me to go that route.

I can't believe that Chuck is on the bubble. Every time the networks put on something I like they cancel it without giving it any chance. It's all crap, crap, crap, all the time. Why should I start trying a new show, when they're just going to cancel it?

whine, whine, whine...


Mar. 19th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Evolving should not mean that correct grammar and word usage are no longer important, though. I've gotten to where I practically cheer when I read a book and the author uses who/whom correctly, especially in dialogue. Elizabeth Peters is one of the only authors who gets this cheer.

My mom was reading some Philippa Gregory book for her book club, and said she didn't finish because it had too many grammatical errors for her to be able to take the plot seriously...I have to wonder who edits books these days.

And sorry about your difficulties finding an audience for your writing :(
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
That is true. I can't remember what I was reading the other day where someone used "whom" when it should have been "who." My hair stands on end. As I said to nutmeg3 above, this use of "insure" when it should be "ensure" is littered throughout Steven Brust's "Viscount of Adrilankha" series, so this is Tor Books -- a pretty MAJOR publishing company!

Mmmm, thinking about it, I don't think Tor's turned me down yet...

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