Thursday, March 12, 2015

More from the Comma Queen (flashier post)

More on yesterday's post about the New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris.

Watch Mary Norris tell her story of working with words on stage at the Moth:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The language I love to talk (flash post)

I like to talk about words: groups of words, poems, sentences, paragraphs, stories, essays, chapters, books. Ask someone in one of my writers groups. I get intensely involved, and I enjoy the deep thought that surrounds seemingly small questions, such as whether to use a comma or not.

Fortunately, I have some company. Last week I read a New Yorker article called Holy Writ: Learning to love the house style by copyeditor Mary Norris. She's followed up this week with a video about commas in compound subjects and compound predicates. I earn money helping people out with that sort of thing. (Shh, don't let too many people know about the new video series.)

Comma Queen: Series Premiere (video)

Another site I came across this week is The Punctuation Guide. What could be more fun than mousing over a semicolon and clicking over to a page devoted to all there is to know?