your present perfect is not perfect

Just saw this in an official communication. "We wanted to take this opportunity to make you aware of a new [m]odule that has just became available." Note to those who don't know: "have became" is an offense punishable by fire. I have become annoyed. I became annoyed when I read a horrendous misuse of tense. … Continue reading your present perfect is not perfect

on the grievous overuse of the question mark

I'm sorry, I don't normally do midday rants, but I'm working from home alone and I have to tell this to someone other than the dog. I really, really hate it when people end sentences with a question mark. I just received an email saying: This PDF didn't upload properly? And I'm like - are you … Continue reading on the grievous overuse of the question mark

on the effects of continuous rain

I’ve got to be honest; I’m not really sure what to do with the heat and sunshine today. I’m not sure what to do about the fact that I can sit in my backyard and NOT get mobbed by mosquitoes. Or that I’ve once again gravitated toward cold beverages. Or that it’s ok for me … Continue reading on the effects of continuous rain

that breaky-uppy feeling: on the loss of a car I loved

Recently, my office location changed, and my commute went from twelve minutes to just shy of an hour, one way. This would be annoying for anyone who was used to having work be right around the corner, but for me there was an extra concern. I drive a 1996 Honda Accord, which is a GREAT … Continue reading that breaky-uppy feeling: on the loss of a car I loved

on writing, life, time, symbols, and getting it all done

I’ve been meaning to write for so long, and haven’t found (made) the time. Forgive me in advance for the odd mind dump that's sure to follow. I’m finally sitting down with some tea. It’s been strange, leading two lives – my “average American” life, and my writer’s life, which gets just a sliver of … Continue reading on writing, life, time, symbols, and getting it all done

house of annoying

So, I'm up to chapter 10 in House of Leaves. GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHG. It's a frustrating book. Now, I did a lot of research in school, and I've loved reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels for years, nigh on a decade, so footnotes don't scare me. The problem I have is that whatever is causing the book to … Continue reading house of annoying

on the lamentable lack of writing groups in the farmington valley

So, I belong to a wonderful poetry group called the Faxon Poets, based in Elmwood CT (a mini-town of West Hartford). The group is fantastic, the people are wonderful, and I love meeting with them monthly to laugh and read and share and critique. When I lived 10 minutes from there (and my boyfriend's apartment, … Continue reading on the lamentable lack of writing groups in the farmington valley