I’m moving my blog to tumblr. It’s possible I’ll update it more over there. Possible.
I’ve been asked to check out Grammarly.com, which is one of these things where the internet age is finally coming full-circle and catching back up to the need to build our society on rules and not emoticons. Let’s face it, we’re in trouble.
Since the age of self-publishing has dawned (“Hey, Twitter published my 138 word manuscript! My stuff is good!”) the route from conception to presentation in writing is more and more expedited. This is bad news for grammar, because especially in the English language (the only language on Earth that the DLI designates as a Class 5 difficulty language) words and their rules are a tough sea to navigate and writers are coming out of school lacking the nautical capabilities to sail these iceberg-thick waters (see photo above). Most masters of the seas of language have long set sail…
I’m no expert nor even in particularly good practice, but I do my best. I do have editors on some books, and I have readers on scripts, but I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because I already have enough real, physical people in my life telling me that I’m wrong.
Everything I do seems to be app-based these days. I used an app to tell me it was cold outside this morning. So an app to help me with grammar and to double check plagiarism is helpful. I have books on grammar and style all over my shelves in my office but they are so far away from me, especially when I’m working quickly, against the ticking clock of the baby napping.
Writing is all about breaking the rules, those pesky grammar and form and story rules you vaguely remember learning about while inhaling chalk dust and hoping your mom packed fruit snacks in your lunch. And along comes college when grammar and plagiarism are taken for granted and and the greatest challenge was how to write more, more more just to get to the minimum page limit threshold.
And come on, who has time to check grammar, anyway? People need to know about how long Starbucks took to make my PSL right now. Well, Grammarly’s good for that. You can check on the fly. Make sure you’re making the point you want to make. Grammar is empowering.
I mostly write scripts that are not for wide publication but even then misusing words, or faulty clauses or misspellings make me look the fool. So when in doubt, I check. The fewer mistakes, the more clout. People take you more seriously when you use proper grammar.
So check out Grammarly, see if it’s useful to you. I’m not a professional product-reviewer but I can give this site a thumbs up, and I wholeheartedly support the defenders of the English language. I should, I’ve been a villain against it often enough myself.
Grammarly is a remedial tutor for the stuff you slept through and that your art classes never required. Learn the rules, then break them. Additionally, the site has a plagiarism checker which keeps you on the straight and narrow and might even help you take down some troll who’s taking credit for your work on page 13 of a message board about Loki’s love interests.
You should check it out. Even if you’re just a casual Facebooker, it’s not a bad idea to practice good grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Poor grammar could be costing you.
(extra points to the readers who find the grammar mistakes in this post!)
We’re thrilled to (finally!) be able to share this news. Big ol’ kudos to David Ready, Ford Gilmore, Harris Miller and Peter Chernin who have really hustled to make this happen. Yates is one of the most sought after (one exec called him the ‘Holy Grail’) directors and his vision for this film is thrilling. More announcements on this will come in short order, but for now–share our excitement!
(And more WHERE IS is on its way shortly too, I’m told. I’m equally as excited for you to see where we’re taking the story!)
To readers of THE ACTIVITY:
Today, THE ACTIVITY #15 is released. In it, you’ll get goodness like this:
Up next is the super-sized Issue 16. In the meantime, we the creators want to fill you in on the near-future of this series.
We have not solicited anything beyond issue 16, aside from Vol 3 (What do you mean you haven’t pre-ordered it for a super low price???). And as you’ll discover this week, Mitch and myself have another project, a very exciting one, which will take our time and attention away from The Activity for a while. It’s a great opportunity for us to drive some readership back to this very special series we’ve poured so much time and effort into for the past two years.
Don’t worry: you haven’t seen the end of the The Activity and we have some great announcements coming soon regarding the series. In part stepping away allows some things to fall into place (that will all make sense soon, but for now those details are CLASSIFIED!). In the meantime, you can check out our killer website, and be sure not to miss the SIGINT FILES Brent Schoonover has illustrated for it (they’re hidden on the map and expand the story!). More up soon.
Also in the meantime we will be collecting the third Volume and perhaps a special collector’s edition…
As always: fans, readers, soldiers: you guys rock and we’re so proud to be sharing the global exploits of TEAM OMAHA with you.
There are exciting things in store for the future. For now, check out issue 15 today, issue 16, and then we anticipate you’ll be nice and excited by what we’re offering next. You’ll hear about it online this week.
You can always write us, too! There’s a link on the website.
Oh, and don’t forget the store.
I will not be set up. You can find me two ways:
1) TWEET AT ME, and maybe we can cross paths and I can sign something. @nhedmondson
2) The below:
NERD HQ – Panel and Signing, times TBA, likely Thursday 18th. (check back here later) I will be signing and giving away my comics for free here.
MARVEL BOOTH – Friday 19th, 1-140 PM
UBISOFT SPLINTER CELL PANEL – Friday 19th, 5-6 PM Room 23ABC