Flash: Gulf

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“I said GOLF course.” Shaking my head, I survey the ravaged landscape. Dozens of rivulets rupture the once perfect rolling hills of grass. Several deeper chasms pierce the muddy terrain, a few narrow enough to easily step over, while others would require a running jump or maybe even a dirt bike. Random pits stab deeper while the displaced earth beside them add to the obstacles.

My enthusiastic helpers who embraced their assignment while I dealt with the fallout from the last debacle trace their feet back and forth excavating new trenches in the soil.

(words 94; first published 3/18/2018)

Notes: I belong to a small writing group which every-so-often puts out a writing challenge. March’s was use the word “Gulf”, any genre, any length. … So the word I am suppose to use never actually is used in the flash. Oh well, I’ll blame tax season.

Book Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.



I laughed and laughed from preface where the author describes her reaction to producing a runaway best seller on punctuation to the final chapter describing how writing is changing from print to Internet medium leading to a flash on the Punctuation Murderer. Verily, I giggled, cackled, chortled, snickered, and tittered like a fiend: while she is not a disciple of the Oxford Comma, I will forgive her the heresy for the rest of her punctuation doctrine is sound.

You should seek out and read this book. Discover how the words “best seller” can and should be bestowed on a grammar book.

If the mene “I like cooking my family and my pets. – Use commas, don’t be a psycho.” tickles your fancy, this is the book for you. 

Note: Uses British grammar rules, not American.