Anonymous asked:

Could you, as extensively as you can, explain the correct way(s) of comma usage? I remember seeing you state ice that you love the Oxford comma. What's the difference? And could you use examples? I've been wanting to write a book, but hold off because I tend to misplace commas all the time, in conjunction with, semi colons, colons, and dashes. Punctuation is not my strong suit. Irony.

The Oxford comma, also known as a serial comma, is a comma placed before words like “and” & “or” in a series of 3 or more things. The Oxford comma is not necessary most of the time for sentence clarity & some would say it is redundant, but there are times when it helps to keep the meaning clear. Most American guidelines suggest the Oxford comma to always be used, while others would argue to only use it if the meaning of the sentence or list becomes unclear without the comma before the coordinating conjunction of the last item. 

An example of the Oxford comma being used:

"I bought cookies, ice cream, and bread."

Same sentence without the Oxford comma:

"I bought cookies, ice cream and bread."

An example of when an Oxford comma helps to keep the sentence clear:

"I love my family, Peter Dinklage and hip-hop."

In the sentence above, it makes the reader think the speaker is saying that Peter Dinklage & hip-hop are their family, which would be awesome but probably not what the speaker means. XD

What happens when the Oxford comma is placed into the sentence:

"I love my family, Peter Dinklage, and hip-hop."

See the difference? 

There are other ways you could make the sentence clear without using the Oxford comma, but I find the Oxford comma to be an easy way to avoid issues of ambiguity when ambiguity is not intentional (there are times when a writer would purposefully aim to be ambiguous for various artistic reasons). At the end of the day, usage of the Oxford comma comes down to personal preference. Both sides think that they are “right”, but it doesn’t really matter as long as you are getting your point across to the reader. That will always be the most important thing about writing.

An em-dash ( — ) can replace a comma, a colon, or parenthesis within a sentence. Here’s more information on em-dashes, their usage, & various examples:

http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/em-dash.html

& this is a great resource for other rules regarding comma usage:

http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/comma.html

If this was a perfect world, then I would sit here musing about grammar & creative freedom with you guys for ages (I love these topics & writers that bend the rules of grammar!), but I unfortunately just do not have that kind of time. :( Still, I really hope this was able to help you some! Remember to have fun & that any book is/should be edited by a professional before it ever hits shelves or is even sent off to agents, so don’t work yourself up too much in the perfection department. In the early stages, the story is far more important than making sure your grammar is perfect. You can go back later & fix up your grammar & then send it off to an editor who will help you with anything you might have missed. Editors do cost money—it’s a lot of work & people can’t do it for free—but it is worth the cost & will help you with getting an agent to take you seriously & want to represent you (if your end goal is getting the book published). If an agent takes you on & is able to close a deal with a publishing house for you then the publisher will probably have the book edited all over again by someone—or a team of someones—that they employ, so just be ready for that sort of thing. It’s a long process. 

Oh, & to see a cool example of written dialogue, check out Junot Diaz’ novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”. It’s a good example of how you can have fun with & even disregard some of the current rules/styles in the world of grammar & writing. Eileen Myles’ book, “Inferno (A Poet’s Novel)” is another book I love for the style she chose to write in. It may make some people cringe, but it feels as if your buddy at the bar is telling you the story of their life & it’s beautiful in that way. I wouldn’t dare to call either of them “incorrect” in how they choose to write. 

& another thing, “breaking the rules” is more accepted in poetry writing than it is in fiction, but I do believe that one should never do it out of laziness/lack of knowledge. With effective writing, nearly every last thing you do should have a reason—an intent behind it—& if it doesn’t make the piece better/achieve your intended effect, then it’s bad form. I’ll leave you with a link & a quote reiterating what I mean here: "As the poetry canon grows beyond measure, poets increasingly reach for creative devices to make their work stand out.

Toying with grammar rules is one such device, but it is not something that can be approached carelessly. If you choose to forgo the rules because you don’t know them rather than as a creative technique, your lack of knowledge will show and the poem will present as amateurish. Of course, that’s true for all types of writing: learn the rules, and only after you have learned them, go ahead and break them.” — http://www.writingforward.com/grammar/grammar-rules/breaking-grammar-rules-in-poetry-writing

Boyfriend Appreciation

Sorry for the mush but I gotta brag a little, cause I don’t even know how I got so lucky after having my heart ripped out by the most important person to me who I trusted with everything. I was single for a year after but recently met my current bf at college. He’s a psych major right now who plans on going to med school & specializing in psychiatry. Here’s a list of reasons I don’t deserve him.

1. He lets me watch k-pop videos & swoon over the guys or anyone at all without getting mad/jealous/annoyed. He’s so fucking secure in himself & that’s amazingly attractive. Like, this is basically his attitude:
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2. He’s super hot, like reminds me of young Leo Dicaprio hot. He’s also fashionable & smells amazing:
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3. He likes & gets along with my best friend.
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4. Even though he’s not a fan of smoking & doesn’t smoke himself, he takes the lighter from my hand & lights my cigarettes for me. I MEAN CMON. CMON. WHAT A GENTLEMAN.
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5. He’s emotionally deep.
image6. He’s a romantic about a lot of stuff & has the courage to go after what he wants (he asked me out & kissed me first).
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7. He says stuff like this to me:
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8. He looks at me like I’m magic.
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9. I feel like I’ve known him for years. I can be myself around him, tell him anything, be myself & not worry what he’s going to think. I can go from super silly & childish to a mess of emotions & he doesn’t even blink an eye. He gives the best hugs.
image10. We have so much fun together We can go from being romantic on park benches to running around on play sets. We can just talk & talk & talk & laugh & poke fun at each other & laugh some more.
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So, to my boyfriend, here’s a question for you
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mwmorse:

Coming home from work to a great post day is always a plus.

Seeing this made my night. I squealed. My best-friend & my boyfriend can attest to this. Thank you so much for your support & I hope you enjoy the read! If any of ya’ll other folks wanna buy my first book of poetry, The Flames & The Seas, you can get it from ctspress.com or Amazon.com or Lulu.com or barnesandnoble.com There’s also an e-book for sale via various websites. E-book goes for about 5 dollars & the physical copy of the book goes for around 8 dollars. Big thank you to everyone who has supported me & my work so far! I love you all! :)

mwmorse:

Coming home from work to a great post day is always a plus.

Seeing this made my night. I squealed. My best-friend & my boyfriend can attest to this. Thank you so much for your support & I hope you enjoy the read!

If any of ya’ll other folks wanna buy my first book of poetry, The Flames & The Seas, you can get it from ctspress.com or Amazon.com or Lulu.com or barnesandnoble.com

There’s also an e-book for sale via various websites. E-book goes for about 5 dollars & the physical copy of the book goes for around 8 dollars.

Big thank you to everyone who has supported me & my work so far! I love you all! :)

"I feel safe now. I feel good. I’m not lonely anymore. I’ve got somethin’ I shouldn’t have & it’s you.

& I’ve got you to hold me tight & I’ve got you to call when I’m sad & I’ve got you to kiss me goodnight. (…)

When I’m alone, I crave your touch. Oh, I could never get too much. When I lay asleep, I dream of you. I’m in too deep now, there’s nothin’ I can do.

& I need you to hold me tight & I need you to call when I’m sad & I need you to kiss me goodnight. (…)”

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.

Horace Bushnell  (via dieworten)

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Anonymous asked:

I get the feeling you like everyone who tagged "spilled ink" in something and don't read it just to get followers.

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I’m able to read & process things fairly quickly & read everything that I click the like button for. Some pieces I’ll have read two to three times before ever clicking ”like”. I maybe spend an hour at a time going through the tag or my dash whenever I have some spare time to kill. If someone’s poem/prose stood out a super bunch then I’ll like a few more of their pieces or leave a comment/send a message & follow the blogs that write content that I either strongly relate to or think is just amazing fucking poetry regardless of if I relate or not. I’ve followed like, 20 new writing blogs this week, but unfortunately can’t follow everyone because the cap is at 5,000 for blogs you can follow. I couldn’t even follow everyone that follows me with that cap in place. Reading & supporting other people’s work is important as a writer, so I do it as much as I can. I buy poetry books, read online lit journals, subscribe to a few print journals, & read what people post on here. 

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