Greetings! Week 4 of the MSHP Blog tour is firmly underway. My guest today is Angela St. Clair from Richmond, Virginia. We share a few commonalities, like our pet peeves on writing. There was confusion on the tour this week and I didn’t get to travel to wherever it was I was suppose to go. Oh well, maybe next week.
Let’s hear from Angela now and maybe later in the week I’ll just post mine here. We’ll see.
As much as I would like to say I’m perfect and have no pet peeves, I do. I’m a total grammar freak, which is funny since I’m sure I make a few mistakes. It’s not the tiny things like misused commas or semi-colons that bother me, though. It’s the big, blatant mistakes: their/there/they’re, creative spellings that aren’t even close to the real word, or run-on sentences, and worst of all, excessive chat-speak. It bothers me when I have to translate “English” into English!
I cringe, and usually walk away, but I’ll admit to getting my hackles raised when a correction is made, and the original writer of the said offense rails on about how they “don’t care” and they’re “not a professional.” It hurts because I feel like everyone should take some pride in what they write, no matter what.
Now on the flip side of this, on Facebook or Twitter I’m guilty of the frequent “lol,” or emoticon usage. I may speak fluent sarcasm, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world around me does, and can properly get my tone from a handful of characters. Even still, I do my best to write in a way that is clear to understand.
Apparently my opinion of chat-speak has bled into my everyday life as well. I have a 13-year-old girl who texts and chats, and I’ve corrected her comments a time or two before. She’s a good sport about playing along about it but I can still picture her at school talking to her friends, and warning them, “dude, whatever you do, it’s ‘before’ and not ‘b4’ if you’re texting me. My mom won’t let you come over if you don’t write right!” I’m not that bad, I promise! Although, I did highly appreciate one of her friends using big words correctly in sentences.
I’m an Army wife, mom to two beautiful girls, and our diva English Bulldog named Duchess. I’m also a full time student working toward a BA in English Literature from Grand Canyon University, set to graduate in 2015. For the moment we call Virginia home, but I’m originally from Central Ohio. In the last 13 years we’ve lived in Germany, Tennessee, Ohio, Hawaii, Texas, and now Virginia.
I hope to have my first book completed before the year is out, if the stars all align correctly. From the first time I opened a book, or maybe as soon as I learned how to write, I have wanted to become a writer. No matter how often I tried to plan something else to do when I grew up, I always came back to writing.
Tiny tidbit of trivia: I was a Girl Scout in the same troop as MSHP founder Allison Bruning way back when. I had earned the Silver and Gold Awards as a Girl Scout, and my oldest daughter is currently working on her Silver Award project with her troop as well.
What are your pet peeves in reading? What about while you’re writing? Do the texts bother you or you’ve gotten used to it? Let me know what you think.
Write on my friends, write on.