16 Responses to “Yeah, we’re geeks”

  1. erinw August 1, 2007 at 3:43 PM #


    We editors are a different breed, huh? It’s entertaining to me that we spend hours worrying about the things you mentioned (and countless others), when most people don’t have a clue and/or could care less about any of it. lolol

  2. Lynne Connolly August 1, 2007 at 4:18 PM #

    Wow, I remember those discussions!
    But now all I have to do is to try to keep my own copy clean and you can’t imagine how good that feels!
    There are things I read in some books that drive me crazy, and I have to admit lay/lie is one of them. Two verbs, separate verbs, with different past participles confuses the hell out of some people.
    How about discreet/discrete?
    Fun, eh?
    All I do now is try to check my grammar is right, the words are spelled properly and it reads well. I tend to be a ‘had’ monster (pluperfect) so I keep a look out for those, but it took an editor to point that out to me.
    So yougogirls!

  3. Anne Douglas August 1, 2007 at 5:30 PM #

    Okay, I have a question for you


    Why is it that when I speak I would say “The room lit up” and if I’ve got this right, I’m supposed to say “The room lighted up.”

    Is it some quirky NZ/USA thing or have I, my entire life, been saying the wrong thing?

  4. Heidi August 1, 2007 at 5:32 PM #

    “We’re fascinating people ;)”

    Damn right we are :muahaha:

    Heidi *oblivious to sarcasm*

  5. Angie August 1, 2007 at 5:38 PM #

    To the best of my knowledge (not that I know everything, lol), lit/lightened are interchangeable. So it would be preference.

  6. Richelle Mead August 1, 2007 at 5:41 PM #

    Hey, everyone in the writing/publishing industry is a geek. I was just trying to write a conversation in the succubus world, and I couldn’t think of anything…except how to get published. So, they started talking about slush piles and agents. And I was thinking, “Oh. My. God. I have no life.”

  7. BevL(QB) August 1, 2007 at 6:13 PM #

    Um… actually, I WOULD like to see those posts. I’ve forgotten most of those rules over the years and, on way more occasions than I care to admit, I’ve completely changed the wording of a sentence to avoid using a word whose rule I’ve forgotten. Case in point: I just used “whose”. I looked it up a few weeks ago and STILL can’t remember the “whose/who’s” rule! :fuckwit:

  8. Imogen Howson August 1, 2007 at 8:38 PM #

    I’m with Heidi.
    Most interesting conversation I’d had all day.

  9. Sela Carsen August 1, 2007 at 11:06 PM #

    What is an appositive and am I doing it right or wrong? :chair:

  10. Heidi August 2, 2007 at 6:43 AM #

    Immi – of course you’re saying it was fun!! Everyone agreed with you!! πŸ˜₯
    Heidi *roasting marshmallows over the flames engulfing her dusty ol’ grammar books*

  11. Rhonda Stapleton August 2, 2007 at 10:17 AM #

    ROFL–these are a few of my faaaaavorite thiiiiiings…

  12. Kat August 2, 2007 at 10:38 AM #

    April posted on lie/lay last week. It’s a good read.

  13. Angie August 2, 2007 at 10:40 AM #

    I had it in my shared items last week, on the left sidebar πŸ™‚

  14. Imogen Howson August 3, 2007 at 10:12 AM #

    Aw, Heidi.

  15. Heidi August 3, 2007 at 10:26 AM #

    I’ll get you one the next one πŸ™‚ Well, probably not – but a girl’s gotta have hope.

  16. Heidi August 3, 2007 at 10:28 AM #

    Oh jeez – that should have been “ON the next one” :dumbass:
    I’m going to just give up now

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