Writing Quirks and Why I Think I Might Be an Android

I have set up a GoodReads entry for Dragon's Debt so you can now add it to your "to read" bookshelf, if you so desire. (check that out here. I plan to set up a giveaway as soon as I have the cover art ready.).

I have small changes to make to Dragon's Debt before it is ready. I stayed up until 1 a.m. last night marking my "paper proof" from CreateSpace. No huge huge changes. Found one typo (sweep instead of swept, if I remember), and the rest was mostly just missing commas.

Oh noes! Blank page!

I've talked about proofing a little bit before. I'm looking for blank pages, weird margins, typos, and also just cleaning up little errors.

Even as careful as I have tried to be, most of my pages have at least one smallish error on them.

As I said, mostly missing commas. If you had asked me a few months ago whether or not I used a lot of commas, I would've readily confessed to using excessive commas. Commas, commas, everywhere.

Then someone proofed Dragon's Debt for me (and then I went and made a bunch of changes, so I have to proof it all over again) and gee golly they added in a lot of commas.

I think my problem with commas is that I'm so spooked about over using them that sometimes I don't use them when they are necessary. A lot of people seem to use them for emphasis, to try and force the reader into dramatic pauses, and I hate that. Don't overwork the poor little things. I'm the opposite, I make each comma interview for the job and explain to me exactly why it deserves a place in my manuscript.

You find out weird little quirks about yourself when other people read your work. Like, apparently, I'm an android.

Oh, Spot, I love you!
By that I mean, apparently, I don't use contractions (But see! I did! I did RIGHT THERE! Don't is a contraction!!!).
I don't think that I don't, but apparently when I'm in full on fiction mode I don't use them (or use them rarely).

I half suspect I unconsciously picked up this habit during NaNoWriMo, trying to pad my word count numbers.

A few of my critique partners have mentioned it. One went as far as to call it "distracting". I'm not sure why I do (or don't) do this.

I am blaming it on the Star Trek TNG writers who didn't let Data use contractions. I'm standing with him in solidarity.

So anyway, back to proof reading. Got a lot of commas and contractions to mess with.

As always, you can purchase Dragon's Curse through the link below. Be sure to read it BEFORE reading Dragon's Debt or else you'll ruin my lovely plot twists!!!

Dragon's Curse (The Dragon and the Scholar) (Volume 1)


  1. I feel ya on the commas. I used to think I had a good handle on them, but then I started writing scripts and directing the voiceover recording sessions for work. That sounds way more exciting than it is. I'm writing boring little product video scripts. The professional actor we use for the voiceover work is so talented (and has had bit parts on some of my favorite nerdy shows). I come in with my script and my commas where I think emphasis and pauses should be and then he reads it in a completely different way and it sounds great. I have learned to just take my commas and sit down and shut up and be thankful that guy is making my writing sound so damn good.

    1. All art is interpretive, I guess. Even commas.


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