Mrs Cranky Pants

I’ve recently finished draft #1 of the novel I’ve been working on and it’s now with a couple of readers. I have no idea where to send it, once it’s ready for submission, as it’s a bit of a hybrid – which are no-nos in the publishing world.

I’m making progress with bk #2 of the Beast-speaker series (Dragon-friend). However, I’m not romping along because I’ve yet to hear whether a certain publisher will take it or not. The CEO is hesitating because of the graphic and confronting content, which is hard to avoid when one is writing about child soldiers.

The indecision and uncertainty is a tad stressful, which leaves me a bit cranky. Also, I know I have very little power to change the craziness that the world is descending into, therefore I need to exercise what little control I do have. I’m just going to say it…

Your = belonging to you.
You’re = a shortened form for “you are“.
Yore = long ago; eg: there were knights and dragons in days of yore.
Yor = … This word doesn’t exist.

Definitely = certain; take my word for it; eg: I’m definitely going to the game. Yes sir!
Defiantly = waving a fist in the air; saying or doing what I think even though you told me not to; eg: I went to the game defiantly, even though the Taliban threatened to kill us if we did.

Quiet = barely a sound; eg: It was so quiet, I could hear my heart beating.
Quite = absolutely; eg: I am quite certain, or = fairly, to a certain degree; eg: it’s quite warm today.

I hear you cry, “Who cares if we mix these words up?”

ME! I care on behalf of the English language, which is dying from a thousand cuts every day. I care on behalf of decent communication and clear speech. I care because I think language is important. Otherwise, let’s all just go back to grunting at each other, while waving a leg bone from a T-Rex in the air.

If you are a writer, or editor, or both, please check your spelling and grammar before hitting Post when writing on Facebook. I agree that not many people do it; in fact, it’s a chat site so the rules are relaxed. However, if writing is your profession I want to see you do it well, even on the internet. I find myself hesitating to purchase books written by people who don’t seem able to spell or parse a sentence correctly.  And, I’d never think of sending my manuscript to an editor who makes simple grammatical mistakes. It’s not a good look. You might think this makes me a literary snob but…that’s the way it is.

Okay, my rant is over. I’ll get back to writing books that, probably, no one will get to read even though they have excellent spelling and grammar.



  1. Bev Anderson
    Mar 24, 2017

    “Don’t use a big word when a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish the contemporary necessity”.


    • Wendy Noble
      Mar 24, 2017


    • Ken Rolph
      Mar 25, 2017

      Shouldn’t that be contemporaneous?

      • Wendy Noble
        Mar 25, 2017

        Smarty pants!

  2. Irene Glover
    Mar 18, 2017

    Oh how I agree! Well said Wendy! I hate made up words too, my favourite unfavourite word is ” agreeance” There is no such word people! I even hear news readers use it Ahhhh!

    • Wendy Noble
      Mar 18, 2017

      There are so many, Irene. I am particularly annoyed by the use of “horror” (a noun) as an adjective; eg: horror smash. There are several adjectives that could be used – horrific, horrifying, horrendous, horrible – yet they choose to go with a noun. Drives me nuts!

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