With the more complicated “basic” elements of English grammar out of the way, let’s dive into the nitty gritty. Today’s lesson begins a mini series on parts of speech, which will help you continue to refine the way you utilize the grammar rules we’ve covered so far.
Let’s start with some of the first words we learn, nouns.
Today's story takes us back to the Super's Universe an hour or two after "Broadening Horizons." Having read "Meeting Ms. Truseau" and "Broadening Horizons" can help fill in backstory, but it isn't necessary to understand todays flash fic.
You can also listen to the audio here.
Have you noticed the slow down on writing Icarus that's happened lately? There are a few different reasons for that. I can't get into all of them, but here's what I can tell you about the reasons I can discuss right now.
Planning has been more than a little tenuous for the past couple of months for a couple of different reasons. Ill family members, a large project that may or may not happen dependent upon any number of factors, and the usual spring health issues for those of us with allergies meant plans could change any time. Honestly, that's still an issue, although a lesser one now. Because of this, I've been working on what absolutely has to get done on any given day first, projects that are more time sensitive next, and I've been working on longer term projects if there's time left. Obviously, I haven't had a huge amount of time left over for Icarus the past few weeks.
To be quite frank, I've only kept up with regular posting on this blog and the one over at Contented Comfort because I've set aside time on Saturday mornings to write and schedule them for the week. Eng Family Vlogs hasn't been quite as fortunate, although that has as much to do with my phone's camera glitching so much and often we were forced to break down and invest in an actual camera again as it does time management issues.
We're back in the AI Universe today, a couple of centuries before the events in "Bad First Day." You don't have to be familiar with the universe to understand the story.
Today’s lesson is about one of the least often used punctuation marks, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to know when or how to use it. When used properly, colons can add impact, clarity, and conciseness to your writing.
You can think of them like a flashing neon sign that reads, “This is what I’m talking about,” over a section where you clarify a statement you’ve already made. They’re added right before a phrase or list that explains or adds to the sentence before it.
They only had two ways out: fight their way through a small army or risk waking a family of sleeping bears.
There are three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.
In both examples, the colon lets the reader know they’re about to be told exactly what the options are in that instance.
Today's story takes us back to the Myth and Science Universe again. I know I've been a bit heavy on that universe lately. I promise we'll have at least three weeks before we have another one.
"Conflict of Instinct" is set a few decades after "Making the List" and a few kingdoms over in the Fae realm.
You don't have to have read any of the other stories set in the universe to understand what's happening though.
As always, you can also listen to the audio version here.
It's the start of a new quarter, so it's time to see how I did meeting the goals for last quarter and state those for the spring.
The first quarter of 2017 was something of a mixed bag, as usual. Some goals were easily met. Others were failed. So let's get into it.
Today's flash fic takes us back to the Myth and Science Universe several months after the events of "I Have the Weirdest Friends." Okay, so it's not the "long story" about how Jenn and Penelope found out Lily wasn't from Earth. That story's being saved for the Myth and Science Universe short story collection in the works, but today's story happens pretty much right after that one.
Having a passing familiarity with the universe helps, but it's not necessary to enjoy or understand the story.
You can also listen to the audio version.
Our next couple of lessons will be about two seldom used but useful punctuation marks, the semicolon and the colon. When used properly, these punctuation marks can give you new ways to tweak the clarity and rhythm of your writing.
Colons and semicolons are two different things!
Although a colon and a semicolon look very similar, their uses are different. You cannot use the two punctuation marks interchangeably. You’ll see exactly why this is once you’ve completed both this lesson and the next one on use of the colon.
Today's story takes us back to the AI Universe, a couple centuries farther into the future than we've gone before. You don't have to know anything about the universe to understand and enjoy this story.
As always you can find the audio version here.
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