#WriteGripe: On Commas

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My first language is Polish, the most comma-happy language ever. If I were to write that first sentence, there would be one after “Polish” and before “ever.” English doesn’t work this way. For clarity’s sake, commas are so helpful and I get into back-and-forth edits about them too often. Here are some tips.

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Rewrite Update: The Halfway Point

Wanted to say that I’m proud to announce that I’m halfway through overhauling the latest of my primary work. It’s undergone such a makeover that I hardly recognize it  from its original version and even less so from the very first draft. But I’m really excited. The story has finally found some common themes and I feel like I’ve matured somewhat as a writer. This brief post could probably use a longer update, but classes are back in session and it’s been too long.

Happy writing,
Jo

My Westworld Review

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At some peer pressure and falling into personal interest territory, I decided to watch Westworld. Based on the 1973 film of the same name by Michael Crichton, it’s another romp through a scary, ill-thought-out amusement park. It does for the Wild West what Game of Thrones did for medieval times: It’s not at all fun and there are no clear-cut heroes and villains.

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