Here comes The Apostrophiser.
In the news recently was a man from Bristol who is crusading against grammar mistakes, in particular rogue apostrophes, by taking matters into his own hands and making the necessary corrections.
He calls himself a “grammar vigilante” and has gone so far as to create a device called The Apostrophiser (rather like a large Tippex mouse – though not shaped like one, though that would be cool) to remove unnecessary apostrophes.
He remains anonymous and makes these changes without the permission of the shop owners. Throughout the course of the interview, some shop owners were interviewed; one didn’t notice anything different about his sign and the other did and was appreciative, surprisingly.
Although grammatical mistakes irk me, this guy is going to extremes. The amount of time and money he must have poured into his mission must be astounding. Not to mention the fact that he is not a loner but a family man. I wonder what his family think about his mission or are they in the dark too? Also, what is it about Bristol that provokes anonymous community service? See also Banksy and his public art. In fact, the narrator actually refers to him as “the Banksy of punctuation.” Continue reading
Everything is connected these days. Technology has made it super convenient for us to stay in touch with people. While this may be great in theory, sometimes it is just too much. I have found it helpful lately to limit the time I spend looking at my phone; sometimes muting conversations, sometimes deleting apps and I have noticed that it leads to a less turbulent mind! I saw this article by Martha Beck retweeted recently and felt it resonated with me. It may with you too!
Logging Off: The Power of Disconnection
In the past, solid writing advice would be to write what you know. The implication was, if you worked as an A & E nurse, write about hospital life. You fought in a major war? Write about it. But….. is this advice now obsolete?
John Grisham was a lawyer so has excellent credentials for writing court room dramas but does experience matter?
I don’t think so.
Stephen King has probably never encountered a murdering clown or vampires.
J.K Rowling has never been to a school specifically for witches and wizards.
J.R.R Tolkien has never lived as a hobbit.
But……..millions of people have bought and enjoyed their books.
Technology has made it easy for us to gain knowledge in a few clicks. Anyone can obtain knowledge about any subject now without any real life experience and write a believable story about it. I understand the need to be factual if something has to be real – matters of law, for example – but otherwise I think it’s time to say goodbye to the old, stuffy advice to write what you know.
It has probably always been obsolete advice, doled out by self-obsessed authors who thought they belonged to an elite group.
These days, anyone can join the party. Bring your imagination and something to write with and you’re in. If I read enough about it, I’ll bet I can convince you I’m an astronaut.