Blogging Insights — Reformed Grammar Nazi

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week, quoting author Ruth Rendell, Tanya wants to know if we are grammar Nazis.

“What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar.”

When I was in elementary (aka grammar) school, I spent a lot of time diagramming sentences. Grammar rules, proper punctuation, and correct use were emphasized. As a result, I grew up with much the same attitude that Ruth Rendell expressed. It drove me nuts to encounter grammar, punctuation, and usage errors. I used to get really annoyed and would actually stop reading anything that displayed poor grammar. I thought that there was simply no excuse for such errors, especially when I found them in published works where, presumably, an editor, or at least a proof reader, was involved before publication.

I will admit that I have mellowed quite a bit vis-à-vis poor grammar. While it still bothers me when I come across blatant grammar, punctuation, or usage errors, I try, like the proverbial duck, to let them roll off my back.

That said, if a blogger’s posts are regularly filled with grammatical errors, incorrect punctuation, or inappropriate usage, I will likely stop reading his or her posts. Especially if he or she uses an apostrophe to make a word plural.

Shame on You

When did you put our relationship on cruise control?
When was behavior like this ever appropriate?
I was sure that we were on the same page.
I felt safe when we were together.
But now I feel like that was the exception.
Like I’m living in some kafkaesque nightmare
Where you’re treating me like an adversary.
And what hurts is that you’re not even contrite.
What a waste.
Shame on you.


Written for the following daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (cruise), My Vivid Blog (appropriate), The Daily Spur (safe), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (exception/kafkaesque), Ragtag Daily Prompt (adversary), and Your Daily Word Prompt (contrite).

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #136

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The photo below is from Sebastian Czubachowski at ephotozine.com

For the visually challenged writer, the black and white photo shows a dog and a young boy expectantly looking out of windows.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Kafkaesque

FOWCWelcome to September 20, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “kafkaesque.

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Who Won the Week — 9/19/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My Who Won The Week pick for this week is a couple, the Cromers, Craig and Kimberly. Craig is a facilities manager at the University of Miami and he and his wife have Miami Hurricanes season tickets. At every game, they hang an American flag over the railing right in front of their seats.

Early in the second quarter of Miami’s home-opener last week against the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a murmur rose up from the student section at Hard Rock Stadium. Some students noticed a cat dangling from the upper deck. The Cromers, who were sitting below, turned around and looked up. Once they realized what was happening, Craig ripped his flag free from his zip-ties, and he and his wife stretched it out to create a landing pad for the terrified cat.

Eventually, the cat lost its grip and tumbled down toward the suite level. The Cromers’ flag did just enough to break the fall and let a group of students in the section below grab it as it fell to the ground. The entire corner of the stadium in Miami Gardens erupted in cheers as one student raised the cat in the air like it was Simba from “The Lion King.”

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?