Big Brother?

I was just informed that the term ‘Big Brother’ does not always refer to our government. It is used to mean anyone who spies on everyone else. Now during that conversation, I became confused as to who my opponent was referring to when she said Big Brother. We were talking about how hackers can get in on even smartphones. Take a picture of what’s on your screen, then blow it up to see what you had on there. Can get all your info that way.

Now I wasn’t arguing about that. I know that can happen. What I objected to was her referring to that as Big Brother. She said it was a term everyone uses nowadays for that. That was what I was objecting to.

To me, Big Brother means our government. So when she said that term, that’s what I thought she was referring to. Made the conversation a little confusing to me. So I suggested to her that she and I come up with a different term for everyone else and leave the term Big Brother to our government. It’ll make things easier for everyone when we know for certain of whom we are talking. Don’t you think?

So I suggested we call the hackers ‘Big Sister’. She didn’t like that. Said hackers can be women also. I said I knew that but think a minute. What do men call each other when they want to be insulting? They call each other ‘lady’, don’t they? Or the others ‘girls’. So why can’t we use the same term? I think hackers ought to be insulted, so if men think the term ‘ladies’ is insulting, then why can’t we just use it? It doesn’t matter if some hackers are women, they all know the connotation of the term and so will feel the insult as well. So I say let’s call the hackers Big Sister and our government Big Brother. It’ll keep everything straight. What do you say? Or if you have a better term, then let’s hear it. I’m willing to listen.

You and I again

I keep reading sentences like ‘He went with Jane and I’. I know people are trying to correct their language but this is not correct. It should be ‘He went with Jane and me’. Do you know why? Because when you remove ‘Jane and’, you get ‘He went with I’. Doesn’t sound right, does it? It’s just a very simple exercise, but it can show you exactly how to write your sentences. And even how to speak. So simple.

Love you,
Bully Bitch

Let’s discuss Parallelism.

Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? It isn’t, though. This is something all authors need to know. Parallelism is two or mor ideas that are parallel. That is, comparing ideas that go together. But these sentences need to be written in a certain way. They should be balanced: single words with single words; phrases with phrases; clauses with clauses. Here are some examples I pulled from the book ‘A Writer’s Reference’ by Diana Hacker. You should get this book. Check Amazon.

“A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point.” (Mistinguett)
“This novel is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.” (Dorothy Parker)
“In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the currant.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Do you see what I mean? If not, give me a shout in the comments and I will go over it with you.

Love you,
Bully bitch

Past or present?

I’ve been reading some ebooks, fantasy romances, love them, but I’ve run across some who’s authors wrote them in the present tense. It was very frustrating. There were sentences like ‘I wake up on a hard, cement floor’, and ‘he sees her run through the door’. Not good, people. I tried to read through one book written like that and couldn’t get it done. I skipped on to the next story. And when I saw another story written like that, I didn’t even try to read it. I just went on to the next one.

Writing in the present tense is for the blurb you write to promote your book. Your book needs to be in the past tense. I know this sounds contradictory, but if you look at the successful books, you will see what I mean. The sentences should be ‘I woke up on a hard cement floor’ and ‘he saw her run through the door’. It’s just the way it is, folks. Try it and see if you get more readers coming back to you.
Love you,
Bully Bitch

Can you believe these commercials?

Febreeze is a product I like to use because it works. However, their recent commercials are making me wonder what kind of morals do these people have. Two commercials, so far, are depicting mothers coming into their sons’ rooms and telling them their rooms stink too much for their visitors. They clean it up with the product, then, lo and behold, let girls come into their sons’ bedrooms. WHAT MESSAGE ARE THEY GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY? That it’s okay for boys to have girls in their bedrooms? Is the viewing public okay with this? If it is, then no one should wonder why young girls are getting pregnant. Or is that something no one thinks about or cares about anymore? What’s going on, folks?

Smokers are friendlier people. Go figure.

My sister is still in the job market age and has been trying to quit smoking for ages. Can’t get it done, however, because, she says, she can’t get into any conversations with non smokers because they’re all on their cell phones, either texting or surfing the web. Smokers, on the other hand, are outside with their cigs and their buddies talking away. What’s up with that? Good lord! It’s no wonder people nowadays are hostile. Nobody wants to take the time to get to know anyone, anymore. Except the smokers. Come on, people. Everyone’s trying to get everybody to quit smoking, but I’m wondering if that’s a good idea.

Love you guys anyway,

Bully Bitch

A lesson in commas.

Or part of one, that is. There are a lot of ways to use commas, but I’m going to talk about just this one for now.

When writing about someone talking to another person, you put a comma right before you write that other person’s name. Example: “How are you today, Zeke?”
When you are telling another person about someone, you don’t use the comma. Example: “Did you hear what happened to Zeke?” Another example: “This is my brother Zeke.”

If you had written; “This is my brother, Zeke,” you would have indicated to your reader that you were speaking to Zeke. Any time you use a comma right before someone’s name, that tells your readers you are speaking to that person. When you don’t have a comma there, that means you are talking about that person.

A comma indicates a pause in the sentence. Whether people realize this or not, everyone does pause, a very brief moment anyway, right before they say the name of the person they are talking to. They don’t when they are talking about someone else. It’s an unconscious thing and you can notice it if you pay close enough attention. That’s why we use a comma in that manner when talking to or about people. Okay. Enough said.

Love you,
Bully Bitch

A lesson in ‘should of’.

I’ve read too many sentences that contain the words ‘should of’ when speaking of someone who should have been doing something. Now I know it often sounds like that is what people are saying, but it isn’t. What they’re really saying is ‘should have’. And that is what you should be writing when you are talking about something someone should have been doing. To write ‘should of’ just lets people know you are not very educated in the ways of the English language. And if you are a citizen of an English speaking country, then this is not acceptable. If you want to sound intelligent, you need to speak your own language properly. It is an unconscious act that everybody automatically treats anyone with respect when he/she speaks his/her language properly. It happens everywhere. Can be actually witnessed if you pay close enough attention. So take these lessons to heart. Your life can be greatly improved simply by speaking your language properly. Try it.

Now we have to deal with ‘who vs that.’

I’ve been reading a lot of emails, articles, stories that are saying ‘that’ in place of ‘who’ when talking about a person. Now listen, folks. Since when are people things? ‘That’ refers to a thing. ‘Who’ refers to a person. So instead os saying, “She was the one that noticed it.” You should be saying, “She was the one who noticed it.” Now doesn’t that sound better?
The reason I’m getting opinionated about this is because when you use the word ‘that’ in reference to a person, you are demeaning that person. And I’m wondering if this isn’t a part, albeit a tiny part, of the problems our world is facing today. People don’t think well of each other anymore. A good too many of us, anyway.
I know this isn’t something we have done on purpose. It’s all unconsciously done. That is, when we use ‘that’ instead of ‘who’, we are unconsciously telling that person he/she doesn’t matter. And that person will get the message even while they are not consciously thinking about it. It’s demeaning and it does cause a shift in our thinking even if we are not realizing it. We need to do better.
Now I know this is a tiny thing I’m suggesting, but if we do this simple little change in how we speak of other people, we may see some little bit of change in how we think of one another. I’m thinking this just might be a good experiment to try. What do you say?

Okay. What’s with ‘shaking your head yes’?

What’s actually happening when you shake your head in the yes mode? You are nodding your head, isn’t it? So why have we started saying ‘shaking your head yes’? You’re nodding. That’s it.

Now you’ve all surely heard by now that ‘less is more’, right? So why does it make sense to you by saying ‘shaking your head yes’, when nodding is all you need to indicate the action? Come on, guys. We can all do better than that.

Love you anyway,
Bully Bitch