|SOURCE: The Oatmeal|
This resolution lasted a lot less time than my New Year's ones did. The trouble is: I LOVE SEMICOLONS <3
I cling to my copy of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, by Lynne Truss, the way the religious cleave to their holy books or, more accurately, the way my daughter handles her ASOS catalogue ;)
Semicolons: I know George Orwell didn't need them and that Virginia Woolfe was addicted but it is this quote in The Medusa and the Snail, by Lewis Thomas, that makes my heart smile:
The semicolon tells you that there is still some question about the preceding full sentence; something needs to be added [...] The period [or full stop] tells you that that is that; if you didn't get all the meaning you wanted or expected, anyway you got all the writer intended to parcel out and now you have to move along. But with the semicolon there you get the pleasant feeling of expectancy; there is more to come; read on; it will get clearer.
The semicolon is the expectation mark ;)
I am reading through my manuscript checking I can't substitute and or but or an ordinary comma in the place of every semicolon. *yawn
If you can't and or but it, and a comma doesn't make enough sense, go-for-your-life and stick your semicolon exactly where you wanted it ;)
Growing up, I loved Marathon chocolate bars; they are called Snickers now.
It was the howling of a lone wolf; it was coming from the edge of the forest.
I'm listening to everything by Camera Obscura, and Glasvegas, that Youtube can play for me; I'm writing my Scottish MG story for the Kelpies Prize/Competition.
ARE YOU PLANNING TO ENTER A WRITING COMPETITION, THIS YEAR?