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Endless Memoriams

On this day
We claim
To remember

But
Who can have memories
except those on the field
and those still at home

On this day
We hail Freedom
But is it
freedom to . . .
or
freedom from . . .
or
simply Free

Can that be won?

Freedom is not given,
should not be hard-won
Freedom is not a gift
for a few
or
for everyone

Freedom is Free
so long as it is not taken

It only ceases to be
when stolen by slaves
who worship their chains

No matter how many fight
and how many fall
Closed fists hold tight
Open hands grasp nothing at all

“The flesh of prose gets its shape and strength from the bones of grammar.” -Constance Hale

As many of you know by now, I am putting the finishing touches on a manuscript. The editing process has been a long journey through enemy territory. I have a tendency to misspell words, overuse commas, and underuse commas. My comma perils are great. Did I mention I love semicolons? Why do people hate on semicolons?

how-to-use-a-semicolonI’ve taken breaks from time to time to amuse myself with quotes about grammar. Here are two of my favorites:

“If you can spell ‘Nietzsche’ without Google, you deserve a cookie.”
-Lauren Leto

“English doesn’t borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar.”
-James D. Nicoll

Someone at Grammarly got wind of my writing escapades and contacted me. If you don’t know, Grammarly is a writing enhancement platform that proofreads, detects plagiarism, and helps writers keep in line with more than 250 grammar rules. I use their Chrome plugin and find it exceedingly useful for online communications.

So, why do you care how I get my writing done?
Remember that kind person who contacted me? He wants to give one of you lovely readers a 3-month subscription to their Premium service for free.
Isn’t that nice?

All you have to do to get your name in the hat is comment on this post. I know I’m not the only one with a blog and/or manuscript around here, so I’m excited to see who gets this.

This handy little iconographic lists the five most common mistakes Grammarly catches. If you want to learn more about their product, just give it a click.

Courtesy of Grammarly
Courtesy of Grammarly (Click to Learn More)

It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one with Comma Plague.
(That’s totally a thing.)