Monday, 5 August 2013

Blurbs And Blogs.

It's been ages since I mentioned I'm a grammar anarchist. Been ages since I noted that run-on sentences without the use of commas and the over-usage of the conjunction word "and" is an excellent way of learning how to hold your breath and waiting for the sentence to finally end and then you find as your face turns blue that the lack of commas are making you gasp for air and thus you give up on the run-on sentence and decide to skip the sentence but hang on it's going to abruptly end!

Gosh, I'm working on a story. Wow n'stuff!  Then comes the cover reveal and its imminent release, pending approval by the writing parole board.  Or perhaps my book launch.  Launched in a sewage treatment plant near you.

In my story, the main characters are the Tagonist family.  Brother Bill, along with his buddy Ted, who would like an excellent adventure. Granny Mabel and Grampa Marvin, who love to go to strip bingo with the hope of  losing every game. Ma Susie Q, who likes country rock and Papa John, who dreams of owning a pizza place. Then we have the evil twisted sister, Ann Tagonist, who decided, we're not gonna' take it....any more....Some reading the story will not like the Tagonist family.  Some will be pro-Tagonist.

I have noticed a lot of writer and blogger lingo.

Blurbs.
WIP.
Flash  fiction.
NaNoWriMo.
IWSG, which is here: The Insecure Writer's Support Group.

I thought a blurb was a burp
What a twerp
A stomach ache
For goodness sake
A summary
Of a book you see
WIP not missing a letter
So much the better
Work In Progress
Time to impress
Flash fiction
Caused me some friction
Thought it was about a daring nude
Seems I was only thinking crude
NaNoWriMo
What do you know
Not about Mork
And the way he'd talk
IWSG filled me with glee
Thought it was regarding me
The Insecure Writer's Group
Go check out that diverse troop.
 

The Tree of Life is reaching its conclusion.  To see the ongoing collaboration, this link will take you right up to date, Tree of Life: Branching Out.  Special mention to Samantha Geary who has been a marvel at coordinating the project.

Liking grammar anarchy?
For or against the Tagonist famiily?
Excited by writer and blogger lingo?
Is the poetry attempt okay?
Checking out the ongoing Tree of Life collaboration?
Notice no mention of the upcoming anti-blogfest?

132 comments:

  1. I don't know what to say. Except I am awestruck by your wisdom and shove full of knowledge. Like Gary, you're so prolific and stuff. I must admit though, I didn't know you were grammar maverick. Cute-Os buddy!

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    1. Hi Joylene,

      I don't know what to say, either. My wisdom knows no boundaries. My knowledge should be shoved somewhere, butt, I'll leave it at that.

      I is the grammar maverick, the grammar rebel and I is gonna' take over this here blogsville n'stuff, eh. Spaghetti-Oh's, young lady!

      Thank you, Joylene.

      Gary :)

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  2. The Tagonist family are just like everyone else. I'm definitely pro-Tagonist. Thanks for the grammar lesson, too, LOL. I needed that :)

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    1. Hi Gwen,

      The Tagonist family, a true representation of your um normal family. The Tagonist's are lurvin' y'all.

      Grammar and ridiculously long sentences. Some should be given a long sentence for writing a long sentence.

      Thank you, Gwen.

      Gary :)

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  3. That was very creative! You are a true writer.
    The Tree of Life story has been really cool.
    And we'll be seeking you next Monday...

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    1. Hi Alex,

      Thank you. You are most kind and you inspire me. Notably the way you summarise at the end of your posts :)

      The Tree of Life has been taking some interesting twists and turns.

      Something happening next Monday? Should I bring balloons?

      Thank you, Alex.

      Gary :)

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  4. I'm still mulling over the possibilities of strip bingo. Yowza!

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    1. Hi Debra,

      Strip bingo, coming to a hall near you in Edmonton! Yay, eh and oops!

      Thank you, Debra.

      Gary :)

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  5. Okay? OKAY??? Gary, I was dying. So clever. LOVED the poetry. (Laughing at WIP not missing a letter) I feel like I've missed so much being out of town for a week. Playing catch up...

    And verrrry stoked for next week! ;-)

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    1. Hi Morgan,

      I'm well pleased you like liked the poetry and I is thankful for that :) WIP it good, as Devo might sing. You have been away and you explained the acronym on your blog posting. I'm eternally grateful for that!

      You is "stoked"? Well, okay! LOL

      Thank you, Morgan.

      Gary :)

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  6. That first sentence might be the longest sentence I have ever read. Congrats!

    Loved the poem. You are soooo creative.

    I must run. Not run on. Just run.

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    1. Hi Robin,

      That's one of my shorter sentences in regards to my run-on sentences that I've written and I did do a really long blog posting that was made up of just one sentence and that was really quite the attempt at practising a breathing exercise although if you note further down rhymeswithplague has made mention that his alter ego does pretty long run-on sentences n'stuff! :)

      Glad you loved the poem, Robin.

      Where did she go?

      Gary :)

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  7. Pro-Tagonists, poetry and promoting--you are a man of many talents, Gary! I think Bill and Tedd would love our excellent adventures:) Many thanks for your awesome Tree support, or is that tech support, well, either way, I'm going to see just how many commas I can squeeze in here, just to say, you rock with your anarchist self!

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    1. Hi Samantha,

      Simply stupendous scintillating success at your alliteration :) Bill and Ted! Excellent! I'm glad to be there discreetly in the background showing my support.

      Anarchy is the way forward. I'd do a whole bunch of commas. Boy George would be proud. Comma, comma, comma, comma comedian...

      Thank you, Samantha.

      Gary :)

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  8. I think writer lingo and blogger lingo are two different and separate things. Writers, who are also bloggers know about puncuation, grammar, spelling and ... bla bla bla. Bloggers like myself have no idea about most of that. We just say any kind of crap that comes into our mind. I just bet you read some of our blogs and shake your head in disgust.

    Have a GREAT day Gary

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    1. Hi Terry,

      Some of the lingo is intertwined. After all, a lot of the bloggers are also accomplished writers. This satirical posting was my way of demonstrating I actually don't give a crap about any grammar rules. I'm a writing rebel and always will be. I wish they could explain what the hell some of those acronyms mean.

      I cannot believe that some of the alleged comedy bloggers get so much attention to their stuff, that frankly, I don't think is funny. Much like my garbage attempts aren't particularly funny.

      I was hoping you would enjoy the tongue-in-cheek satire. Take care, Terry.

      Gary :)

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  9. LOL! I wondered the same thing about flash fiction first time I heard that word. It's a good thing I'm a fast reader or I wouldn't have made it to the end of that first sentence.

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    1. Hi Diane,

      Aha, so you read that first sentence in a flash!

      Thank you, Diane.

      Gary :)

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  10. Awwwwwwwwww am getting quite nostalgic now for Mork and Mindy! The BEST love story between and alien and an earthling with the cutest baby! LOL!

    Take care
    x

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    1. Hi Old Kitty,

      Nano! Nano! I shall not dare make mention of my ex-wife! LOL

      Thanking you, Old Kitty.

      Gary :)
      x

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  11. Think I'd be pro-Tagonist, they sound like a jolly bunch! Your poetry is tops, thanks for the chuckle today.

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    1. Hi Suzanne,

      The Tagonist's are your friends! Jolly good show. My poetry has reached the bottom, me thinks. I'm glad this could make you chuckle.

      Thank you, Suzanne.

      Gary :)

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  12. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I also thought a blurb was a burp, hahahahaha. And here I thought only a Spanish speaking dragon could have thought that. Thank you for making me feel I'm not alone in this. You're great. Thanks for the chuckle!

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    1. Hi Al,

      *Blurb!*....excuse me! LOL It seems a Spanish speaking dragon and this bewildered alleged human, have much in common. Yes indeed, you're not alone. I promise to not write a dragon sentence....Be well and let's both chuckle in common.

      Thank you, Al.

      Gary :)

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  13. You may have come up with an idea to spice up those boring games of Bingo. Then again, the folks at the nursing home would probably be yelling at each other, "Put it back on! Put it back on!" Sometimes, a bit of fantasy is preferable to naked reality...

    Fun post, and I'm not mentioning the non-blogfest blogfest, too.

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    1. Hi Susan,

      Strip Bingo is the way forward. For each strip you play, if you lose, you strip. You might be right about putting the clothes back on at the nursing home. I just had a visual and..oh and oh...

      Thank you for the non-mention of whatever is going on.

      Gary :)

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  14. Oh, I don't know. I write some pretty long sentences myself, or at least my alter ego, Billy Ray Barnwell, does.

    It's too long to put into a comment, but maybe you and Robin would like to take a gander at the preface to Billy Ray Barnwell Here....

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    1. Hi rhymeswithplague,

      Your alter ego writes some pretty long sentences. Okay, I shall do some breathing exercises before checking it out.

      I'll have a gander and bring along another goose. Perhaps Robin is already there.

      Gary :)

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  15. Oh how nice to giggle after feeling so melancholy most of the day. I am up on all the lingo...been known to use some of it myself. Loved the poem, and the Alex-style list of questions at the end ;-)
    Tina @ Life is Good

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    1. Hi Tina,

      It's good to giggle. Especially after what you've been going through. The lingo, the bingo, the bongo. The thing is that not everybody knows the lingo. Glad you liked the poem, Tina.

      You noted my satirising Alex :)

      Thank you, Tina.

      Gary :)

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  16. So funny, reminds me of my recent editing episode in which a new editor told me all the short sentences - the ones the former editor told me came from sentences that caused breathlessness and to shorten them so they provided more action - were now sounding like Christopher Walken was talking! I tell ya, ya just can't win!

    And yes dealing with writerly lingo - with taglines and blurbs, not to mention the synopsis, the epilogue, and prologue! So today I'll be Aunt Tagonist! :)

    Love, love, love the tree of life!

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    1. Oh, and despite your dislike it's all about the Sunshine tonight!

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    2. Hi Yolanda,

      The balance is something I try to practice. If I read one of my own sentences, I note if I'm getting breathless. Of course, I seldom read my own stuff. And nobody edits my writing. Okay, Penny edits my writing. Christopher Walken, now you're talkin' :)

      Seriously, there's too much assumption that somebody reading a posting will be in the know with all that jargon and acronyms. It needs explaining to the novice.

      Synopsis, dialogue, analogue. What would Ann Tagonist think of it all.

      Sunshine, I shall be checking out your site very soon :)

      Thank you, Yolanda.

      Gary :)

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  17. The poem was really fun! I enjoyed this post very much.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Gina,

      I'm glad you thought the poem was fun and then some. Thank you, Gina.

      Gary :)

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  18. Tee hee
    Love the self portrait.

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    1. Hi John Gray,

      I was feeling blue at the time.

      Gary :)

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  19. Love the flash fiction definition!

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    1. Hi Annalisa,

      In a flash, I thank you!

      Gary :)

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  20. Your grammar anarchy was quite the run-on adventure. I'm not sure how I feel about the Tagonist family, particularly Ann. But Ann can be a catalyst for change so we'll see. Your poetic venture was quite the success to me in breaking down the lingo we writers toss around like loose noodles lol!! And oh the Tree of Life, how it has taken a beautiful life of its own.

    Hugs to you, Gary and to Penny too :-)

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    1. Hi Angela,

      I once did an entire posting that was a run-on sentence that would have made Stephen King proud and it had lots of extra information packed into the sentence that wasn't really needed in that sentence and then the sentence that made up an entire posting ended for no apparent reason and without any commas :)

      I think Ann Tagonist is not gonna' take it any more...Perhaps she is a positive rebel for change. An interesting concept and yes, we'll see.

      Writer lingo can perplex. All those acronyms without explanation, can get me a Googling. "WIP" indeed! LOL

      Penny and I, her mere human, thank you for the hugs. Hugs back atcha'...

      Gary :)

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  21. Keep going Gary. You are a gifted writer and poet.
    I will be the first one to buy your children's book.

    I look forward to learning more about the Tagonist family now... but don't forget to ask Penny for feedback. He is the Superstar here so don't ignore his opinion please.
    I tried to open the tree of life but nothing happens. (I know I should feel embarrassed but I have given up on feeling embarrassed).
    Hugs,
    Julia

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    1. Hi Julia,

      I shall keep going. Head out the front door and go for a spin in my exotic sports car. Then I woke up :) Thanks for the kind words, Julia. A children's book 'pawblished' by Penny, me thinks.

      The Tagonist family will have their own sitcom. Penny, she is my advisor. I carefully listen to her wise words. She even taught me how to roll over.

      That link on my posting isn't working for you? Oh, it works fine when I click on it. Maybe, if you so wish, try copying and pasting this,

      http://writerlysam.wordpress.com/

      Thank you, Julia.

      Hugs,

      Gary :)

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    2. I'll try that then, Sir. Thank you, Gary!

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  22. Your writing is very interesting and well articulated:) I always like to hear (or read) what you have to say.

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    1. Hi Munir,

      Oh no, I want to be the grammar anarchist :) I appreciate that, dear lady.

      Thank you, Munir.

      Gary :)

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  23. The cat will say what he wants to say come what may. But a comma does come into play and no run on sentences usually are in ones display.

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    1. Hello Pat Hatt

      Or is it the cat?
      Thus the secret to your success is that you don't bother with commas or run-on sentences and such things that would make your pawetry style if you are the cat and not the human showing off his armpits that things on display at you bay or your zoo it be true are short and to the point rather like Dr. Seuss and his hop on pop cat in the hat fox in socks Sam-I-Am?

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  24. A story is not a story without Pro-T.

    When someone is being interviewed on TV, have you noticed all the words are run-on without commas or periods because if the speaker stops the interviewer jumps in. Once in a while just take a good gulp of air.... Oh Oh, then you lose your spot.

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    1. Hi Manzanita,

      There are no rules in a grammar anarchy story :)

      Worryingly, I understand what you mean. When speaking in the interview, the person speaking, should state the word "comma" and then continue.

      Sorry, where were we?

      Thank you, Manzanita.

      Gary :)

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  25. uh oh....you must want to rip my blog to hell when you read it :)

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    1. Hi Caren,

      Oops, "Caren, you have been evicted, please leave the 'Big Blogger' house!" LOL

      Thank you, Caren.

      Gary :)

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  26. I do like commas, as I enjoy breathing every now and then.

    I can see the story of the Tagonist family being a running hit on NY Times best seller list and then being made into an Owen Wilson movie. Of course, Jennifer Aniston would have to be in it also. She could play Granny and go on and on and on with her whinny voice.

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    1. Hi Arleen,

      I like commas, very, very, very, very much :) One does need to breathe.

      The Tagonist family being on the Upper Lower Piggy Bottom best seller list. A blogbuster movie version of the book. Owen Wilson and yes, good old Jennifer. With Friends like her...

      Thank you, Arleen.

      Gary :)

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  27. Before I submitted my manuscript, I did a seek and find, looking for "that", "had" & "and". These can usually be dropped without changing the sentence at all.

    Now I can't read a book without seeing all these extras jumping off the page.

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    1. Hi lotta joy,

      All that extra "baggage" in a sentence aint doing it no good, I reckon. Yep, drop the lot. I think adding words to a sentence that don't need to be there, weakens the sentence.

      Stephen King gets away with it. Yikes!

      Thank you, dear lady.

      Gary :)

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  28. Love your sentence, and your poem. But have to say, the poem could be longer, 'cause there's also CP - which doesn't mean colored people, YA, Beta readers, blog hops. Okay, the list is endless. Loved the poem. :) Writer’s Mark

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    1. Hi Nancy,

      I thank you for that. Indeed, the poem could of been much longer. I know what "YA" mean. "CP" is um, "Couch Potato", "Content Provider"...The list is endless, for "Beta" or for worse. Thank you for not mentioning "blogfests"! Oops...:)

      Thank you, Nancy.

      Gary :)

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  29. Another amazing post. And I am LOVING the Tree of Life. You, and all of the collaborators have soooooo much talent.

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    1. Hi Sue,

      That's very kind of you :) That collaboration project has been fun to be a part of. It took some persuading to get me involved. I expect my shipment of chocolate chip cookies to arrive any day now. I'm flattered to have been asked to get involved with such talent.

      Thank you, Sue.

      Gary :)

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  30. Dude Gazza,

    That was a really cool poem (I read it in the walk-in fridge :)

    Cheers for the smiles and the dreams of bicycles and icicles :)


    PS... If you're not going to mention that the Anti-bloghop, known as "GARYFEST" will be held LIVE this coming MONDAY, well then neither will I:)

    What?

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    1. Dud, sorry, dude Mazza,

      I wonder if you have talking walk-in fridge. Perhaps that thought is a fridge too far. Like a fridge over troubled waters. Heartbreak bridge. A talking fridge. The fridge of sighs. Sorry, what am I doing. Making an ice of myself.

      On your bike and mind your ice, my friend :)

      "PS", not another acronym! And skilfully skipping past your last sentence, I suddenly end my reply. Yay!

      Huh?

      Gary :)

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  31. Good to hear that you are writing, and poetry too! :0)

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    1. Hi Carole,

      I dabble in a bit of writing. As for my poetry, oops :)

      Thank you, Carole.

      Gary :)

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  32. What a humorous post my friend. Tagonist LOL. Oh Gary. I s'pose I am Pro-Tagonist. I've went back and forth a lot though. And I am the king of the run-on sentence, or so I was told by my English professor in college.

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    1. Hi Keith,

      Thank you for that, good sir. The Tagonist family would appreciate you! :) No run-on sentence by you in your comment. With that, my comment shall abruptly end!

      Thank you, Keith.

      Gary :)

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  33. Hi Gary - I really can do without the running on ... something I struggle with now-a-days ... not the ellipses versions though!

    Oh gosh that GaryFest is approaching fast ... and I entered ... better get my thought processes into gear ...

    Cheers to you and enjoy the rest of the summer weather - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary,

      The balance of trying to get a sentence structure just right, can be a tricky one. Some sentences can be too short. I suppose the main ideal is that the sentences within a paragraph have a nice flow to them.

      Oh yes, that anti-blogfest! Argggghhhh!!!

      May we both savour any remnants of the summer.

      Thank you, Hilary.

      Gary :)

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  34. Oh Gary, what would we do without you to lighten us up so we don't take ourselves and pursuits too seriously!

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    1. Hi Julie,

      You got it, my friend! That was exactly my intention. My hope is indeed to bring a bit of light relief to those who really need to have some chill time. Thanks for noting that.

      Gary :)

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  35. Twisted minds think alike. I always think of Mork from Ork when NaNoWriMo is spewed all over blogland. Shazbot!! Those were the days when I first fell in love with Robin Williams. And I see "RIP" whenever someone talks about their WIP. It's depressing, you know? Why don't writers just use normal people-speak? Oh and - ya got me started here - I've had people ask me how many "unique" followers I have. "Heck, they're all unique, especially Gary," I tell them. "IWSG. Do you know where he is?" I then ask.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Hi Robyn,

      As in "Twisted Sister"? Perhaps, rather worryingly, our minds seem to be of a similar thinking, "out of the blog", wavelength. Of course how long does one wave. Oh you fell in love with Robin Williams back in the days when he was almost funny :) I wish "WIP" would "RIP"! The lingo I read is most depressing. Do they assume everybody who reads their stuff knows what the hell they're talking about....Gosh, nice to be the uniquest of the unique. I shall uniquely follow your site. I hate that word "followers". "IWSG" "I Will Stop Grammar".....

      Thank you, Robyn.

      Gary :) x

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  36. I love grammar anarchy. Hate spelling anarchy and have some 'pawsitive' messages to share at The Desert Rocks.

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    1. Hi Eve,

      Here's to grammar anarchy! I thought spelling in American English was spelling anarchy. Penny and I, her alleged human, as you will know, visited your site. Nice one :)

      Thank you, Eve.

      Gary :)

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  37. Loving how your column and your comment at my blog coincide!! Our brains must have been in sync this week! :)

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    1. Hey Jemi,

      Perhaps it was destiny that our postings were of a similar theme. Our brains might have been down the "sink" this week :)

      Take care, eh!

      Gary :)

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  38. I also worry about turning blue and go crazy with commas. Ann Tagonist is a great character who really turned her life around after she was a pro!

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,

      Indeed, commas, a wonderful, amazing, fantastic way of not worrying about turning blue. Ann Tagonist, a true hero and a pro to the end.

      Sending you and your loved ones, some warm wishes.

      Gary

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  39. I shall be adding more poetry, Gary, hope you find some other poems that you like. Hugs x

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    1. Hi Carole,

      I shall check out your additional poetry. As you know, complicated poetry is tough on my last two brain cells :)

      Thank you, Carole.

      Hugs,

      Gary x

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  40. Loved your post, maybe because I'm a grammar pedant myself! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Hi A Cuban In London,

      That's very kind of you. I have noted your highly detailed comments on other sites. A bit of a stickler for proper grammar, me thinks.

      Greetings from a British Canadian from London living in Leek.

      Gary :)

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  41. I never got to go to a grammar school. I was flung out into a large world. So I have to guess grammar., (:) :- I am a man of simple words, no hang on that's not right I am a man of misspelt words.?,.

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    1. Hi Rob,

      Who'd a thunk it? You were sent scuttling into to that large world full of words that made no sense. Nothing like Miss Spelling. I heard she has an oral command of the English language.

      Thank you, Rob.

      ZOMBIES!!!!

      Gary :)

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  42. I'm not a huge poetry fan, but you and Robert Frost make it work.

    I'm telling you dearest Gary, whom I must share that I had zuchini (can't spell zuchini and I am giving up) bread for breakfast...you better be making that into a book!!! I swear, gifted, twisted funny man...you better be creating a WIP!!! And not for S&M or any other nefarious purposes!!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      As you know, I'm not exactly a poetry enthusiast either. I remember your most flattering comment on my guest post at Damyanti's :)

      Breakfast With Zucchini Minus the Loaf. Or the British version, Breakfast With Courgette Minus the Loaf. The book is on its way. My "WIP" has been WIPPED. "S&M"? Sly and Manipulating? Ignore me!

      Thank you, Elizabeth. Your latest posting was most heartfelt and with an upbeat ending message.

      Gary :)

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  43. I'm glad you didn't mention the anti-blogfest that I did not sign up for and that I may or may not participate in largely because I'm on a blogging break, semi...can't you tell? No? Ahem. :P

    Run-on sentence? Typos? Neva. Not me I know how to use the comma just sprinkle at will, that'll do, I'm sure, that, will.



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    1. Hi Elise,

      I think you should do an "I'm On A Semi-Blogging Break" blogfest! Delighted you didn't mention the unmentionable :) You still found the time to do an "I Was Seeking Gary" posting. I'm most grateful for that.

      You would never do a run-on sentence and keep using the word "and" over and over and over and not bother using commas and you would much rather splash in the commas willy nilly and I understand that. You might just be a comma, comma, comma, comma comedian. Boy George would be proud of you!

      Happy semi-blogging break. I look forward to your blogfest about it.

      Gary :)

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  44. Now that's just funny.

    IWSG!!!!

    Heather

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    1. Hi Heather,

      Thanks. Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you participating in the "I Was Seeking Gary" postings. My ego is going to explode!

      The wee folks say hi to Stormy.

      Thank you, Heather.

      Gary :)

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  45. Hi Gary, as you have seen in my blog, I am a runner yes ser, I run and I run. Basically, I lose myself in my own post sometimes. I should really be running to my local writing class. Love the poetry!

    Madison:-)

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    1. Hi Madison,

      Where did you go? Aha! I think you may have run-on and ran into your own posting and read it again and then thought about running down to your local writing class and then when you get to your local writing class think about how much you love my poetry and you end up running the class and start writing poetry or something like poetry...

      Thank you, Madison.

      Gary :)

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  46. Gary!!!!! Thinking of daring nudes might be crude, but I suppose it passes the time. I've got to get by here more often because I'm now laughing so hard, tears are running down my face. :)

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    1. Hi Celeste,

      Yay, it's one of them there superstar authors! :) In a flash fiction, you have delighted with one of your must-read comments. I'm profoundly grateful for this. I also have tears running down my face because of you participating in the "I Was Seeking Gary" postings! :)

      Thank you, Celeste. You are da bestest n'stuff.

      Gary :)

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  47. I've never played strip bingo! Played spin the bottle though. Love the poem! You DO have a way with words my man. I made it through that first sentence and boy did it bring back memories! Yep. I used to do that. Oh, the writing life...!

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      Strip bingo is all the rage! Folks hoping to lose each game until they are naked. Quite the visual. I remember playing spin the bottle. It was the one time I got to kiss the really nice looking chick! :) I still remember the look of horror on her face. Run-on sentences? Actually, if Stephen King can get away with it, maybe it's okay. You writers, eh!

      Thank you, Lisa. I'm heading over to your site soon. Yay!

      Gary :)

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  48. Hahaha! Treeeeemendous post!
    Thanks for the entertainment!
    I like the pawthetic endeavors... oops sorry... pawetic endeavors.
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      Thanks and the Oak's on me. Oh how we pine for such posts.

      Glad you were entertained :)

      Me thinks, if Penny wasn't having yet another well deserved doggy nap, she'd reply to the last part of your comment. She is pawsitively pawetic pawhaps!

      Thank you, Michelle.

      Gary :)

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  49. The Tagonists sound like a fascinating bunch. I'm picturing plenty of conflict.

    I hope you recovered after that sentence. Breathe in, breathe out.

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    1. Hi Medeia,

      The Tagonist family will fascinate, contemplate and navigate through the situations in life that we all can relate to.

      I still haven't recovered from the time I did an entire posting that was just one sentence and was devoid of any commas and that really did leave me out of breath and I reached the point that I turned blue just trying to type it and the proof that I turned blue is in the photo which is way above this comment that is way down here.

      Thank you, Medeia.

      Gary :)

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  50. Thank you, Gary, I still have an interest in rock strata, even after all these years, still drive my husband mad when on the beach, tapping rocks to find fossils :0)

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    1. Hi Carole,

      I loved that posting. Nothing like tapping rocks and finding fossils. I tapped a rock and there was my ex-wife. Oops, ignore that. LOL

      Gary :)

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  51. Hey Gary! That was awesome. I remember being so confused whenever I'd read things like NaNoMoPoFlo....or whatever it is. To this day, whenever I see it, I immediately think of Mork and Mindy.
    Also, it took me ages to figure out WIP! I'd even ask people out right, 'What is a WIP?'. They would politely refuse to answer me, as if they were embarrassed that I wasn't embarrassed at not knowing what it is.
    Now I not only know what one is, I have my own WIP, and it's a nasty beast I tell you!
    Anyways, great post, I enjoyed it.

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    1. Hey Eve,

      Oops, I just realised I haven't visited your site in some time, eh. Sorry, eh. I know. Stop with the "eh", already, eh....

      All this Nano this and Oh No that! I think they are talking in Ork talk.

      The secret society of writers who like to have this silly jargon and assume that everybody knows the meaning to all those darned acronyms.

      Hope your nasty beast is a fun "WIP"! :)

      Thank you, Eve.

      Gary :)

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  52. Phew! Finally found your place. I didn't see it on the IWSG list. Are you not part of the group? I thought you were. I know I've been here before through them. Hmmm...something fishy going on in the state of Klahanie. Maybe it's the sea foam. You know how it can give off a stink at times. Yeah...blame it on the dog.

    Great poem. Truly excellent.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. Hey M.L.,

      Thanks for finding or seeking me, as in, "I Was Seeking Gary". I don't do groups. Okay, after being begged to get involved with a collaboration posting, I succumbed to the frenzied pleas. Then I woke up :)

      It be fishy in the Province of Klahanie. In fact...

      A prawn is a crustacean. A crustacean is chiefly an aquatic creature. Typically, having their body covered with a hard shell or crust. One type of prawn is known as a king prawn. Contrary to what I'd believed was true, a king prawn is not in line for the throne of the British monarchy. Crabs are crustaceans. One type of crab is known as a fiddler crab. The fiddler crab, does not, as I was led to believe, play a small stringed instrument, or indeed, entertain the various sea creatures, with tunes from 'Fiddler on the Reef'. 'If I were a rich clam...' Lobsters are crustaceans. One type of lobster is named, slipper lobster. To this day, not one slipper lobster has been seen wearing slippers, smoking a pipe and sporting some tacky cardigan.

      I wonder if a prawn has coral sex? Do they do it atoll? I wrote this comment just for the krill of it. I think I need kelp. I know this comment was all at sea. Yet somehow, it warmed the cockles of my heart. No more fish puns because I'm beginning to flounder. Right, that's enough, I'll clam up now.

      Blame it on the dogfish.

      Thank you for liking my poem, my friend.

      Gary :)

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  53. I have to be honest, grammar was never my strong suit so you being a grammar anarchist is o.k, by me :)

    Another successful "I Was Seeking Gary" post...

    You are such a cordial host....

    The poem was great and gave me a laugh...

    I would say more, but I don't want to gaffe...

    Have a great weekend, my friend :)

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    1. Howdy Mark Means well,

      From reading your stuff, I figured you were into grammar anarchy. I'm kidding! :)

      "I Was Seeking Gary"! My ego is bursting with pride or something like that. I am the host, a shy host, but a host.

      Glad the poem could make you laugh
      All by myself without the staff

      A good weekend to you
      Scooby Doo!

      Gary :)

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  54. Ha! NaNoWriMo is from Mork - and I never even realized it! I'm looking forward to your story about the Tagonist family. Good luck, Gary! <3

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    1. Hi Lexa,

      Mork from Ork talk. Now you know :) The Tagonist family are moving in next door to you.

      Have a peaceful weekend, Lexa.

      Gary :)

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  55. I don't know which I like best, your first sentence or your poem! Or perhaps the Tagonist family....thanks for the smiles. Loved this post!

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    1. Hey The Words Crafter,

      Decisions, decisions! Thank for your kind words. Much appreciated. The Tagonist family are your friends :)

      Gary :)

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  56. I'll vote for the Tagonists. They sound like people I can relate to or not, depending on the circumstances and the length of the sentence in which I can find the words to express my feelings about each and every one of them, large or small, happy or sad, and all in between. (Now you may breathe.)

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    1. Hi Lee,

      The Tagonist family really want you to be an honorary family member. They would also love your sentences, littered with commas and "ands" and "ands" is not a real word and thus, to continue with commas, much like you did, I thank you for your, amazing, superb, thoughtful, captivating, engrossing sentence.

      *turning blue*, again!

      Gary :)

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  57. Oh, don't start me off on grammer or is it grammar let's just take it all away and write and write and write start where you want and finish where you like and I could go on but no

    I love the idea about the Tagonist family, I'm sure it would be a best seller Gary. Just the little you wrote had me real interested. It would be great fun and I know you'd enjoy writing such crazy stuff. What does Penny think?

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    1. Hi Rum-Punch Drunk,

      I wont get you started on grandma or grammar or grammer and never mind with proper punctuation or commas or semi-colons or periods or full-stops if you like and realise that for the bestest dramatic impact a sentence should stop with an exclamation mark!

      The Tagonist family might be the ultimate in satirising writers as they often use lingo as they think about strip bingo.

      Penny thinks I should write crazy stuff n'stuff. Although, I could never write as crazy as her.

      Gary :)

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  58. LOL!!!! Gary, I always love your posts!!! You are a light of humor!!!
    Blessings,
    Suzanne

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    1. Hi Suzanne Bean,

      You are super kind, eh. Thanks for that and a bit of light humour is good.

      Bless you and a lovely weekend in Victoria, as in the city, eh!

      Gary :)

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  59. Liking grammar anarchy? - Loved: I even breathed through it.
    For or against the Tagonist family? Sounds like a family I could love, probably already do.
    Excited by writer and blogger lingo? First time I've never had to google one.
    Is the poetry attempt okay? NaNo NaNo makes perfect sense to me. Did you really think a blurb was a burp?
    Checking out the ongoing Tree of Life collaboration? Ok..later. I like what I've seen so far.
    Notice no mention of the upcoming anti-blogfest? I repeat NaNo NaNo

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    1. Hi Ida,

      Grammar anarchy. A great breathing exercise.
      The Tagonist family are everywhere.
      And when you do Google one, you don't always get the right answer.
      NaNo, I didn't really think a blurb was a burp. I thought it was constipation :)
      You did check out the Tree of Life and thank you.
      What upcoming anti-blogfest? Did I miss something? NaNo, never mind, eh.

      Gary :)

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    2. oooohhhhhh that antiblog fest that has been showing up in various form in my blog feeds today :)... oops I think I might be in :)

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    3. Oh no, Ida! I keep seeing my mug shot on my sidebar. Oops, say it aint so! :)

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    4. Say it ain't so.. there I said it. Now I plan to leave you in peace, because I'm guessing you are going to have a very busy few days, by my calculations there are over 150 blogfests with your name associated to them. woo hoo :)

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    5. Hi Ida,

      Yes you did say it :) I have only just managed to reply to your additional, additional comment at two on a Tuesday morning. Yes, I'm been hovering around and commenting on the whatever is happening. Yikes and help!

      Gary :)

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  60. Gary, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.

    I am thoroughly enjoying myself visiting blogs celebrating the Gary Fest - do you know about that? :P Of course you don't! No wonder you didn't mention it!

    So glad we connected in that conversation. Happy Day to you!

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    1. Hi Vidya,

      Vidya, no, no, no, no, no and no.

      I don't know anything about some fest celebrating this chap named, "Gary". Wonder if I should check it out...

      It's been a delight to start interacting with you. Yay to 'Farcebook'. I note you have a number of blogs. I go to check you out and I end up on the Google+ magical mystery tour. Must delve further.

      Thank you, Vidya.

      Gary :)

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  61. Sleep'n in the sun.... how ya gonna get your day's work done? Is that what you are doing today.... just snoozing away in the sun? Well get some rest. Knowing you you'll answer every single comment with relish (and perhaps mustard).
    Leaving you a big smile for your day.(And for Penny too)

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    1. Hi Manzanita,

      Not sure I'd want to sleep in the sun. I've been told it's rather hot in the sun :)

      I've been a real pickle commenting to everyone and commenting on all those who got involved in something I didn't get involved in. Yep, I'm as keen as mustard. Whatever that means.

      Penny and myself, her mere human, our grateful for your big smile for the day.

      Thank you, Manzanita.

      Gary :)

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  62. Thanks for the chuckle, Gary.
    I am a grammar anarchist, too, though I'm sure I make plenty of my own mistakes and typos these days.

    Love the poem. I especially love the lines:
    Flash fiction
    Caused me some friction
    Thought it was about a daring nude
    Seems I was only thinking crude

    ROFL! ;O)

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    1. Hi Madeleine,

      Grammar anarchy is the way forward on backwards or I have no idea what I is like talking about n'stuff :)

      In a flash
      We had a bash
      Glad you liked the verse
      Some might think I'm getting worse.

      ROFL? I'm kidding! :)

      Thanks, Madeleine.

      Gary :)

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  63. Hi there! I'm Sam.

    I figured I would introduce myself since you have an (anti)blog hop with your namesake. You're a little famous!

    It's taken me a few years to catch on to the lingo around here, but I'm learning everyday!

    Can't wait to read more of your fascinating posts :)

    Sam
    Writing Through College

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    1. Hi there, Sam,

      Pleased to meet you and I pass on belated birthday wishes to you from here. Twenty! Good grief, I wish. LOL

      Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar is famous. As for me, I've heard a rumour about some anti-blogfest. Might check it out just to amuse myself.

      The lingo may well be a secret code. Some acronyms might well have subliminal messages such as, "you will buy my book!"

      You are most kind and thanks for the positive interaction.

      Gary :)

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I do try to comment back to each commenter individually. However, I might have to shorten my replies or give a group thank you. That way, I can spend more time commenting on your blogs. Thank you and peace, my friend.