It’s the last day of November, can you believe it? We hope your NaNoWriMo projects are wrapping up smoothly. If you’ve fallen in love with any passages you wrote this month, send them our way, and we’ll share them!
The end of November also means it is officially the Christmas season. To begin celebrations, Inkblot Editing is taking part in the Ernie Jo Christmas Spectacular, a fundraiser for Middle Way House. As you know, Middle Way House is near and dear to our hearts here in Bloomington, so please consider joining us if you’re in the area. You can RSVP to the event here.
The evening will features some amazing musical acts, including an a cappella group with the best name ever: Resting Pitch Face.
Today, the United States remembers and thanks all veterans who have served this country. For those of us who have not served, memoirs are stirring and sobering first-person accounts of war. We’ve selected a few titles as recommended reading.
Q. Do I cite the transcript of a radio broadcast differently from the radio broadcast? I read the transcript and did not access the broadcast itself.
A.Yes—it’s important to cite the transcript if that’s where you got your information. Please see CMOS 14.277 (“Recordings of literature, lectures, and such”) for an example.
Q.I’m confused why there is a comma before “as well as” in 6.18, “The team fielded one Mazda, two Corvettes, and three Bugattis, as well as a battered Plymouth Belvedere.” If “as well as” was replaced with “and,” there would not be a comma. I can’t find anything else about this in the Manual. Can you please explain?
A.The comma tells us to read the Belvedere as an afterthought—it hints that the battered car is in a different league from the other cars. A search of the Manual for the phrase “as well as” reveals that it is sometimes introduced by a comma and sometimes not, depending on context and meaning.
It’s here, friends! National Novel Writing Month is here! One difficult part of writing on your own is having no official deadline. That’s where NaNoWriMo comes in. They give you a goal and a deadline: write 50,000 words within the 30 days of November. Can you do it?
The folks over at NaNoWriMo have so many supports set up to help you reach your daily writing goals and achieve that ultimate goal of 50,000 words. You can even earn badges as you go along.
One great thing about NaNoWriMo is that you have to turn off your internal editor. Don’t worry about getting it perfect as you craft the sentence, just get the words out! You can fret about fixing them later. You’ll be amazed at how many more ideas flow when you leave editing until later.
So, who is in? If you’re participating in this awesome program, keep us updated! We’ll gladly share your work in progress or the passages you are especially proud of. Just sent it our way, to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line NaNoWriMo!