WordSmith By Trade and By Passion


In 50+ years of working with words, I have: owned an indie book publishing company; owned a specialty bookstore (brick and mortar and web); published six non-fiction books; composed sales copy for thousands of books; edited textbooks; served as a judge for publishing awards; prepared press releases; prepared and/or edited newsletters for companies and organizations; analyzed websites for usability, typos, jargon, and other functionality issues; proofread and critiqued plays and scripts; written and delivered speeches; served as a judge in speech contests; edited academic papers from simple essays through doctoral dissertations; written song lyrics; and am nearly done with my latest book-length novel. Words are my gig.


My goal is to restore accuracy and readability to any place where words appear: websites, brochures, books, CDs, flyers, banners, newsletters, blogs, online content, business cards, grant proposals, annual reports, employee manuals, product descriptions, publicity blurbs, anywhere. I call myself by many titles: Grammar Goddess, Spelling Swami, Punctuation Princess, Pronoun Professional and Typo Terminator.


My business passion with words is polishing what other people write.


My personal passion with words is creating my own material: songs, novels, spoken-word essays, blogs.


When I'm not working with words, I'm consuming them:  reading books, watching movies, attending plays, being blissed by live music from talented performers playing in small venues, or just thinking.  :-)


Oh, and I love to eat in unique independently-owned restaurants. Yup, and sometimes I take off outta town in my trusty go-mo-bile with a suitcase or two and my trusty word tools.


Here's hopin' we meet down the road - sooner than later.


To quote Christine Lavin: "Ain't Life Grand?"

Plural Not Possessive

Boys, Boy's, Boys', Boise - fooled you.

If your sentence or headline speaks of more than one boy, just add an "s" and be done with it. Leave the cute little apostrophe out of the game. Who's in Boise?

Yours, His, Hers, Theirs, Ours, Its

Honest - for real - I wouldn't kid you.

You don't need an apostrophe on these words. They are possessive all by themselves. They're not plural, they're just handy little words that use an "s" as easily as, well, "as" or "bonus" or "fits."

There - Their - They're - Thayer

THERE are three ways to spell that pesky word. Each of them is demonstrated right here, 'er, THERE. Be sure that THEY'RE used correctly, so that THEIR feelings don't become bruised. Oh, and the Thayer family lived next door to me once upon a time. Nice folks. :-)

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