I'm pretty much the "Grammar Police" in my crit group because I don't have much trouble remembering the rules. However, we just saw an influx of new members. When I crit them, I'm finding it takes me five times longer than usual, and I have to look things up. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that we have new members, but dang ... does anyone know if you have to italicize "bourgeois" in narrative? It's a French word, but has it become so well known that it doesn't need to be italicized? Some French words we don't italicize are naivete and fiance. Others must be italicized, like bon voyage and déjà vu (even though we know what they mean, French or not). I must have spent half an hour looking online for the answer ... I still don't know.
CELEBRATE THE SMALL THINGS
This week I'm celebrating:
1) Despite my grumbling above, I'm thrilled to have new members in my crit group! Most of the old members have published books in the past year and promotion has sucked a lot of our time. We weren't writing or critting as much as we used to, and the group was getting a little stale. Teaching new members the ropes is exciting!
2) I finished all of my A-Z Challenge posts! Yippie!
3) I was interviewed by a fellow MuseItUp author, Stuart West, here: Cutting Up and Cutting Souls With Lexa Cain. Please come say "Hi!"
4) Since I finished my A-Z posts and I'm no longer drugged with dental painkillers, I'll be going back to my WIP soon. Yay? I'm a little excited but a little scared too... What if I can't whip the thing into shape? What if it just won't get better? WHAT IF I SUCK???
Does your WIP sometimes worry you? Do you think you may not be good enough to fix it?
This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to post every Friday about something you're grateful for that week. It can be about writing or family or school or general life. This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever!