Lately I’ve been feeling like there’s too many things on my plate.
I mention this to the Spirit of Blogging Present, who laughs at all my comedic posts, even when I feel they are trite.
“I think you mean there are too many things on your plate,” he points out, a little too jovially for my taste.
“You know what I mean. Isn’t there something you can do to help me out here?”
“You know there’re‘s a ridiculous-looking word! And I didn’t mean helping me out with my grammar.”
“Why not? I’m just as qualified to help with grammar as you are. And I notice you make this mistake all the time. I figured you were doing it on purpose to entertain me. Didn’t you notice me laughing every time it happened?” he asked innocently.
“Yes, of course that was my master plan,” I say. “I make mistakes too, you know. It’s not surprising when you think about it. Writing a blog is a lot like having a conversation, and when people speak they say there’s all the time, even when the subject is plural, because they don’t know where the sentence will be going. And I usually don’t know where my posts are going, either.”
“True, but you’re supposed to be some kind of grammar expert. Not to mention an editor. Shouldn’t you be paying more attention?” He smiles apologetically.
“Hey, I try, but I don’t always catch that one. It’s my personal grammar nemesis. Even Shakespeare didn’t catch it. So there. Besides, haven’t you noticed the times I’ve tightened up the sentence and gotten rid of there’s altogether, like saying ‘I have too many things on my plate’? I thought you liked my posts!”
“Of course I do,” said the Spirit of Blogging Present, radiating good cheer.
“Then can you please help me with all the things on my plate before I get too overwhelmed?”
“Sure!” He scoops up the plate of cookies on my desk and shoves all of them in his mouth. Except one.
“Now there’s only one thing on your plate. Have fun with the blogging challenge!” He disappears.
Just see if I ask him for help again.
Yummy image of chocolate chip cookies by Sarah Fleming from Wikmedia Commons, CC-BY-2.0
This post is dedicated to all of you A to Z bloggers and readers. Thanks for keeping me motivated to write!
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, where I will uncover the uncanny letter U…
© Sue Archer and Doorway Between Worlds, 2015