I have a few random things to tell you about, and lucky for me it's Tuesday! Since Janna isn't posting today, I'm stealing her Stuff & Things again.
I dove into my query letter yesterday (talk about papercuts!) and so far it's going okay. If you consider lots of single sentences and phrases double-spaced down the page okay. I do have my description paragraph started but so far it's pretty boring, imo.
I did spend a fair amount of time digging through the various agent blogs I frequent, perusing their old posts on queries. Nathan Bransford (of course) has 87 posts labeled "query" so I started there, plus I checkout with Bookends (they've actually been reviewing current clients' actual query letters - worth a look), Rachelle Gardner, and Kristin Nelson. Today I plan to hit up Janet Reid finish Nathan's archives.
Aside from AW, is there another source you think I should check out?
I'm currently reading Grammar Girl's Quick & Dirty Tips by Mignon Fogarty, and while it's making me feel like a complete nerd, I'm reveling in my nerdiness. I know I love grammar, and grammar humor makes me laugh like little else.
Here are a few excerpts I read last night:
When discussing pronoun usage - If it helps, you can remember that Jessica Simpson's song "Between You and I" is wrong. I don't have anything against her. If remembering that her song is wrong helps you remember the rule, she's done a service to the world.
It is I vs. It is me - Now the problem is that 90 percent of you are almost certainly thinking, "That all sounds really weird. Is she serious?" Well, yes, I'm serious, and that is the traditional rule, but fortunately most grammarians forgive you for not following the rule because it sounds stilted and fussy, even to us. So if you're the kind of person who prefers to be proper, it's fine to say, "That is I," and if you prefer to be more casual, it's fine to say, "That is me."
On splitting infinitives - I consider it my calling to dispel the myth that it's against the rules to split infinitives. It's fine to split infinitives, and sometimes, I split them when I don't have to just to maliciously make a point. Yeah, that's my idea of fun! I know it may come as a surprise, but Grammar Girl isn't that adventurous.
I just love her voice and strongly recommend this book if you need a grammar refresher. She's covered every possible issue I could think of, including a few I forgot about until I came across them on the page, and her voice makes what's sometimes a dull subject extremely accessible.
Finally, Barack will be president in just a couple more hours! We've had CNN on since I woke up an hour ago (Ibis had it on long before that) and I'm watching for my friends who are there. A few days ago I read an article discussing how Barack is more than just our new president, he's like a rock star. He's got that cool factor. I believed it when Ibis exclaimed, "there he is!" and I whipped my head from the computer to see him and Michelle walking from "The Beast" to the church. I normally only do that for celebrities.
Words can't express the joy I feel for our country, the hope I have that things will start to get better, and the relief that it's HIM that will be the one leading us on.
Our President. :)