I Am An Elite Ellipses Warrior Oxford Comma Covert Operative, Anti-Semi-Colon Encryption Agent (Important for Writers)

So, Gentle Reader, my world is full of proofs right now. You’d think I haven’t done this a dozen times before. Yet every new book comes in proofs and I have forgotten how blasted long they take to review. Add to that the fact that I’m paranoid with this book (the last one had more errors than I like) and it’s just taking forever.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, I began the great punctuation apocalypse of 2016… eventually declaring my own allegiances.

This is what happens when Gail is stuck proofing a manuscript on the weekend.

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1847 Graham 64

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence from The Onion (via Barb Bergman @barbekresla)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Six Cliches to Watch Out For


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Proofs. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.

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 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Beyond the Trope podcast interviews my agent Kristin Nelson

Quote of the Day:
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  1. Helen Lashbrook said:

    Your cute looks like my cat Wolfgang – at first glance I thought your headline was that you were an anti-elitist warrior fighting against Oxford university!

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