Hello nerdfighters! I have another special guest post for you today. This time, with Lauren Kate the amazing author behind the Fallen series which I absolutely adored. Her new book, Teardrop, will be published in the UK and the US on the 24th of October! Definitely keep an eye out for that one, it won't be long to wait! (When was the last time you cried?)
Also, I kind of adore Lauren Kate even more knowing how much of a grammar nerd she is. Check it out...
I got fired from my first after-school job when the manager caught me editing her grammatically gruesome messages on the dry-erase board in the break room. I’ll never forget her walking in on me using my ugly black apron to wipe out her repeatedly wrong use of their/they’re/there. She told me to leave, and that no, I did not still get the discount on that mascara I’d left by the register.
In seventh grade my best friend urged me to take French with her because her crush Judd had to retake the class to graduate. While she fell in love with the back of Judd’s butt-cut (that was truly the name of the most attractive male hairstyle in Texas in 1993), I fell in love with the many magnificent verb tenses that we never learned about in English class. Imperfect! More-than-perfect! Subjunctive! I actually dressed up as the Plu-Que-Parfait, which seemed to me the most elegant of tenses, for our end-of-the-year party. I remember it was a kind of purple sheath dress and my mother’s high heels, don’t ask me why. Let’s just say that Judd’s butt-cut went as the Imperfect.
Recently, when someone on twitter directed me to @Grammargirl for help with a grammar question, I scoured her tweets and thought, for the first time on twitter, how do I get this girl to be friends with me? My question was about the use of one another vs. each other—in case you’re wondering: each other applies to two people, one another for three or more.
When people ask me about my dream dinner companion, it isn’t Elvis or Mother Teresa or Obama, but the copyeditor who’s worked on my books for years. Do you know how much grammar gold that lady possesses? Have you ever seen a copyeditor on Jeopardy? They kill!
I’ve always been a left-brained soul. My creative mind whirls happily in open pastures but trembles before a calculus theory. And yet, I geek out on grammar. It is the only set of rules I relish following. I think I love grammar because it provides a container for the vastness of storytelling. It makes me feel safe when I have no idea what’s going on in my novel. The container shifts as I need it to, offering endless exceptions, even letting me break the rules—so long as I know I am breaking them. Grammar makes me feel cozy, challenged, and supported.
But writing about how grammar makes me feel cozy, challenged, and supported…well, that makes me feel like a really giant nerd.
Thank you, Lauren!