Friday, January 27, 2012

Passed vs. Past


I know I’ve already claimed that I’m an English badass, but that’s more a pun than it is shameless self promotion (which is why I separated badass into Bad Ass in the blog title up there). Bad Ass. B.A. I have a B.A. in English. Get it? I think I may have overdone it.

But I digress.

Even as a self proclaimed badass, I have my own grammar vices. One of the biggest ones? Passed vs. past.

I never had this issue before the book I’m working on. But you know when you see something or say something so many times and everything starts to run together? Yeah that’s happening to me. So I’m outlining the differences between the words as much for myself as for you. (I know, it’s self-serving. But I’m getting tired of googling these damn words. It makes me feel less B.A. every time I do it).

And here we are!

Pass (Merriam-Webster):
Verb – To move, proceed, to go
(Note: I’m only going over the verb form of pass in this post.)

Past (Merriam-Webster):
Adj. – Just gone or elapsed
Preposition – Beyond
Noun – Time gone by

Now to the hard stuff. The word “passed” is the past participle of the verb to pass. The word past can be an adjective, adverb, or a preposition. But it’s not used as a verb (that’s the real key here).

So:

I passed the Reverend on my way to the circle.

But

I walked past the Reverend on my way to the circle.
I had to get past the Reverend to make it to the circle.

If you’re looking for a verb, use “passed.” If you’re looking to describe (adjective, adverb, preposition), use past. And of course, when talking about the past, use past. :)

I hope that helps you as much is it helped me!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New name, new URL, new direction

For the past five or so years I've had this terrible habit of starting blogs and then never sticking with them. I wanted to blog. I just couldn't find a title and theme that seemed to work, so I'd get bored and move on.

I'm a writer with a blog. There are a lot of us. And there are a lot of blogs. Many of those blogs have a lot of great things to say about writing, but I don't know that I have much to add to that conversation. So this blog wasn't really going anywhere.

Then it happened. I came up with a name.

When I was in college, people would always ask me if I planned to teach because I was pursuing an English degree. I wasn't. Maybe someday but not then, not now. And it infuriated me. There's so much more you can do with a degree in English besides teach, but none of those pesky question askers seemed to know that.

So what have I done with my B.A.? I've become an English Bad Ass.

And here's what you can expect to see on the blog moving forward:
  • Rants
  • Pet peeves
  • Helpful advice (mostly grammar specific)
  • Different things you can do with a B.A. in English
  • Books
  • RTW (because how could I not?)
  • General badassery
  • Chiweenies
Get excited friends. Things are about to get good.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

E-books

I got a Kindle from my boss for Christmas, and can I just say that I think I'm in love? Don't get me wrong. I love my library of books. But for some books, especially really BIG ones that I can't hold in one hand without needing to wear a brace for three weeks after finishing the book, an e-reader is fabulous.


And now, for those looking for books to get on an e-reader (I also recommend reference books, books you aren't sure you want to purchase the hardcover of yet for your library, and books that are ON SALE as e-books) let me recommend the following (because I want a query critique from here):

  • Deborah Camp (A mix of contemporary and Old West Historical romances...over 40 coming in the near future, but here is a list of 10 or so available now)
  • Lorena Dureau (Historical Romance: American Colonial South and West. Very Sexy)
  • Dan Streib (thrillers with a James-Bond-meets-Anderson-Cooper main character)
  • Barbara Keesling (her too-hot-to-blog nonfiction is herehere, and here)