So, yeah, Happy Easter, if you celebrate. (And as I mentioned in my last post, even the non-religious types among us can surely celebrate Easter as the coming of spring. AmIright?) It’s a busy weekend for many and here’s what’s going on around here:
What I’m fussing about: Apostrophes, freaking apostrophes. The overuse of them is a pox upon the land. I’ve written about this before, but apparently I need to write about it every day for forever to stop this scourge. A story: Wednesday night is pie night at Shari’s, which for those of you who do not live in the Pacific Northwest is a restaurant sort of like Denny’s, only better. Not the least because every Wednesday night they offer a free slice of pie with every entree. Num. So my sister and her husband invited me and my husband to go with them to pie night, and we said yes, because, pie night. (And because usually my Wednesday nights are taken up with my writing group or knitting, both of which were canceled due to Spring Break.)
We were not disappointed, especially because we had the most entertaining waitress of all time. Ronda did a “Ta-da!” with every armload of food she brought to every table and engaged in hysterical waitress-ly banter. So it was all good. Except for the blackboard by the front desk which announced specials and MISUSED APOSTROPHES. I was in such a state of shock to see this happen again (I had just read a blogger who should have known better do the same thing) that I forgot the particulars but it doesn’t matter.
Here’s the deal: an apostrophe denotes possession. So: my sister’s pie. My cat’s food. Etc. But when you have a regular, good old-fashioned plural, as in when you want to describe a group of objects or more than one thing, YOU DO NOT NEED AN APOSTROPHE. It is actually easier not to use an apostrophe so I can’t figure out why people persist in adding them in.
Okay, I’m breathing again. We shall carry on.
What I’m fussing about #2: Unnecessary changes. Okay, so this necessitates another story. Last night, a group of us, eight to be exact, partook of Portland Restaurant Month. That might not be its exact name, but the gist of it is that a number of restaurants offer three-course meals (fixed menu) for the price of $29. One of the spots offering this deal happens to be right up the street from us, and it also happens to serve prime rib. Not only that, it is wonderfully old school, with fake red leather booths in the bar, fabulous cocktails, and the prime rib served from a trundling silver cart and carved right at your table.
Recently, Clyde’s was sold to one of the many hip and upcoming restaurateurs that dot this city, who promised to keep all the old-school elements of the place intact. Except he didn’t. Because, no trundling old cart to serve meat from. Every piece of prime rib cooked exactly the same, no matter how it was ordered. And, you used to be able to get a container of their delicious salad dressing to take home for a small fee. But, you guessed it, no more. Sigh. It was fun anyway, with one of our party celebrating the fact that he had just quit his job because his small Etsy business has taken off. (If I knew the link, I’d post it, but I don’t, alas.)
Surely there is a lesson for writers in all this. Don’t fix what isn’t broken? (Except it probably was, a little bit.) I dunno. You tell me.
What I’m reading: Starlight on Willow Lake, by Susan Wiggs. This is, and I quote her website, “a stunning tale of the delicate ties that bind a family together….and the secrets that tear them apart.” I’m fascinated with novels that form parts of series, and this one is just that, another title in the Lakeshore Chronicles. The plot follows a conventional women’s fiction arc, but the author throws in some good surprised. It’s a quick and satisfying read.
Who is helping me: My cat, Lieutenant, as always. He climbs up onto my desk and drapes himself over my arm, then snuggles as close to me as he possibly can. Within minutes my arm is aching with his dead weight on top of it as I try to write.
Why I’m writing such a long post today: Because I have one scene to write to finish the rough draft of my novel. So, of course, it is imperative to write a blog post of great length instead.
That’s it for me. I guess I better go finish that damn novel. What’s up for you these days?
Photos: The candy bunny is by Zela, and the cat photo is by me. It may or may not appear upside down, because WordPress does this funny thing where on the backend the photo shows as upside down or backwards but when I preview it, it is right side up.