The Return of Mrs. Write Right

I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to write a come-back post.

First of all, I want to thank everyone who so graciously shared condolences upon the death of my father. He died very suddenly on January 6th, only a few days after my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. I also want to thank my dear husband Michael for posting and letting you all know about it, when I was too overcome with grief to update.

Thankfully we were already near my family, having spent the first few days of our anniversary vacation with them, before we traveled to Orlando to spend the remainder of our time there. We had planned to spend a few more days with my family afterwards, too.

We got the call about my dad the day before we were to return to visit them again. My husband and I spent the duration of that week with my mom, and then my husband traveled back without me. I stayed on with my mom for another week.

I returned toward the end of January, but it took me another week or two after that to get back to work. I slowly adjusted, first returning to work at WEGO Health, and then to Hollywood Birthday at b5 media.

Now it is time I get back to posting here and at All About Musicals.

So much has been happening, and I have so much to share with you about the writing world.

Thank you for your kindness as I grieve for my father. Thank you for being patient while I took some time off from posting, and thank you for welcoming me back with open arms.

Bless you all!

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Passing of a dear father

Hello readers,

This is Mike the husband Julia the normal writer of this blog. This is a quick update to let her readers know that she lost her father yesterday to a sudden heart attack. At this point your prayers are highly welcome. The family is doing well, but still suffering from the shock. Thank you in advance for all of the prayers.

Husband of Mrs. Write Right

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Merry Christmas!


More than two thousand years ago there was a man born contrary to the laws of life.

This man lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity. He received no formal education and never possessed wealth or widespread influence.

He never traveled extensively. He only once crossed the boundary of the country which He lived.

But this man’s life has changed the course of history.

In infancy He startled a king; in childhood He puzzled doctors; in manhood He ruled the course of nature, walked upon the waves, and hushed the sea to sleep.

He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His services.

He never wrote a book. Yet His life has inspired more books than any other man.

He never wrote a song. Yet He has furnished the theme for more songs than all songwriters combined.

He never founded a college. But all the schools put together cannot boast of having as many students.

He never marshaled an army, nor drafted a solder, nor fired a gun. Yet no leader ever had more rebels surrender to Him without a shot fired.

He never practiced psychiatry. Yet He has healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near.

Once each week the wheels of commerce cease their turning, and multitudes gather to pay homage and respect to Him.

Though time has spread two thousand years between the people of this generation and His birth, He still lives. His enemies could not destroy Him, and the grave could not hold Him.

This man stands forth upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, proclaimed of God, acknowledged by angels, adored by His people, and feared by devils, as the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“God also hath highly exalted Him (Jesus Christ), and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-10).

“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).

— “The Incomparable Christ”

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Christmas Grammar Geekery!

A little bit of grammar geekery on Christmas!

As heard on the radio yesterday:

“… faithful friends that are dear to us…”

This version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was recorded by Denver & the Mile High Orchestra. I did a check to see that the original lyrics are correct:

“… faithful friends who are dear to us…”

Merry Christmas, dear readers!

I was on NPR this morning!

Whew! Yes, my guest spot on NPR is over. About twenty minutes after waking up I got the phone call from NPR’s The Bryant Park Project, and I was on the air in a matter of minutes.

The segment was really short– less than five minutes, I think? I was so nervous I’m not even sure of the time! (Plus I was tired, since I was up half the night coughing.)

Sadly, I didn’t get to discuss anything else grammar-related, only “begs the question.” (Sorry to all who sent me their pet peeves and questions– especially those from the AbsoluteWrite forums!)

Since “begs the question” is basically circular reasoning related to logic, I found it difficult to explain. Logic and I don’t get along very well. It’s one of those things you just know is wrong, but the more you try to explain it the more confusing it is. I didn’t get to add my last (and easiest!) explanation, but oh well. They obviously did their research, too, probably just in case I confuzzled everyone!

I’m the type of person who just knows something is wrong, but finds it’s not always easy to explain. I’m not the best at definitions or even giving examples– especially on the spot on the radio, not to mention early in the morning!

Ask me about nauseous/nauseated, less/fewer, who/that, that/which, lay/lie, its/it’s, and the correct use of apostrophes and general punctuation anytime—therein lies my specialty. I get lost in logic. It’s easier for me to edit on paper than on the air.

So, if my explanation confused anyone even more, check out this great example and explanation that I probably should have included in the segment!

Update: Roger J. Carlson at AbsoluteWrite thought I “did a terrific job explaining something really complicated in a short time.” Thanks, Roger! That makes me feel better. 🙂

From Jenna Glatzer’s book, Words You Thought You Knew:

Here’s one of the most misused phrases of all time, and I vote that we ban this expression altogether, because even if you use it correctly, most people won’t know what you mean. Journalists often say that something begs the question when they mean that there’s a question begging to be asked. A celebrity says, “I’m seriously involved with someone,” and a journalist says, “Well, that just begs the question—are you engaged?” Wrong. To beg the question is to offer as proof something that itself hasn’t been proved; for example, “Women shouldn’t be allowed to vote because men are better decision-makers.” It may also use the original thing that needs to be proved as part (or all) of the argument: “Tall people are smarter because you have to be intelligent to be tall” is begging the question.

Now I’m off to make some tea to soothe my sore throat. I’m surprised I have any voice left since I was up coughing half the night, but I tried not to cough on the air. I think I’m getting a cold. Oh, and if you listen closely I think you can hear my husband laugh in the background, too! Our phones are really sensitive.


Link to the audio interview, in case you want to hear me (with my sore throat) try to explain the logic behind “begging the question” (wherein I probably should have just used Jenna’s example above).

NPR blog entry wherein someone mentioned the difficulty understanding my example in the comments section, and I tried to redeem myself with the quote from Jenna’s book. Nobody’s perfect (you try talking logic on live radio before 8 A.M.), but so far people seem to appreciate what I had to say! 😉

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