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Grammar Police Monday - Gaffe-Proof Yourself


Lynda R. Young’s short story titled Birthright has been published by J.Taylor Publishing in the Make Believe anthology launched TODAY! 

Make Believe is currently available in e-book format and includes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy stories inspired by the image on the cover. (Hint: holiday gift idea. ;)

Mark your calendars. Lisa Regan's debut crime thriller Finding Claire Fletcher will be released on Dec. 6th!

Down on his luck, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a woman he meets at a local bar, but in the morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving behind clues to a decade-old mystery. Abducted at age fifteen, no one has heard from Claire Fletcher in ten years. Until now. Driven by an unsettling need to see Claire again, Connor sets out to solve the mystery of her disappearance once and for all. 

I'll be hosting Lisa on Wednesday the 12th when she joins us for an interview. 


I know you're all busy, so here's a quick usage lesson...

Gaff vs Gaffe
A gaff is a metal spur or hook.
A gaffe is a social blunder; a faux pas.

Naval vs Navel
naval officer can be found on a warship.
navel can be found on your abdomen or the end of an orange.

Stationary vs Stationery
If it's in a fixed position, it's stationary.
If it's something you write on, it's stationery.

Thanks for visiting. :)


  1. Those are common mistakes I find in high school students' writing. Easy to muddle.

    Lynda's story looks great.

  2. Stationary vs Stationery is one I see confused often. I think of stAtic as beinging similar to stationAry, both have have an "A" in them. Make Believe sounds great and I hope Santa can get me an e-reader so I can start downloading all these wonderful books. I have a few of them on PC but it's a pain (literally) trying to read them from the computer monitor.

  3. Argh! I always struggle with stationary vs stationery... stoopid distinction. :P

  4. Thanks for the heads up on the Make Believe anthology. I happen to follow Jennifer M. Eaton who also contributed a story that anthology!
    Gaff/Gaffe is a good reminder. And I'm looking forward to the Lisa Regan Interview next week!

  5. Amazing what one letter can do to change the meaning of a word. I love these posts!

  6. Very excited for Lynda!
    And if you find a naval officer on your abdomen... well, I'm not going there.

    1. hahaha - That's the best comment yet. :D

    2. Sounds like a book idea! LOL

      Kidding, kidding...

    3. Yeah - 'Navel Officer' LOL Wait - No... 'An Officer and an Abdomen.' hahaha xD

  7. Two wonderful covers! I remember learning stationary and stationery. I used to and still tell myself station'e'ry goes in an 'E'nvelope.

    Thanks for posting.

    1. Ooo - E for envelope. That's a good way, too. :)

  8. My nephew just leaned about stationary vs stationery this week. The school could've used your blog post as a teaching tool! ;)

  9. I'm baaack! Thank you so much, Melissa, for mentioning Make Believe. You are awesome!!!

    lol, yep, a single letter misplacement can cause all sorts of amusing mistakes...

  10. Okay...NaNo's over and I'm coming out of hiding. Love the three little tidbits. I had that stationary/ery dilemma the other day...been awhile since I used either. Had to think. Yes, I actually use this brain every now and then.

  11. Funny that you mentioned "stationary" and "stationery". They remind me of my childhood and some really nice and not so nice memories. Since then, I've always gotten those words right :)

  12. You know what's crazy? I was just looking up gaff/gaffe! Lol.

    So great to see Lyndas book everywhere! Congrats to her!

  13. How did I miss this? The stationary/stationery one gets me every time! THANK YOU!!!!


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