Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tangled Tuesday

The less routine the more life. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Today's post has nothing to do with the quote -- it was just the featured quote on ThinkExist and I'm just sort of drifting this morning, so that's what you get :-)

Nothing deep to share today, so I thought I'd look to the stars...

Today's numeroscope:

Your personal power is strong today. You may find yourself starting a new endeavor, or engaging n a new pursuit that is based in self-expression or spirituality. You're connected with the world today, and it may be a good idea to jot it all down on paper.
I jot everything down on paper. If I don't, I forget it in a matter of minutes.

And horoscope:

If you can avoid being a little too picky or fussy then the day has great potential. Getting lost in too much detail is the only thing that will hold you back. Relax a little and you should enjoy a certain amount of satisfaction regardless of someone’s obstructive or unsupportive attitude!
Who's being obstructive or unsupportive?? Who? 'fess up? Seriously, I've taken on yet another endeavor recently, and my DH is very excited for me. He told me last night that not everyone gets the chance to pursue their dream, or to do something they love. Lately, he's been really vocally supportive of my writing and other endeavors. I suppose he's always been fairly quiet in his support, mostly because he's a quiet guy, but it's been nice to have him say something for a change.

And finally, the most important one! My Humorscope:

You'll find a penny when you are out for a walk. Surprisingly, it will be the key to a wonderful change in your life. The trick is just to figure out what you can do with a penny, these days.
That's one more penny toward my daughter's college education. Only ten more years to save -- even if it's one penny at a time.


I worked on writing yesterday. Only a teeny tiny bit, but it was something. DD didn't have school, so she didn't have quiet time for her seatwork, so my ability to work in the afternoon was cut way down. I also got a call from my neighbor who was stranded on the side of the road asking if I'd pick up her daughter from the bus stop. So, honestly, it's amazing that I got anything done at all.

Oh! And I also got what were hopefully the final edits on my story "Pregnancy Cravings" and cleaned that up. I don't even have a cover for it yet -- nor is it showing up on the "coming soon" page, but I have high hopes that it'll be released soon. I really enjoyed writing that one.

I learned something from those edits as well (I love my editor, I do, I do -- waves at Roseann) -- the difference between "like" and "as".

I wrote a phrase that said: ...like he'd run sandpaper across his vocal chords...".

Here is what I learned and am committing to memory, with any luck:

Like is not a conjunction.

From Capital Community College:

Strictly speaking, the word like is a preposition, not a conjunction. It can, therefore, be used to introduce a prepositional phrase ("My brother is tall like my father"), but it should not be used to introduce a clause ("My brother can't play the piano like as he did before the accident" or "It looks like as if basketball is quickly overtaking baseball as America's national sport."). To introduce a clause, it's a good idea to use as, as though, or as if, instead.

However, when you are listing things that have similarities, such as is probably more suitable:

The college has several highly regarded neighbors, like such as the Mark Twain House, St. Francis Hospital, the Connecticut Historical Society, and the UConn Law School.
And from Grammar Book:

The word like, when used to show comparison, is a preposition, meaning that it should be followed by an object of the preposition but not by a subject and verb. Use the connectors (also called conjunctions) as or as if when following a comparison with a subject and verb.


You look so much like your mother.
Mother is the object of the preposition like.

You look as if you are angry.
As if is connecting two pairs of subjects and verbs.
And there you have it, one and all, your grammar lesson for the day.


Your Career Personality: Brainy, Logical, and Efficient

Your Ideal Careers:

Book editor
Business manager
Civil engineer

Huh... I don't see "writer" in there...

Star Wars Horoscope for Capricorn

You have a ton of ambition and inexhaustible desire to reach your goals.
You are very loyal, going to great lengths to help someone out.
You are a very social unit, winning the hearts of many with your cute personality.

Star wars character you are most like: R2D2

I LOVED R2D2... he was always the one you could count on. Sheesh... Leia trusted the entire galaxy to the little guy.

What about you?


Ceri said...

Your Ideal Careers:

Art director
Book editor
College professor
Film director
Graphic designer
Stage actor

I can work with this!

I got very little work done last night. Too much running around. Must do one more trip this afternoon and I should be free and clear for a while, except for those trips to the beach a few times a week.

Have a sunshiney day!

Allie Boniface said...

I had an English teacher who drilled the difference between "like" and "such as" into our heads, so it's one grammar glitch I'm sensitive to.

But interestingly enough, my TWRP editor tweaked a couple of sentences where I had used "such as" (correctly) and said I could use "like" instead, since that's the colloquial way people speak today. So go figure...

Tori Lennox said...

Man, you've got obstructive people in your horoscope and I've got double agents! What's up with that?

My Ideal Careers:

Business strategist
College professor
Computer programmer
Video game developer

Well, two out of ten ain't bad. *g*

Melissa said...

I'm C3PO. Not sure I like that.

I had no idea about like and as and such. I let the copyeditor worry about stuff like that. I'm a writer not an English teacher.

Dru said...

my ideal careers:

Business attorney
Financial officer
Hollywood agent
International business person
Police officer
Project manager

Interesting...I did work at a financial institution and at my present job, I do manage projects.

I'm Lando.

Alice Teh said...

Hey Marianne, mine's as follows:

Your Ideal Careers:
Family counselor
Independent store owner
Interior decorator
Museum curator
Preschool teachers
Social worker
Stay at home parent

As for the other one on Star Wars, the character I am most like is Obi Wan Kenobie. I like R2D2!!