Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hopelessly Devoted to Grammar

In yesterday's post, Patricia mentioned Grammar Girl who is also known to us as Mignon Fogarty. Let me get straight to the point: I worship at this woman's feet.

Okay, perhaps I exaggerate a bit, but not much. Since I first discovered the site and the book, Grammar Girl's Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing, I've become a loyal fan. This book sits on my bookshelf along with my favorite dictionaries, thesaurus, and other reference books I use to edit. I've signed up to get a tip in my mailbox every day (and read them, too, unlike so many other bits of email that end up in the virtual trash can), and if ever I have a question that truly stumps me, Mignon is the person who springs to mind - she of the final and absolutely correct answers.

If that isn't enough to convince, you can listen to the podcasts, buy a cool mug or tee shirt, even holiday greeting cards. Add to that iPhone apps, tips on Twitter and Facebook, free book chapter downloads, and you'll understand why you can't lose with GG as your friend. Does this woman have her act together? Yes she does, and you'll want to explore all the components of the Quick & Dirty Tricks network.

Okay, I'm worshipping again, aren't I?

But, of course! And so should you. I've saved the best until last - Grammar Girl's newest book - the fabulous and aptly named Grammar Devotional. With a tip for every day of the year, this little gem of a book will teach and refresh in the easiest way possible - a little each day. I'm here to tell you, it makes a fantastic gift for writing pals and even your favorite editors, not to mention all those high school and college students who have yet to experience the true love of grammar. Go forth and buy a couple of copies today, one for yourself and one to give. Believe me, you won't be disappointed.

The Grammar Devotional is available at MacMillan,, and Borders to name just three sources.

Now quick, somebody edit this before Grammar Girl finds a mistake. Heh.
Dani Greer is a founding member of the Blood-Red Pencil and is spending a great deal of time drinking mulled wine and baking Christmas cookies. She will start writing and editing again in January, so be sure to ask about her special mystery novel rate.

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  1. What a great review, er, endorsement, er, all out promo. But well worth it from what you said.

    I'll admit to getting stumped by some little things in editing, so I will have to gift myself with her book. Too late to add it to my wish list for this year.

  2. It's never too late, Maryann! Remember that the gift-giving day is actually Epiphany on January 6th when the three magi brought their gifts. Oh, and there's always Valentine's Day, and what better time for a Devotional! LOL.


  3. My Christmas budget exploded...and I didn't even have one. I'll have to earmark this for later...perhaps Valentine's day. I need all the help I can get.


  4. A week until Christmas, still I'm going to try to add both books to my wish list for this year! I need all the help I can get. In the meantime, I plan to check out her web page.

  5. It looks like a good reference book though I have one already. It would make a good gift along with a dictionary.


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