So this is my Friday night: My wife is getting a massage, my daughter is at swim practice, my son is watching The Backyardigans and I’m eating leftover fried rice, having a glass of Napa chardonnay and reading Lynn Troyka’s Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers. I’m honestly embarrassed by the frequent and glaring grammatical errors in my writing. My previous advisors and Doug have correctly dinged me on this, and though I have my grammarian wife proofread all my packets, the errors remain. I am old enough to have diagrammed sentences. I am old enough to have been taught grammar by rote. I remember grammar lessons, but the problems linger like some psychic scar from my childhood. Did I repress those lessons? Did I simply memorize and forget them because I never imagined they’d matter? Anyway, this is a cautionary tale, I suppose. There are probably better ways to spend a Friday evening, though to be fully honest, I’m kind of enjoying myself.
You were supposed to read Elements of Style, Strunk and White.