If we were having coffee today, I’d be in a tizzy about punctuation. Not just any punctuation, mind you, but specifically colons and periods.
I keep getting zinged by editors on my enormously bad habit of spacing twice after colons and periods. I am currently using great effort to force myself to space singly right now as I complete every sentence.
The habit dates me. I learned to type on a typewriter. It was a standard rule I was taught. TWO spaces after colons and periods. TWO. If not, you’d get that big ruler smacked across your knuckles. I told you, it was a long time ago.
Somewhere along the line, as word processors came into being, the rule changed to a single space. I believe very large numbers of us didn’t get the memo.
It is a habit that is almost as hard to quit as smoking. It’s automatic, especially when I am on a two-thousand-word writing spree.
How many of you still double space after colons and periods?
Thomas Fenske is a writer living in North Carolina. You can buy his books on Amazon. Handy links are available here: http://thefensk.com
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I just found out there was an author interview with me posted a couple of months ago. It was supposed to post today but the interviewer accidentally posted it back in March. No worries, my answers are still the same. I think.
If we were having coffee today I’d be skipping the sweet roll. Can’t do it, I’d say. A1C is too high, the doctor said the last time I was in there and he mentioned the dreaded D-word. I was ticked off. I admit it. No, I wasn’t ticked off at him. I wasn’t ticked off at fate or at life. No, I was ticked off at ME! I knew better.
I’m being a good boy. My glucose numbers are stellar. I’m dealing with the random sweets part of this much the same way I dealt with drinking when I realized that was a deep dark hole I didn’t want to go farther down. I’m changing. This is harder. There are only two liquor stores here, but there are three donut shops.
I’m watching carbs. I “did” Atkins a number of years ago so I have a good handle on the relative carb counts of food. That is a big part of this. I’m also exercising. Regarding foods, it is easier than Atkins. I can have that occasional biscuit as long as I work it into my overall meal carb count. Same with tortillas. That covers at least two of my major food groups.
I’m still playing with a few things. Like, take spaghetti squash. Some people tout it as a replacement for pasta. I like it as a vegetable but I never much liked it with Marinara sauce. Ah, but I was hungry for Chicken Curry one day and wondered about making some rice, my usual accompaniment. I can eat rice in small quantities. But sometimes it doesn’t fit in with other things I might have eaten that day. At the store, I saw some spaghetti squash and I wondered, “what if?”
I’m here to tell you today that curried chicken over spaghetti squash is a revelation! The slight sweetness in the taste is a perfect accompaniment to a spiced curry sauce. Who knew? I also found something else. It seems to actually lower my glucose. Anecdotal evidence, sure, but I’ve noticed it every time I’ve tried it. This combination is definitely in the mix now, an accident like my sweet potato secret. Ah, but you have to get my cookbook to get that.
Thomas Fenske is a writer living in NC.
For more information: http://thefensk.com