...(yes, my trademark ellipses)criticize someone for their grammar, and you use "ain't"??...a little sarcastic word salsa or not, that is obviously improper-whether it's in wide use our lexicon or no. Plus, whether you agree with the Mods, the point remains-a new member comes on looking for information and encouragement-and whether you feel they're up to snuff, is no reason to go into attack mode(apologetic qualifier notwithstanding)...firm and fair is fine, but you went out of your way Bryant to come on strong "to teach them a lesson" and I'm not spoiling for a fight here, I honestly like you and the way you go about things most of the time, but...I think a true apology is warranted, and just food for thought-here is a list of 15 famous folks who were horrible spellers in their time...
1. Alfred Mosher Butts(creator of Scrabble)
2. William Faulkner
3. F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. Ernest Hemingway
5. John Keats
6. John Irving
7. Jane Austen
8. Fannie Flagg
9. Albert Einstein
10. Winston Churchill
11. Leonardo Da Vinci
12. Agatha Christie
13. John F. Kennedy Jr.
14. W.B. Yeats
15. Benjamin Franklin
...no, no slippage...it was just a sideways blow to lead me in to my rant on manners...like I said, I like you and didn't want to crap upon thine head anymore than that...
Appreciated (although I'm not one to get my feelings hurt, so if you ever feel like you need to -- IN THE METAPHORICAL SENSE -- take a crap on my head, knock yourself out, 'cause it won't cross my eyes any).
At the risk of beating what appears to be a mostly-dead horse, I'll just say that from my vantage point, I think I gave the o.p. good advice, and I think if he heeds it, he'll benefit from it. I was blunt about it, sure; but sometimes, bluntness is called for, and I thought this was one of them.
By the way, I would definitely watch a television adaptation of The Plant. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed Big Steve'll finish writing the novel one of these days.
Speaking of The Plant, one of the books in my King collection that makes the happiest every time I see is is ... you guessed it, The Plant. I printed that sucker out when it was finished, took it to a local bindery, and had 'em make a library-style hardback out of it. (It's kind of like when you see a library-bound edition of a run of magazines.)
Nerdy, true; but I love seeing it on my shelf, right alongside all the other great King books.
I'm going to do the same thing with Hard Listening, if I can ever figure out how to make this darn iPad print...
The point is well-taken, but I don't really agree with it.
If I were speaking with an amateur athlete who wanted to be an Olympian sprinter, but who couldn't run ten feet without tripping over his own shoes and landing face-first on the ground, I would think it would important to recommend that before he worry about the Olympics, he first figure out how to not fall over. Being encouraging by saying, "No, dude, just keep at it and you'll be fine; you'll get there if you just keep trying!" seems both cruel and counterproductive.
A writer who cannot properly compose sentences is not, as far as I can tell, much different than a sprinter who can't stay on his feet.
I'm not telling monsterguy to give up writing. All I mean to do is suggest that if he wants to do it professionally, he has got to learn how to do a better job than what he's shown us. And it would probably be to his benefit to not toil over something he has no legal ability to sell, too. I don't see how it's discouraging to say that, or snarky; it's just realistic.
Anyways, if monsterguy is the kind of person to give up based on little old me being honest with him, then he doesn't have the drive it takes to be a pro writer in the first place.
E.L. James notwithstanding, it isn't something just anyone can do.
Don't forget e.e. cummings who used lower case but he was an exception to the rule and that was poetry (but yes I do see your point regarding grammar, punctuation, capitalization etc.) and the dam* autocorrect kept capitalizing Cummings for me anyway! I think with spell check people forget about spelling but they should not.