Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (23 Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles)

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Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles

Editors frequently correct both of these, but one is actually ok to use, while the other is not. Care to make a wager on which one is which before I get started?

Ante up!

What is a split infinitive, after all? It’s a sentence where a word, usually an adverb, interrupts a full verb (or full infinitive). A full infinitive is the verb with the word “to” in front of it—to run, to walk, to spit. The most famous split infinitive is “to boldly go.” Editors and teachers used to mark this as incorrect, but it’s all right to spit an infinitive. Some examples are:

  • Lyn continued to quickly run toward the burning building.

  • Willow wanted to generously sprinkle sugar on her doughnut.

  • Earl’s dog struggled to boldly chase the skunk.

If you want to avoid irritating some readers who will read these words…

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Author Spotlight: Hilary Grossman

Rebecca Nolen’s blog: supporting #Ravereviewsbookclub members

Rebecca Nolen

I’m spotlighting a new author. Hillary Grossman wrote a book about her relationship struggles with a man she loved but who would not commit. This is Hillary’s story:

headshot 1 -not shrunkIt could have been a scene from a movie or a chick lit book. It was like fate orchestrated the encounter. I was twenty-seven years old when I met him, the man of my dreams.  He was everything I could wish for. He was smart, funny, successful, an amazing cook, and he lived in a beautiful home on the beach!  I was so happy, initially.  But soon I learned there was a problem.  A big problem.

He was beyond commitment-phobic.  Forget about not wanting to get married, he barely wanted to have a relationship….

Call me naive or call me stupid, I didn’t let this bother me.  It may have something to do with the fact that I was extremely familiar with…

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A great interview by Nonnie Jules 😉

Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules

Hello and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules!  Since we are a book club, we had to offer something that included a book shelf.  A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories.  Here on this “SHELF,”  we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask.  We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but no one has dared to cover them.  WE get personal!  Because when you sit on the RRBC “SHELF”, YOU are an open book!

Today I have with me on the “SHELF” my fellow board member, Nicholas Rossis!


NJ:  Before we really get started, how does the “SHELF” feel to you?  Is it comfy?

Nicholas:  Yes, thanks for asking! …

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RRBC Spotlight Author, Nicholas Rossis

Life As I Know It

Good morning, bloggers!!

I am SO excited to welcome this awesome guy to my blog! Nicholas Rossis is a wonderful member AND the Social Media Director/Guru of RRBC, always super supportive of fellow Indie Authors and he just so happens to be a VERY talented writer. He is truly deserving of being in the “SPOTLIGHT” and I’m more than happy to help put him there!  🙂

As always…sit back, relax and enjoy!!

The Power of Six


The Power of Six is a collection of six short science fiction stories, originally written between July 2009 and March 2012. Shortly afterwards, I started work on my first novel, Pearseus. Although the stories seem to be concerned with various themes, there are certain passions that run through them. What is the nature of reality? Is there more to the world than we can see?

  • The first story, “Simulation Over” is based on a…

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