Monthly Archives: December 2013

FC Thanks

Real quick: I’ve been thinking about how nobody had to review FUN CAMP, interview me about it, make cool videos, etc., but a bunch of people did. All of whom were busy with their own lives. And seeing my book on a year-end Buzzfeed list put a nice cap on the Year of the Book.

So I wanted to express some big gratitude to…

Colin Winnette, Tyler Crumrine, Holly McDede, Brian Trapp, Maria Anderson, Peter Tieryas, Peter Fontaine, Michael Wayne Hampton, John Domini, Mel Bosworth, Spencer Dew, Mike Young, Quincy Rhoads, Joe Sacksteader, Origami Zoo, Vouched Books, Joeseph Riipi, Scott Carpenter, Julie Klausner, Colin Marshall, Brian Allen Carr, Michael Filippone, Matthew Simmons, Peter Cavanaugh, Tobias Carroll, and David Gutowski. To Jack Christian for touring with me. To everyone who invited me to read or agreed to read with me. To everybody who published pieces of the book. And especially to Adam Robinson for designing the book and putting it out with Publishing Genius.

THANK YOU, everybody. It meant a lot.


I put out a call for tips on Facebook. Here’s the list that came back:

– Empty to be verbs: there is, there are, there was, there were, that was, who was, who is
– Search for “that” to check for (1) that/who errors and (2) unnecessary thats
– Accidental double spaces
– Look for unnecessary phrases: in order to, start to, currently
– Look for intensifiers: very, really, extremely
– Can look for “ly” if adverbs are a problem
– Look for imprecise use of “thing”
– Look for “over” when they mean “more than”
– Look for when they say “amount” and mean “number”
– Look for when they say “less” and mean “fewer”
– empty phrases: (Tho many are pretty lawyery or academic and would never show up in certain books.)
– look for “too,” “just,” “who/whom”
– run portions of text through a word frequency app, and then check the most used words for echos/overuses. Or just make a list of words that might be overused and ctrl-f them to figure out quantity and spacing (by looking at the scroll bar)
– “and I” vs “and me”
– You” a casual non-specific pronoun we use a lot when speaking that causes pronoun disagreement. “Between states” verb forms like “started to / about to / nearly,” etc. also used casually in speech but can’t really be visualized. “ing” verb forms, esp. at the end of a sentence – causes the sentence to lose energy / momentum.
– he/she errors
– “only,” “even,” “actually”

After using these last edits, I sent the draft of EarthBound on to Adam R for layout. We’ve almost got a book!