Grammar Tidbit

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I can never remember the grammar rule for “lie/lay.” The other day a writer I know said something to me about this; I think the distinction has fully stuck to my slick and porous brain. She said:

“We LAY objects down. But you, as a subject, must LIE down.”

Ever the smart-ass, I said “what about the prayer, ‘now I lay me down to sleep . . .'”.

But she was ready for me. She said “In that sentence ‘me’ is the object, ‘I’ is the subject.”

And the stars twinkled in the sky, and a million angels high-fived me. I think this has finally soaked in.

Also, fuck you, Mrs. Valensky (my eighth grade English teacher). Why couldn’t you make it so simple?!

Sub-plots?

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How much sub-plot is too much sub-plot? Is it a mere robust sub-plot or am I actually writing two novels simultaneously because I’ve succumbed to the madness? How do I know? I don’t know. I don’t even know how I’d start to know. *sigh* The Interweebs tells me it will always be less than sixBlood Rain has less than six, so I must be ok. *maniacal laughter*. I mean, it’s not like the Interweebs would lie to me.