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I just have a little excerpt from the "American Eccentrics" book (by Carl Sifakis) that I mentioned earlier...

"There is a joy in being mad that only madmen know." - David Wilbur

*giggles (quite madly)*

This time dad was the one giving pointed looks in my direction. He actually suggested I should post it to my LJ, with a little quote by myself afterward saying: "It's true." - Nefhiriel

*mutters* Well there IS this bizarre kind of joy in being...mad. Erm, of course, I'm only pretending. Honestly. *g*

While I'm being random and mad, here are some Mark Twain quotes:

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.

My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

And an insult, also by Mark Twain....

He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.


Anyways... Mom has an appointment at the dentist tomorrow, so we're going to town for most of the day (we get to have lunch with a good friend of ours--YAY!). They got even more snow there, so I think I'll try to get some pictures of the "
Minnesota Mountains" (commonly called parking lot snow banks), and maybe post them on here. :)

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Punctuation never ceases to confuse me. Colons and semi-colons, ellipses... And then, of course, there are dashes--as apposed to captions (sometimes  I  just can't make my mind up). And don't even get me started on exclamation point abuse!!!

My ever-patient sister/editor has explained all these concepts to me on more than one occasion, and I think I've made some progress with commas--and even begun to get my dashes sorted out--but the concept of the semi-colon still eludes me. 

However, I think I may have found the solution to end all my punctuation problems once and for all. I'm tempted to use this solution on this very post, and thus avoid any embarrassing fumbles. Hmm...maybe an explanation first, would be better.

Our family loves to read together at night. We pick out a good book, start a fire in the fireplace (now that we have one), and dad reads aloud while we work on various art projects. The other night, we started reading a book called "American Eccentrics" by Carl Sifakis. It’s really quite fascinating, though my brother and sister do tend to smirk and cast side-long glances at me every time we start reading it. It’s like they think I belong in there somewhere with all those odd-balls. Go figure.

Anyways, on with my solution… In a recent chapter, we were introduced to a man named Timothy Dexter, who lived from 1747 to 1806. I won’t go over most of his very bizarre and eccentric life, but there was a section at the end that caught my interest. Everyone else laughed, but actually…I think he might there might be something to his idea. You see he wrote a book, but his punctuation (among other things) was atrocious—practically non-existent. His solution? Let me quote it for you from the book: “Dexter answered complaints about his lack of punctuation by appending to the second edition a full page of commas, periods, question marks, and exclamation point for his critics so ‘they may peper and solt it as they plese.’”

Ingenious, don’t you think? I wonder what my readers would think if I tried that out on my next fanfic post. I’m guessing either they’ll agree that Dexter’s idea was brilliant…or maybe they’ll just agree that I do belong in that book along with the other “eccentrics”.

- Nef

(Note: For anyone interested in reading “American Eccentrics”, I would add a note that there are some sections that we’ve skipped due to content ;-) )


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