A Step in the Write Direction
July 8, 2013
Update: Not much to write this Monday. Worked most of the week finishing the father/ grandfather anthology AND IT’S DONE and off to the publisher’s. Spent Saturday sending more than 30 photographs writers submitted for the cover. I went through all the publisher’s guidelines when preparing the final copy, but forgot that he didn’t want paragraph indents. Thanks to a friend of mine, I learned how to do a global delete so I could take out thousands of them in just seconds! Thanks, Peggy!…Spent a lot of the week watching the tragic events of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives a week ago yesterday in the Yarnell (Arizona) fire. So sad to see all their families and learn all the details….Had a cat scan Wednesday to see if they can figure out a different way to treat my COPD; it’s extra bad in this weather. Will find out results today….Now I have to decide what book to work on next. Still thinking seriously about the caregiver book as it seems so many of you are in that position. In the meantime, I’m going through boxes of books and trying to weed out the unread ones that I want to read, and the already-read ones to give away.
Thought for the Day: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23 niv).
Laugh for the Day: “Think of it—it took the wagon trains six months to get across the country. Today they send rockets millions of miles into space and back in fifteen minutes, but nobody is watching. They’re all home watching ‘Wagon Train’ on television” (Bob Hope).
Question from reader: I need advice. I prefer capitalizing pronouns for Jesus. I see some theologians do it, but most do not. Dr. Charles Stanley published his Life Principles Bible in NKJV and NAS and he capitalizes the pronouns. Would you kindly advise me?
Answer: This mostly depends upon the publisher and/or the writer. The publisher that I proofread about 50 books a year for sends me an ABC style sheet with each book. (By the way, this is a great sheet to use when you’re writing. As you look up a word in the dictionary, jot it down on this sheet so the next time you use it, you’ll not only remember how it’s spelled, but if it’s hyphenated or not. This will give you consistency in your writing and make it easier for the editor of your manuscript. I use one of these every time I edit someone’s material. I’ll send you one if you want one.)
This style sheet tells me if the editor/writer wants pronouns for Deity lower or upper case, if it’s a.m./ p.m., A.M./P.M., a.m./p.m.; if you spell out number under 10 or under 100, etc. Unfortunately, each editor at this particular publishing house has their own particular style; that’s what this sheet is so handy.
Now, back to your question. I find that most editors and writers capitalize the pronouns for Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit, i.e., He, Him, His, and Himself, and that is also my preference. I find it makes it less confusing for the reader, especially if you’re also writing about someone else who is a “he.”
Answers to June 24 quiz:
1) How long did the Hundred Years’ War last? 116 years
2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador
3) From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and horses
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November
5) What is a camel’s hairbrush made of? Squirrel fur
Here are some more:
1) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
2) What was King George VI’s first name?
3) What color is a purple finch?
4) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
5) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?
Have a great week spreading the gospel
through the printed page!
Donna Clark Goodrich
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