Jeanne Owens, author

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Went? Went Where? – One-liner Wednesday #1linerWeds

Bring on the Grammar Police!



This post is part of One-liner Wednesday:

One-Liner Wednesday – Being sold is exhausting

(meme is from my Pinterest)


A Public Service Announcement: Common Grammar Goofs

Nicholas C. Rossis

Copyblogger and BlueGlass have created this awesome infographic with some common grammar mistakes, and how to avoid them. Enjoy!

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

My children’s book, Runaway Smile, is mercifully free of grammar goofs. Don’t believe me? Read it for free and find out for yourself!

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It’s Your Choose – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (funny)




No, that’s not a typo. Well, not an unintentional one, at least. It’s something funny that my mother and I came across as we were running a few errands this morning. See, we were stopped at a light at an intersection, and noticed two middle-aged women standing on the corner holding signs. That’s nothing surprising, as we see things like that fairly often, people standing on corners with signs for fund-raising car washes, or begging for money. However, the signs these women were holding caught me by surprise, and made me think of scenes from movies where the old guy is walking down the street with a “The End Is Near” sign and proclaiming the end of the world and such.

Anyway, one of the women held a sign that said “Jesus is coming. Repent now.” And the other woman’s sign – and this is one that got us laughing – said “If you were to die today, do you know where you will be going? Will you go to heaven? Or will you go to hell? It’s your choose. Burn forever or live.”  My mother and I got a good laugh from the whole thing. Now, don’t get me wrong. My mother is a church-going Christian. And although I’ve not been to church in a good while, I do still believe and am baptised (and I have been intending to start going back to church, but haven’t gotten around to it yet). It was just the sight of two women trying to evangelize with signs on a street corner, and the obvious grammar error, that got us laughing. I even said to my mother as I was reading the sign out for her (she was driving the car, and the women were on my side of the street), “Well, I choose to go over there and fix your grammar mistake.”

Well, that was my funny story for today.


This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday:




Warning: May Contain Sarcasm

Well, I was going through e-mails before going to work this morning. There was one from Pinterest notifying me that someone had left a comment on one of my pins. Curious, I went to check it out, and was surprised by what I saw.


On this pin


was the comment: “words are for ideas…not feeling superior. if you want to be better than me, go to church.”


I stared at it for a minute, stunned. Then I thought, “Wth?! Where did that come from?!” I couldn’t figure out how the pin could generate such a comment.  Later, I thought that maybe he just didn’t get the sarcasm in the pin. Maybe he’s like Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory and just doesn’t understand sarcasm and needs a sarcasm sign.  If that’s the case, here’s a sarcasm sign for you, “Sheldon”:


I had considered replying to his comment, but decided not to. I deleted it instead, figuring I’d save him from looking like an idiot, and also not fall for an obvious attempt to start an argument. He wanted me to be better than him, so I that’s what I did.


I can’t help but wonder, though, why did he comment like he thought I’d made the pin? It’s not something I made. I found it somewhere and pinned it because I thought it was funny and I agreed with its sentiment. Did he do it because he wanted to start an argument? Probably. Was he just trolling? Possibly. Or was he just mistaken? Could be. Well, whatever it is, I’m putting it behind me after this post. I tried to forget about it after I deleted the comment, but it kept nagging at me all day, and I felt I needed to say something.


And yes, as a writer, I am a bit of a stickler about proper grammar: proper use of your and you’re; of  to, too, and two; of there, their, and they’re; of then and than; proper apostrophe use; etc. I don’t like spell check much for that reason, either. It’ll tell you if a word is spelled wrong, but not necessarily if you used the correct word. Call me a grammar Nazi if you will. I won’t cram it down your throat, though. If I see something wrong, I’ll mentally correct it after flinching, but generally won’t say anything unless asked to, so as not to offend. But if I see things like the above pin, talking about proper grammar, be it funny or helpful, I will pin it or share it on Facebook.



End rant.