I’m excited to share that the anthology Dear Wonderful You: Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth is now available for Kindle pre-order. The book will be officially released on November 1.
In preparation for the anthology’s release, I joined the other adult adoptee contributors in recording a promo video in which we talk about the inspiration for our letters and what a book like this would have meant to us when we were younger. The full length video will be released soon; in the meantime, check out this short version:
I’m excited to share the trailer for Dear Wonderful You: Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth, a forthcoming anthology to which I contributed. I’ll be posting more about the book in the next few months.
I see people make the mistake all the time of using “they/their” in their writing when they really should be using “he/his” or “she/hers.”
Incorrect: A middle-school kid should always do their homework on time, even if they would rather spend all their time texting.
Correct: A middle-school kid should always do his homework on time, even if he would rather spend all his time texting.
The sentence above is talking about only one kid, therefore “they/their” cannot be used because these words are always plural. Many people, however, use them anyway because they don’t want to have to specify whether the person being talked about is male or female. Sorry but, like it or not, you do have to choose either “he/his” or “her/hers” in a sentence like this one.
If you’re dead set on not specifying gender in a sentence like this, you must revise the sentence. Consider the following possibilities:
- Middle-school kids should always do their homework on time, even if they would rather spend all their time texting.
- A middle-school kid should always do homework on time, even if spending time texting is preferable to doing homework.
- A middle-school kid should always do homework on time, even if that middle-schooler would rather spend every minute texting.
To find more tips, click on “grammar” under Bread Crumbs in the right-hand column.