I LIE A LOT in my memoir. Oh, not lying like fibbing. (Well, you can judge that later.) I mean, lying as in reclining. It’s a memoir of narcolepsy after all! I lie down and around so much in my narcolepsy memoir that I’ve called in grammar gurus to make sure I’m using the correct form of the word throughout the book.
It’s fascinating, for dorks like me! Lie is an intransitive verb (one that does not take an object) meaning “to recline.” Lie also means “to tell an untruth.” Lay is a transitive verb (one that takes an object), meaning “to put” or “to place.” Their past tense, past participles and present participles is where all h*ll breaks loose.
I’ve been MIA on my REM Runner blog recently because I’m hot and heavy with my memoir. At the beginning of August, I received my editor’s edits and set an aggressive schedule of reviewing 20 pages a day. I met my goal and finished incorporating her edits on August 15th! Now, I’m doing another run through because the many great changes also brought new errors. In addition, I’m hunting down words like: like, as if, just, began, only, but, feels, and still. I just began, but it feels as if I only have like 200 pages to go still!
Alright, enough kidding around, back to work! Thank you for your patience and understanding while I work through the final stages of this process. It’s been a long haul but I know it will be worth it the day I lay my memoir on my nightstand and lie down in bed to dream up my next adventure! (Forgive me, grammar gods, if I got that wrong.)