Until I can get this whole “blog” thing figured out, I am going to have to do things this way…..

Blog – Keeping it Humble




January 2, 2017

This afternoon, as I sit in my rather uncomfortable chair, I find myself wondering how other writers keep going when their minds wander. My creative side is so sporadic that I find myself acting like a puppy getting distracted by a few squirrels in the yard. “Oh, here’s a funny scene I want to write” (write, write . . .stop). “I really would like to capture this scene” (write, write. . . stop).  “What would this three-year-old say if this happened?” (write, write.. . . stop).

Are you getting the picture? Seriously, I wonder why I even try sometimes.

Tell me what you do to avoid the distractions of another character, another, scene, or another story.


Another comma rule – CMOS 6.3

Commas with direct address

When the sentence is addressing someone, the someone who is addressed will be set off by commas.


Mr. Smith, will you please call the office when you are finished with the meeting?

I am thankful, my friend, that you found that error in my work.

In case you were wondering, Elise, you were the first one to make reservations.


Until next time,




Too many times I have thought more highly of my skills than I should. I’m grateful for all those who have helped Know The Rulesremind me that I still have much to learn. There are many reference books that line my shelves – some I’ve read, some I have not. And others are at the ready should I need to find a particular rule.

I would like to start posting a rule, once a week, that I find helpful in editing. I am convinced that there are others who have come across some of these, and others need to be reminded of them.

One of the most difficult punctuation marks, and one with the most “rules”, is the comma. So today I would like to give you one or two rules from the “Chicago Manual of Style” (CMOS) which will help guide you in your writing.

6.22    Restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses

A restrictive clause is one that needs to be present in order for the sentence to retain its meaning. It is normally introduced with a that/whose/who/whom. It must NEVER contain commas to separate it from the sentence.

Ex: The ring that I wear on a chain around my neck was my grandmother’s.

A nonrestrictive clause could be taken out without changing the meaning of the sentence. It is normally introduced with a that/whose/who/whom. It should be separated by commas.

Ex: Gone With the Wind, which I finished last week, was one of the longest books I have read.


Tell me what you think. Will this rule come in handy?

I think I will leave it at that. For my first and last blog of 2016, I wanted to make this simple. May your words be rich and flavorful, and may you have fun writing.



5 thoughts on “Blog

  1. Hello, Petra, I’m glad that you have found your calling in this field. I’m sure it’s an outlet for your creative mind. May God bless your endeavors in the coming years.

    1. Thank you so much Frances. I am thankful for the Lord’s direction and I pray He blesses my efforts. Happy New Year!

    1. Keep checking, Melissa. I am in hopes to have a sign-up to get my blog delivered by email. It is going to take some figuring out, but it will get done. In the meantime, you can see older posts on
      Happy New Year to you as well!

  2. As fas as the writing about this and that and not getting anywhere:
    I would just rest and call it a writing practice. It reminds me of when I was painting full time. I wanted to paint absolutely EVERYTHING. But it wasn’t feasible. It was beyond what I could really accomplish. It is the same with writing. I write historical fiction. I do have other ideas but I need to focus on that and not think every wonderful thing needs to be written by me. Use those writings for journal notes, happy times, and interesting thoughts you want to put down or a blog/fb fun note for the day. Just my two cents…

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