What is the objection to semicolons? I see this come up here and there. Writers who use semicolons are elitists? Vonnegut is supposed to have admonished writers not to use them, saying that it only shows that they went to college. (And what’s wrong with that?) I read an account of a writer who had a semicolon tattooed on her forearm. “It tells everyone I’m an elitist.”
I don’t get it. A semicolon is as much a useful tool as any other piece of punctuation. It serves specific roles for connectivity and continuity. Is this all just another example of the dumbing down of writing in general?
“First they came for the semicolons . . .”
I had one rejection last week. It was a long-shot submission; I didn’t think my story was a particularly good fit with the publication. Now I really need to get myself into the submission frame of mind. I’ve really come to see a fundamental breakdown in what passes for my mind. Part of me indulges in the creative frenzy. Another part must take care of business of making submissions of what I create. And the part that blends them likes to site on the cabin porch to listen to the birds and watch the water make ripples on the lake.
Found poetry. It’s the latest meme.