I drove JC, my critique partner, crazy this week with one little verb. She’s also my daughter, so it’s okay. In fact, it felt good to rankle her spirits. Kind of like an act of ‘getting back’ at her for once having had the audacity to be a teenager <g>.
The verb is lay. And it is a tricky little monster, let me tell you.
It all started when I wrote that my hero, “laid down on the bed.”
Her response: “Not sure if this is lay down or laid down. But I suggest taking the “down” out to eliminate the repetition.”
My hero stays on the bed nursing his swollen eye with ice and putting pressure on his bleeding lip. Her next comment:
“And then ‘He laid on the bed’ doesn’t sound right. So I think it should be “He lay on the bed.” Or if you want to keep the down part in, “He lay down on the bed”
A little further down, I knew I’d really gotten under her skin. She wrote:
“Present tense is lie, Past is lay, Past past is laid, I think…”
Clearly she Googled it. The story went on and I found another use for the lovely verb lay.
She wrote: “You’re killing me! (with the lays and laids).”
By this point I’m cracking up laughing. That’s what it’s like when your cp is your daughter and she has a wicked sense of humor. I won’t even talk about swapping intimate scenes. lol
It’s fun to know I can still annoy my children.
How about you? Have you ever driven your cp crazy? How about your daughter?