The following sentence needs commas. Figure out where the commas go, and put the corrected version in the comments below.
Everyone who gets this right will receive a free copy of Zen Comma and 300 Days of Better Writing (so make sure your e-mail address is valid and correct). The contest closes at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) today (8/26/2011). I’ll reveal the answer and the winners at that time. (Ahem…my decisions will be final.)
Don’t take this too seriously. Have fun.
No there is no pleasing some people Marcus thought as he gazed at the adobe huts mostly made of mud-covered straw half-buried in the hill only their doors clearly visible.
(Don’t see the comment box? Click on the contest title to make sure you’re on the post’s actual page, not the home page.)
(er…typo fixed. Thanks, Oliver!)
Thanks to each of you who participated. In case you haven’t yet read the comments below…the winners are Sandy and Aoryst.
Congratulations! In the morning, I’ll send them Zen Comma and 300 Days of Better Writing (PDF). Suggestion: If you plan to print them, print them at work. Just saying.
Oliver receives a nod, as well, for pointing out a typo in the post. (Don’t look for it–I fixed it.) I’m sending him the PDF of 300 Days of Better Writing. I’ve often said that editors need to be confident and more than a little gutsy. At the same time, we need humility. (Oliver: Let me know if you already have this book, and we’ll do something else, maybe Writing Tips for a Year.)
If you didn’t get a prize this time, or if you didn’t participate, stay tuned. I’ll do it again in about a month.