I have avoided posting here because I so wanted to report that I had finished the revision of my sci-fi novella. I kept saying, “Tonight, tonight is the night.” Unfortunately, I’m not done with the rewrite — and yes, it has turned into a rewrite — however, in my search for the answer to a grammar question, I came across this. I couldn’t resist sharing.
(I have a character named “Boots” in my story, and I couldn’t decide what is the correct possessive spelling.)
I find myself desperately wanting to form possessives of names ending in “s” the same way I do with any other names. E.g., just as I would write “Plato’s idea” I want to write “Socrates’s idea.” That’s even how it sounds, motherfuckers!
This sent me into fits of sniggles. Finally, a grammar geek who speaks like I do (I was a raucous sailor in a past life), and who tells it like it is. I raise my can of Coca-Cola to “Chris” — who coincidentally shares the same name as my protagonist — for giving me a good laugh.
Ah, me. The English language befuddles and be-chuckles.
Okay. Back to writing.