Misused Words: Beside and Besides

What a differences a little suffix makes, huh? 🙂 Today I have an easy and mini tip for you.

Misused Words: Beside and Besides

Beside (without the s) means next to something or on the side of something.

For example: The pencil is beside the book on the kitchen table.

For example: Sit here beside me.

Besides (with the s) in addition to something.

For example: Mary has many more journals besides this one.

For example: Besides the main presenter, we listened to three other authors at the writer’s conference.

That’s it. The hardest part is just remembering which is which. 🙂

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So Much to Process!

If you got the email for this month’s subscriber password, then you know that my computer crashed last week. It wound up taking me until mid-morning Friday to re-install everything, including the over 226 Windows Updates!

Thankfully, the computer was up and running in time (mostly) for me to participate in the Catholic Writer’s Guild‘s annual online writing conference. And, WOW what a conference. My head is still spinning with all the information I learned! Believe me, it was a jam-packed conference that went from Friday, 8:30am to 10:30pm; Saturday, 8:30am to 10:30pm; and Sunday 12 noon to 10:30pm! Each session lasted for one hour with a half-hour leeway in between.

The sessions covered everything from the business and legal issues of writing, to time management, to practicing the craft. Of course, there were also sessions about social media, specifically Pinterest. I have to admit, I haven’t done much with my Pinterest account, in fact, I think I only have about 4 followers. However, now I am starting to rethink Pinterest.

There’s a lot I want to share but I need some time to organize my notes and process all the information that has been dumped in my head!

But, the main reason I am writing this is because if you have never been to a writer’s conference before, do it! I never really put much stock in going to conferences but it is SO worth the money and time – be it virtual or live. It is definitely one of the best things I’ve done for my writing craft in a long while.