I'm an expatriate from Pennsylvania living in Aquitaine, France, where I teach English to French people (instead of French to Americans, which is what I'm certified to do). I'm a married forty-something mother of two boys, and a voracious reader. My favorite cousin tried to get me hooked on Twilight for years, but I resisted because I wasn't in a mood for "another vampire thing". I ended up watching the first movie on-line out of boredom one day, and liked it enough to open another tab to order the 4 books outright. It took me barely a week to read them, and I was floored to see that Stephanie Meyers has the same taste in literature that I do: Austen, Shakespeare--even my favorite Frost poem in Eclipse. Fan fiction keeps my Amazon book budget from going through the roof. It's impressive to see the creative gymnastics people make their favorite characters do, and some of the spins are quite amusing. I doubt I'll ever post anything myself, but I wouldn't mind proofreading for others. Sometimes, I actually check user profiles to see if an author is actually a native Anglophone because the creativity comes at the price of massacred spelling and grammar. If it's worth writing, it's worth writing well.
As it's only proper that I put my money where my mouth--or my keyboard, as the case may be--is, I'd like to share a link I find very useful and that I suggest to my ESL students. I explains common errors in English: for example, the "there/their/they're" dilemma. Entries are in alphabetical order and the explanations are concise and not pedantic (unlike most English teachers, LOL! Check it out: http:///~brians/errors/errors.html#w
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