BlogBlitz-logoToday I’m participating in the Three Wishes Blog Blitz, hosted by author Juliet Madison! From September 2-6 you’ll have the chance to win some awesome prizes at all the blogs participating in the blitz, including mine. All you have to do is follow my instructions below for winning the prize I have on offer, and then you can click over to Juliet’s blog to enter her prize draw, see the list of all other blogs taking part and enter their giveaways as well. How cool is that? Why is it called the Three Wishes Blog Blitz? Juliet’s new  romantic comedy release, I Dream of Johnny, is about three wishes, a high-tech genie in a lamp, and one very unfortunate typo that proves magic isn’t all it cracked up to be …

But first, a reminder of that famous three wishes scene in Disney’s Aladdin … until now, I hadn’t watched this for years, but it brought back fond memories of Bear and Monkey watching it over and over (and over and over again):

I think Aladdin was pretty clever and I wish I could think as fast as he does. No wait, that was not a wish, I was just saying … it doesn’t count as a wish. Okay? The thing is, if I ever found that magic lamp, I know the genie would fall asleep waiting for my answer … I mean, three wishes out of millions of potential wishes? If you saw me dither over a menu (long menus drive me crazy) … or waited for me to play a word in Scrabble (it’s not that I can’t think of a word, it’s just that I have to calculate what all the possible words cost before playing my tiles). Go on. Ask me my favourite book. I’ll probably give you an answer and then add in several more that are also my favourites. You get the idea … three wishes for me would be a near-impossible task, only achieved after loads of analysing and followed by even more second-guessing.

So, to make it easy on myself, I’m going to share three wishes I have when it comes to writing:

1. That people would use apostrophes properly.

2. That people would use the words you’re/your and they’re/there/their and to/too/two correctly. Among others, like bare/bear, then/than and loose/lose.

3. That people would check their spelling (or ask someone to check it for them), especially in professional circumstances, such as menus, signs, billboards, work emails, flyers and programs. I know it’s easy to overlook things when you’ve read something over and over and/or you’re tired (I did it on the front cover of a newspaper and I wasn’t very happy with myself the next day), but too often, people don’t bother. I’m a bit more forgiving on FB but deep inside, I cringe. Most definitely … and defiantly!

Of course, there are more, but I’ll let you have a turn now. As part of the Three Wishes Blog Blitz I have review copies (excellent condition) of the following books to give away to AU residents only: The Vale Girl by Nelita McDonald and Rules of Conception by Angela Lawrence (click the titles to see my reviews). To be in the draw, simply comment below telling me which three grammar or spelling wishes you have. This competition closes at midday on September 6 and the winner will be notified by email.

Once you’ve entered my giveaway, visit Juliet’s blog here and enter her giveaway too, then visit any or all of the other participating blogs to enter more prize draws. You could potentially win a whole heap of prizes!

Good luck!