Twice in under two weeks I've committed the same crime.
First, in the manuscript for Exit The Skin Palace, I typed the following:
"Dawn. There's so many dead things here. Right here."
Word for Mac 2011 failed to highlight the horror.
Second, on my website, on the fetus-stage Exit page, I typed:
I'd call it a YA supernatural novel, but at this point there's so many four-letter words in the manuscript maybe I should think of it as a Teen supernatural novel.
Speaking of four-letter words, I aired several when it finally dawned on me that my apparent new go-to phrase 'there's so' is not only hideous, but that in at least the latter instance I signed my name to a crime the grammar police should forward to the proper prosecuting authority.
There's so = There is so. There is so = LOLcat.
An inability to write/type/edit worth a darn throws a woeful spotlight. I am tainted. Perhaps permanently.
Even worse, my two biggest Internet crushes are on David Foster Wallace YouTube interviews and any Merriam-Webster's Ask The Editor video featuring Emily Brewster.
I don't think either superstar grammarian would think highly of a would-be novelist incapable of taking the time to sound out sentences before committing them to the (digital/any) page.