Monday, April 23, 2018

Are You Already All Ready?

This is Part II of the "A" word blog series. Today's words are Already vs. All Ready.

The first part of this series was Alright vs. All Right.

Before we jump into the post, a quick announcement! The Necro-Om-Nom-Nom-Icon is now available at Amazon, and features not one, but TWO of my short stories: The Dating Game and Message of the Night-Gaunts!

Here are a couple pictures from the release party:

Tentacled Pants

Our editor, Jason Dias

Okay, now for this week's words:

Unlike last week's words, both of of today's words are real words/terms in use. They just have different meanings.

Already is an adverb. According to, it means "by this or that time; previously; prior to or at some specified or implied time" and "now; so soon; so early."


I already did that.

Is it time to go already?

Bonus use--exasperated exclamations: All right, already!

All Ready means something is finished or prepared. It basically means the same as ready, but the all clarifies it, like the word completely or entirely would. If you could leave off the all or replace it with completely/entirely without changing the meaning of the sentence, you're using it correctly.


Did you get that all ready for your presentation?

Now for some links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence when submitting.

Accepting Submissions:

Sincyr Publishing is seeking love stories between men, where pregnancy is involved, for Loving Them. 3000 to 6000 words. Pays in royalties. Deadline May 30.

AGNI is seeking poetry, short fiction, and essays. Pays up to $150. Deadline May 31.

One Story is seeking literary fiction. 3000 to 8000 words. Pays $500. Deadline May 31.

Grain is seeking eclectic literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Up to 3500 words. Pays up to $250.

Nashville Review is seeking literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Up to 8000 words. Pays between $25 and $100. Deadline May 31.

Black Coffee & Vinyl is seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, photography, and music in the theme Ice Culture. Up to 2000 words. Pays $50. Deadline May 31.

Check out my horror short story collection, available from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Nook, and Apple. More information on the Publications tab.

Is this information you already knew? Have you been using these words/terms right? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share? Have you been submitting or querying?

May you find your Muse.


S.A. Larsenッ said...

YAY, for your stories being out in the world! Love that cover. Thanks for the wordage refresher. Those always help!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shannon - Already and All Ready are challenging ones ... but thanks for this explanation. Congratulations on your book ... good luck - Hilary

cleemckenzie said...

English is a tricky beast. Always out there to entrap the unwary writer. All right, then. Let's have at it and see if we can master those distinctions. The problem is they are a changin' all the time. Further. Farther? Fewer? Less? Will it never end?

Andrew Leon said...

This is one of those things where I don't really understand how people get them confused.
But, then, I feel that way about a lot of things.

Susan Kane said...

Teaching English to 2nd language learners in Elem. Schools was crazy. It made no sense to them and at times confused me as well.