I grew up reading Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson-Burnett, Gene Stratton-Porter, and many other authors with long names. Because of this, my writing style is a little old-fashioned. I enjoy complex sentence structures which make perfect sense with the proper use of a semi-colon.
But, alas and alack, today's modern style has veered away from the semi-colon. The em-dash is now all the rage. Editors and publishers are encouraging us to do away with as many semi-colons as possible. I feel like we should have a funeral for this, my most beloved of all punctuation marks.
I can do it -- I really can. (Did you see that? I ordinarily would have put a semi-colon right there, and instead, I did a dash.) My friend Erin Klingler has been reading my WIP this week and has helped me quite a bit, despite my grumbling and complaining. I shall conquer this!
Just like overcoming my overuse of "that" and "was," soon the avoidance of a semi-colon will become second nature. You may hear some sniffles and sobs along the way, but it's all for the greater good.
I asked my husband last night what his favorite punctuation mark is. He said the semi-colon. That, folks, is true love.