About GarieMcIntosh.com Website


So what is this site about?

This website has been born out of the experience of its author, Garie McIntosh, who has become empowered through his own journey of becoming a writer and then publishing his own work. This empowerment has led him to learn to use English in its vastness not only to write but to create and transform. The following two quotes capture the creative and transformative ideals to which he aspires and of which he aims to make this website a reflection:

"Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations." —Edward Sapir, Language (1921)

"Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation." —Toni Morrison

You need not have been scared of anything, but if you've ever been challenged by English or how it works (its linguistic aspect), this website may be of interest. It may intrigue you; it may even inspire you. The content is intended to offer a qualitative experience from a creative, linguistic and grammatical point of view. That being said, it's a good idea to remember that there are many theories in English and many ways to parse a sentence. Yet these features of the language sustain the fundamental and incontrovertible fact that it is not only fascinating but also powerful as a tool of communication.

You may be a reader interested in another point of view. You may be a story-teller, a communicator, a writer. Or you may just want to read a good story about who we are, Jamaica, and the power of secrets. All of which you can find in What's in a Name, the first novel by Garie McIntosh. But you could also be interested in learning about some of the most vital or integral operatives (words, phrases, clauses and punctuation) involved in constructing a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.

For this reason, our work, and the academic material presented on this website have been borne out of tireless work and effort to make them understandable, applicable, and educational.

The answer to that question is two-fold, yet at the same time it is in a name: Garie McIntosh. He is a writer/editor, academic and entrepreneur, and as mentioned the author of this website. Garie considers himself a grammar enthusiast and a story-telling communicator. He is currently completing two additional novels that along with his first, What’s in a Name, will form a thematic trilogy.

Garie performs educational and grammatical editing work under his business, McIntoshLinguistics, the aim of which is to formalize an approach to English literary editing through a process-method. McIntoshLinguistics develops custom search parameters (MCINTOSHFORMS™) for writers, editors and literary projects, and has created an educational editing process-method for manuscripts (The Literary Editing Project, also called The LEP).

Garie also produces educational and grammatical linguistic material. You can learn about his editing work and/or business model under the Products & Services menu and access his linguistic material under the Academic Modules menu.
Garie takes a linguistic approach to his writing to enable himself not only to write literarily but to edit grammatically.

He believes that by sharing what he has learned or by inspiring others through his own commitment to and passion for what he believes is his life's purpose, he will create the life that he has always wanted: one that reflects wisdom, knowledge and understanding. For they all humble him enough to always remember that while we may say we know a lot, we should never claim that we know enough. The objective is to keep learning.
Content philosophy

One of the founding principles of this website is that storytelling is communication, to which the phrase storytelling-communication or storytelling-communicator refers.

Taking this principle a step further, the website aims to give visitors a real sense of the inexorable progress that one can make professionally when he/she takes a linguistic approach to English grammar. So besides this subject, English linguistics is a prominent discipline here, where the goal is to present educational material that will enable you to use English to optimize both your writing and your editing.

Subject matters are presented in modules that are an element of SSORE, an acronym for a system we have created and called The Syntax and Semantics, Orthography, and Readability Elements of Writing & Editing, or The SSORE of Writing & Editing (The SSORE).

The SSORE represents the scope of the editing work performed and also the linguistic material presented. You can learn about our work under the Products & Services menu and access our material under the Academic Modules menu.

Two important elements of The SSORE are verbal modifiers (morphology) and nominalization. They are part and parcel of the linguistic concepts of grammatical form and grammatical function. The awareness and understanding of both these elements and concepts are key to any grammatical editing process. For example, nominalization provides grammatical metaphor, while verbals give life to our sentences.

Similar to functional grammar, The SSORE helps you put together English language patterns (structure/form) and shows you what to do with them (function) so that the communication is clear and/or so that you can achieve a diplomatic, polemic, or trenchant effect.

Also, the process and methods used throughout this website ascribes to functional lexical-functional grammar, a model of grammar whose framework allows you to see that "words form phrases, grammatical functions emerge from morphological and phrasal structure, and patterns of phrases evoke a complex meaning." This overall effect can be especially apparent in literary prose, where together the vocabulary and grammatical structures, and the diction form a kind of storytelling-communication.

Moral philosophy

The famous Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

And RuPaul also said, "In this life, if you can stay flexible, you have a really good chance of navigating a really rich experience for yourself on this planet."

So flexibility and giving are our philosophies. They are also the reason behind the editing work we do and the linguistic material Garie produces.

The following two quotes inform the approach taken towards the development of this website:

"When we are talking about language and linguistics, we are talking about [how] it [language] is used, not language as some people use it—that's literature." —Dr. Edwards, King's College London

"Linguistics is about how language works, so some people may know a whole lot about one particular language and that’s it." —Linguistics in Arrival: Heptapods, Whiteboards, and Nonlinear Time

However, Garie believes that understanding language on a whole, and English linguistics itself are prerequisites to using English literarily, whether you are writing or editing.
Garie aims to make the academic modules of this website as accurate as possible. This is achieved by making references at times.