We use a lot of cool no-code technology tools over here at #tm2cpodcast to help make our show better. Canva for gorgeous graphics, Airtable for content management, Typeform for Onboarding, and ClickUp to track our processes.
But one of our very favorite tools, which we got talking about in this week's episode with Modern Family's Dana Powell, is Grammarly. It's a freaking writing assistant that is built in to your brower! When we're on a tight deadline with an episode and we're writing social posts and blogs til our fingers fall off, Grammarly fixes spelling, helps us keep tabs on our tone, formality, and intent and gives us suggestions.
Also, #humblebrag, but here's how we did last week, according to Grammarly:
Anyway, one thing led to another, as it usually does with theatre people, and we basically birthed a super funny musical spoof commercial for Grammarly, based on The Music Man. Don't ask us why, but it's clearly inspired by John Wick and also includes Dana Powell as a ninja.
We never said we were great at mixing metaphors.
We present to you our spec script.....
Marian the Ninja Grammarian
INT. A LIBRARY. LESS MUSIC MAN, MORE JOHN WICK
Deadly assassins are disguised, scattered throughout the space like land mines, in and around the writers hard at work. They are everywhere, around each corner ready to destroy a great piece of writing with their misspellings, wordiness and - the most deadly of all - extra commas. They each lie in wait for Marian, creating a rhythm as they bide their time, and the writers type away. A musical number ensues.
MARIAN, NINJA GRAMMARIAN WHAT CAN SHE DO, YOU CLICK, TO CATCH YOUR SLIP WE NEED YOU MADLY, MADLY NINJA GRAMMARIAN...MARIAN. GUESS, I MEAN, LIKE, IF YOU WANTED TO WRITE A LETTER AND YOUR PUNCTUATION COULD BE BETTER IT'S CERTAINLY TIME THAT YOU MET HER. GET MARIAN ...NINJA GRAMMA - SHHH -
dodges a comma
RIAN! WHAT DO YOU DO, MY DEAR, TO WRITE SO CLEAR WE NEED YOU BADLY, BADLY, NINJA GRAMMARIAN...MARIAN IF I’M TYPING AND MY THUMBS DON’T RECALL HOW TO SPELL IT I LEAVE OUT THAT DUMB E IN FORETELL, IT S’NOT A WORRY AT ALL THANKS TO MARIAN NINJA GRAMMARIAN.
Grammarly, we love you. Call us.
(and special thanks to our collaborator Avery Ragsdale for cooking up those parody lyrics!)
Don't forget to subscribe to the show to hear this hilarious episode with Dana Powell, dropping first thing tomorrow morning!
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