This is just a short post and this post has a moral: Listen to your editors.
While editing The Light Side of the Moon, I have found, or more appropriately, my editor has found that I have a new grammar addiction: “then”
Merriam-Webster defines then : at that time : at the time mentioned
—used to indicate what happened or happens next
You might remember, that when I was going through editing of Other Systems, my poor editor (someone else) found and cut at least fifty semicolons. I am not exaggerating. In the second round of edits, I overused the word “as.”
Apparently I needed a new way to combine sentences–so I moved on to “then.”
For some logical reason, I thought it looked cooler to use “then” to combine sentences instead of the almost invisible “and”. I have no idea why, but thankfully my editor caught it and conducted an intervention.