As for the semicolons, I honestly didn't realise I'd used that many. I'll try to keep an eye on them in the future, particularly when it comes to using them wrongly in place of colons.
Out of interest, where does the 'once per page' rule come from? I can't recall ever hearing that before. Is it a PPC thing, a writing for fiction thing, or just a general English language thing?
I always thought that colons and semicolons were used to introduce different kinds of lists, so a horizontal list (one made using commas) would be started with a semicolon, but a vertical list (made using bullet points or numbers) would be started with a colon. Having said that, it's been about 10 years since I last had an actual English lesson, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of the stuff I 'know' turns out to be incorrect.
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Wow, I had no idea I used that many the Irish Samurai,Mon May 7 11:55am