Final Edits – I Hope!

Editor Patricia sent me a draft of Big Creek labeled “Final copy edits”.  I have found so many more errors, I can hardly believe it can be final. A few weeks ago in Wildwood, Dawn offered to proofread it for me.  Maybe she didn’t expect me to take her up on that offer, but I did.  Sheila also offered to proofread it a week or so back.  I really didn’t expect her to be willing to right now, with Dan’s health issues.  She has convinced me that I don’t know how to proofread, with all the errors she has found so far.  I’m even considering whether I should even try to write!  Gosh, it sure is embarrassing.

Today was a bad day in my book-writing journey.  I don’t know how it happened.  I am one of those people who hits “save” every few minutes.  However, I managed to lose all the edits I have made over the past five or six days.  Poof!  They all disappeared.  I could blame it on the computer.  It has been acting up lately and I called the Geek Squad this morning for a tune up and fix up.  It took a while, and when I got back to it in the afternoon, I could not find the latest version with all my edits.  I didn’t cry; I just started over.

Andy suggested a short walk in the late afternoon.  We went to the dumpster and then the waterfront.  The no-see-ums were ferocious.  We didn’t stay long, just long enough for me to snap a couple of pictures of a tri-colored heron on the grass barrier at the end of the canal. Only one of my pictures came out in focus.

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Tri-Colored Heron

 

I noticed that the blossoms on the century plant are quite large now.  This one is huge maybe like those football mums.

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Century Plant Blossoms

 

Then we scurried back to the motorhome before we were eaten alive.

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8 thoughts on “Final Edits – I Hope!

  1. leggypeggy December 2, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Never proofread your own work. you’ll always miss lots of mistakes. Good luck and thinking of you.

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    • Dinata Misovec December 2, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      You are right there!! I think, at this point, I have memorized it and could read it with my eyes closed. I wouldn’t see a single error!

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  2. sheilab104 December 2, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    I’m so sorry about your computer problems! I just replaced mine a couple months ago and I know there are things that are missing and it’s driving me crazy. And proofreading was a big part of my job for 30+ years, so I’m kinda used to it. You’re doing a great job!

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  3. davekingsbury December 5, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I heard the best proof-readers read backwards so they don’t get distracted by the content … no kind of life, though, is it?

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  4. Frank Wilmer December 5, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    to make you feel better, that is a great photo of the tri-colored heron….I have never see one before! jane

    Sent from my iPad

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