Proof, Edit, Proof, Edit, Proof, Edit, Proof, Edit

At this point in the book writing process, I have put in enough hours that, even if I sell some books, I’ll probably earn about twenty-five cents an hour.  I made fifty cents an hour babysitting in the sixties. Lucky, I’m not writing to make a living; I just want to share the experience.

Like the last go-around, I am appalled at the number of errors still in the text.  As the world’s worst proofreader, I accepted offers of help. Sheila, Dawn, and Joyce are all proofreading Big Creek.  And, they are all finding plenty of errors. I’m finding them myself too. (How did I miss them in the past?)  It is an interesting experience.  The four of us all find some errors, but then, each of us finds things the others missed.

It feels like an obsession.  I’m at the computer most of the day.  Andy drags me outside for a walk periodically to relieve some stress.  Sometimes I remember to take the camera. We walked around to the far side of the canal in our RV park and sat at the water’s edge for a while. this is the pavilion that is in many of the pictures I take from our side of the canal.

Picnic Pavilion on the Atlantic Ocean

It was late in the afternoon and there was a nice moon in the sky.


One day we went to Subway and took our sandwiches to Oceanfront Park behind city hall.  It is one of our favorite picnic spots. After eating, we took a walk around the park perimeter.

Juvenile Ibis

I took a lot of pictures of this Great White Heron, but most of them were out of focus.  I really need to get the camera into the shop for a tune-up.

Great White Heron

Here is a profile portrait.

Great White Heron Head and Neck

We climbed up to the viewing platform at the end of the canal and got a closeup view of some ibis.  These two kept and eye on us, but did not fly away.

Two Ibis on Branches

The papaya tree is blooming and growing little papayas.  Andy checks their progress every day.

Small Papayas


8 thoughts on “Proof, Edit, Proof, Edit, Proof, Edit, Proof, Edit

  1. Neil Jordan December 12, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    When we visited Sturbridge Village in August, I asked the printer how they proofread the old movable type plates, because corrections would be a lot harder than with a word processor. He said that the printer would read from right to left, bottom line to top line, to avoid mental tricks. That would take care of typos, but not errors of logic or grammar.

    Can you extract your text and feed it through two different spell and grammar checkers?


  2. M. L. Kappa December 13, 2016 / 12:11 am

    The problem lies in the brain, which tricks your eye into seeing things that aren’t there, like a missing word. If you’ve written ‘this is bird’, you still see the missing ‘a’… One trick which works quite well is to make a copy and change the size and font. Reading in the new size and font helps you catch a lot of mistakes. Hope this helps!


    • Dinata Misovec December 18, 2016 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks for the tip! I did notice that when I got it as a PDF I saw a lot of mistakes I had not seen before.

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      • M. L. Kappa December 19, 2016 / 1:53 am

        Sadly, the process is never-ending!😊


      • Dinata Misovec December 20, 2016 / 10:34 pm

        Oh no! Don’t tell me that! I want a life!


  3. thejuicenut December 13, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing your lovely environs with us 😊


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