Thursday, February 2, 2017

MY PRECIOUS!


The Bear is slap-happy from another sleepless night in labor with Judging Angels, which is finally a'bornin.' He got his first sneak peek of the edits. It is exciting to see it really coming to life after all the teasing and changing. Again, I can't say enough about some of my beta readers. You are going to read it and say, "Holy cow, he made every change I told him to!" It is very different.

But where is my precious apostrophes? Has she gots them in her pocketses? Where are my precious words ending in "-ly?" Riddles! We shall play riddles to wins them back!

So, editing is not completely horrible after all. More like an operation you're really scared of, but the nurses hold you down and the doctor says, "Don't worry, I can amputate a limb in 20 seconds! For a Bear, 120. Here bite on this!"

The Bear is sure there will be some gentle back and forth between the 950 lb. Bear with jaws that can crush a bowling ball, and eviscerating claws and... what was the Bear talking about?

As long as his felonies and redheads don't follow the way of possessives and adverbs, the Bear will not be too discontented. Because without them, it's a short story that wouldn't make a lot of sense. More of a haiku, actuaLLY.

12 comments:

  1. Does Ginger make an appearance anywhere in JA?

    Btw, if you're tired of far-fetched antipope conspiracy theories, you might check out Maureen Mullarkey's writings on da pope. She's in the same league as the Bear. She's definitely getting the Last laugh on First Things.

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  2. Why, as a matter of fact, yes, Ginger makes more than one appearance. Duh. Even though she is not a redhead. A movie and song play both a poignant and eventually wickedly revelatory parts, at least until my publisher says she's intellectual property and I can use any real world references. Sigh.

    I believe I inadvertently ran afoul of Maureen, which was unfortunate since I do admire her writing. Blogging's a tough business and people can find Bears intense. I wish her all the best.

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    1. A movie and song play both a poignant and eventually wickedly revelatory parts, at least until my publisher says she's intellectual property and I can use any real world references.

      I don't know about the style conflicts, but I will be very happy if she corrects the grammatical and syntactical errors. Your eviscerating claws do frequent injury to the intended output of your 450 gram ursine brain.

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    2. Do you have a copy of the manuscript? I am not being sarcastic; I have supplied it to several and don't recall.

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    3. No. I'm just referencing the typos and inadvertently dropped words--such as "no", "not", etc.--that your massive paws produce on the blog. Clearly someone needs to create a bear sized keyboard.

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    4. I wish I could avoid lapses like that. I find it nearly impossible proofread my own work. I have gone through Judging Angels dozens of times, and I'll always find something. Often, I will reread an article here and make corrections that early readers don't see. My thoughts run very fast, and it is hard for my one-handed typing to keep up.

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  3. I think most of us are just tired of the pope. We see the same tactics from any secular liberal. Ultimately, he is defeating his own program. In the short term, it is very clever to skirt clear teaching and get your agenda through with handwaving. But he knows he is not building on the bedrock. The Franciscan Church has no assured staying power because they are too clever by half.

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    1. If he knows he is not building on bedrock, then why do it? One can only conclude that like most progressives he is mentally ill, and believes he will eventually succeed due to his "righteousness". Or he doesn't care he will fail, and just wants to cause as much damage as possible before his time is up. Anyway, looking forward to reading JA, Ginger or not!

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  4. What's wrong with adverbs? I truly love them, dearly.

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  5. Adverbs are not allowed in modern publishing. Period. Hard and fast rule. Don't ask me why. The possessive apostrophe is also not allowed. "Tom's large bicep" will be edited to "The large biceps of Tom," which is simply not idiomatic English. Don't ask me why. Publishing has styles that come and go, like anything else. I understand you can overuse anything, but... We'll see. I'm sure I can salvage a few of them.

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    1. Really?? How odd!
      Bear will have developed a nice thick skin after all this literary torture. You won't even need fur.

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    2. It's part of the experience. No writer enjoys it. There will be some give and take, It's like labor. Not much fun, but you know the baby is actually really coming! As long as substantive content (plot, characters) aren't messed with I won't get too growly.

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