Sunday, July 18, 2010

Workin' Hard


It's about time I posted something, huh. Did you miss me?

I've been updating and updating and editing and editing. Do you suppose it's done? You know what? I think authors, like actors or athletes, though with the reputations these two professions garner, do I want to compare myself to them? Sorry, Anyway, I think we earn our bucks big time. It's all perfection and to the individual whose work it is, perfection is never, ever achieved. I mean, I can get obsessed on stupid space that's not in alignment. You know how when your word processor keeps fighting back?

I finally learned how to master Microsoft Word, and I learned it the hard way--after everything was done and it ALL had to be fixed. I had to go through over 3,000 paragraphs and take out the little dots before and after. Good news is, I learned how to use styles and it is slick. Will they ever come up with one that can correctly correct punctuation and spelling?

Well, that's all I have for today. My hubby is taking me out to dinner. I'm going to make an effort to post more, just as soon as I get the query letter, cover letter, and synopsis completed. You may never see my smiling face again.

Have a great week everyone. Maybe I'll be back before it's over.
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4 comments:

  1. Hi Elizabeth, I also just found "styles" last week, you're right it is really slick. I like it.I haven't done anything major to use it yet though.

    I find that Word does a nice job of highlighting spelling errors and giving suggestions for alternate spellings. But, I don't like that it does not recognize proper nouns...guess there are too many variations for it to be that accurate.

    I hope you and hubby had a great dinner and DO have a fantastic week.

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  2. LOL, I understand your pain. I am working through word at the moment. I need a version that will smile at me and say well done. LOL

    Enjoy your dinner and happy scribbling.

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  3. Hi Elizabeth. There's so much to learn and so much to find. It's fun, isn't it? At least I enjoyed the new discoveries I found while writing my novel 'Lethal Inheritance' (YA fantasy).

    I just started another novel and realise how far I've come on this wonderful journey of learning about writing. Have fun on yours and may it be fruitful.

    If you're interested in what I've written, you can read ch1 at
    http://publishersearch.wordpress.com/lethal-inheritance/

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