Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Spelling Faux Pas - reposted

I received a comment about the fact that I had vengeance spelled wrong in my description of me.  So I'm re-posting one of my original posts.  Please see below.

But just in case, let me re-iterate who I am.  Writing, a turn of a phrase, not spelling is my strength.  This blog is a place for rants and conversations, a place for me to vent my frustrations and brag about my victories.  In the real world, some people like my accent, and others think it makes me sound stupid, but if you judge me on my accent or on a single misspelled word, then you need to check into your own issues, because I'm not the problem.

P.S. I fixed the misspelled word.

Spelling Faux Pas

Tonight my friend, Mike, pointed out that I had descent spelled wrong in the title of yesterday's post. I fixed it with great haste and a bit of humility.

So, right up front, I have to confess that spelling (correct spelling, that is) is not one of my virtues. Back in what feels like a previous lifetime, when I was in my twenties, I went to engineering school, and we had a saying: "I are an engineer, no got good english." Well, that was one of our sayings. We had lots. This saying of ours raises the question of whether engineers are naturally bad spellers or whether bad spellers make good engineers. But I'm wandering from the topic.

Needless to say, this spelling problem of mine makes writing coherently difficult. I read and re-read, and re-read again, and still I miss words like descent. Damn that spell checker for not knowing what I meant.

This poses a huge getting-published problem for me because from what I hear, the publishing world isn't what it used to be. No longer does the publisher provide an editor, at least not to no-name newbies. So my novel has to be pristine, has to be error-free, with every word spelled correctly. Words like decent versus descent, what with my suspect spelling skills, make editing a novel a daunting, time-consuming task. (Mike caught that one too. I had used verses instead of versus.) Both are real words. Both are in spell checker. In both cases. It's for this reason that I've farmed out the final proofing on my novel to friends like Kim and Kathleen and Dustin. At least they're my friends for now. They may not like me so much at the end of this process.

With that said, for this blog, if spell checker doesn't catch it, I may not catch it either. I'm not trying to be flippant about it, just honest. You can understand and forgive me (maybe post a comment) or you can laugh at what an idiot I can be or you can even get annoyed and go away, but I hope you'll persevere and experience this process with me, until I get published.

So to Mike, thanks!! Keep up the good work.

To Kathleen, Kim, and Dustin, I'm sorry, in advance. You know I love you. And you must love me, a lot, to commit to such an effort.

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