Weird Typos and Other Distractions
Dena Wesley Smith has a post up today about typos. In this case, it’s what every blogger has probably experienced–someone zooming in to inform us that they caught us in a typo.
You have sinned! You made a typo!
I don’t know what it is about typos, but they bring out the worst in people. I suppose if you attach writer to that and suddenly we’re supposed to be perfect with the words.
Hmm. Tell that to my fingers. I am constantly making corrections because I am a lousy typist. My fingers get tangled up and sometimes I have words that are mostly spelled correctly, but have an extra letter in there. Particularly as I’ve gotten older (to the point of reading glasses), it’s harder for me to tell if I have too many i’s and l’s, especially if the font is small or condensed.
But then sometimes extra words creep in, and where they’re not supposed to. I wandered into an existing scene, did a quick spell check (three typos, not too bad), then read it. Found this:
Hope passed added the flatware to the plate and passed up up, but left the glass behind
Clearly I was thinking it too many directions when I wrote that!
I like checking soon after I write because occasionally I run into one where I have to stop and think about what I was trying to say. If it’s too long after, I have to strike the sentence entirely because I don’t remember.
Working on Multiple Projects
This week, I was part of an online INTP discussion, which was quite fascinating. Filing was actually the major part of the discussion, and how hard it is just to put pieces of paper in files. It’s like details, and I don’t have much tolerance for it.
But, also my natural state, I like hopping between projects. Sometimes it’s a break, or a way to get a different perspective. Sometimes I even get bored. Doesn’t mean the story is getting boring, but that I need a break from it.
At the moment, I’m working on a science fiction novel, a mystery short story, and a fantasy short story. Both the short stories are set in Morro Bay, California. I’m thinking of wandering around between them, following the flow of what I want to work on. I ended up getting hung up on the fantasy for a week because of a combination of getting stuck (let critical brain in and went in the wrong direction) and wanted to get it done. The result is not as much done as I wanted to. I probably would have figured out the problem if I’d hopped to a different story. Sometimes I need a little time to process where I need to go next.
Washington DC’s big party: The Inauguration
That’s only a few weeks away now. We will be shut down close into downtown because all the streets will be closed. Expect it to be cold. We were 11 when I went out to my car yesterday. Probably no better. But that’s typical weather for this time of the year. At least things will finally get back to whatever normal is after that.
Only six more weeks until Spring!