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One week later...

My, news can be stressful. All things I wanted to say were phrased perfectly by an old essay by typographer, which he posted a day or so ago, and once I stopped sniffling all I could say was "yeah, what he said." Today I didn't listen to NPR all day for a change because we had a "yay team!" meeting and a free lunch (which was pretty good, and bodes well for the finances of the company), and although I missed the Weekly News Roundup, the stress level seems somewhat less.

My inner proofreader has been going overtime. I'm illustrating a story for Tales of the Tai-Pan and I found myself using my pencil to proof the story, although I'm sure it will be edited before it goes into the mag. I did the same for a story chapter posted on a writer's list, which I'm glad of, since I so often find myself setting posts aside "to get to later," and invariably I fall down on the beta-reader job there. I sometimes wish I knew how to get a job doing that for galley proofs, because sometimes even published books make me itch for the ol' green pen (no, I don't use red).

I'm reading Candyfreak by Steve Almond, and I've found a bizarre soulmate of sorts in this guy, who apparently has had the same love affair with candy I have (although, lucky guy, he's one of those hyper-thin dudes who can eat candy 24 hours a day). Besides, I like the way he writes. He rocks, humor-wise. I was roaming around his website and he's got some stories posted, so he does more than research candy making. The stories seem pretty good, too. I may have to read his regular book. In any case, if you love candy, I recommend Candyfreak. It's fun.

K is for Keen
A is for Artistic
T is for Tempting
H is for Heavenly
Y is for Young


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 2nd, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
Allow me to introduce my inner editor to your inner proofreader. Frankly, I wish they'd run off together and write beautiful books together or something, because so often I wish she'd just. shut. up. and let me enjoy reading a book like a normal person.
Apr. 2nd, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's about the size of it. I think I became a reviewer because I critique so much better than I write these days...!
Apr. 2nd, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
You clearly have the makings of a fine editor. :-)
Apr. 2nd, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you.
Apr. 2nd, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
wish she'd just. shut. up. and let me enjoy reading a book like a normal person.

Never happen. Even when I'm reading a fun, silly book, I still stop and ask myself, "But is this really advancing the plot in any way? Okay, these characters were evidently thrown in for name recognition by series readers, but they never do anything." That doesn't even include mentally rewriting sentences and groaning over bad grammar and punctuation.
Apr. 2nd, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, God, tell me about it. It's sooooo frustrating. It takes a really good writer to make my inner editor go to sleep, and even then, one slip and she's baaaa-ack. I even quibbled at George R.R. Martin occasionally.
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