Buried in the Edits

Posted: June 8th, 2012 under Editing, Life beyond writing, the writing life.
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Just in case you’re wondering where I am, I’m digging through the computer file line by line, while changing things in accordance with (or similarly to, or in a related way to) Editor’s comments.    I don’t always do *exactly* what Editor advised, because in some cases the exact phrase Editor wanted to change isn’t there now (having been expunged in my own editing earlier) and in other cases I see what I (no doubt arrogantly) think is a better fix to the problem Editor pointed out.   (I’m nearly always agreeing that what Editor points out is indeed something to be pondered and then fixed.)

I’m not very far along.  And there are 859 pages of this monster to dig into bit by bit.   I’m not very far along because I’m trying to do this on three levels at once…and this afternoon may switch to what’s usually faster for me, structural and then working up to finish level nit-picking.     (It may be that the deaths earlier this week are still affecting concentration, too.   We will be holding the memorial service for the friend who committed suicide on our place, as we have a pleasant space–wildflower meadow–in which to scatter ashes–and enough space to hold a reception after.   Maybe I should just quit and make the lists I need to make for preparing for that.  Except I’m already behind a week, thanks to A-Kon,  and need to do the edits work first.)

Although I’m sad that the Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont, that does lessen the temptation to watch the race on TV tomorrow.

Back to work.


  • Comment by tuppence — June 8, 2012 @ 1:49 pm


    And at least they pulled the horse rather than having it break down which I gather a lot of the trainers horses do.

  • Comment by elizabeth — June 8, 2012 @ 5:23 pm


    Definitely the right decision. As you probably know, swelling in the cannon may be from several causes–bruise, tendonitis, or a hairline fracture. Those don’t always show up on X-ray right away. If that were my horse, I’d want serial X-rays of the limb today, as baseline, then serially until it was clear whether a fracture existed.

  • Comment by Genko — June 9, 2012 @ 11:53 am


    It’s difficult when you have multiple priorities. I’m dealing with some of this now too — preparing for my mother’s memorial, regular work, then took a fall yesterday which has my arm in a sling today. It’s always something. Sometimes I can keep all those plates in the air, and sometimes they start to crash to the floor.

  • Comment by elizabeth — June 9, 2012 @ 12:05 pm


    So true, Genko. It sounds like your plates in the air crashed you as well…I hope you’re better soon and the arm isn’t broken.

    I took a little time off today to get out and finally see the big purple gentians locally known as “Texas bluebells” (no relation to real bluebells, obviously.) We had only a few plants–less than five–when we bought the place, but now we have hundreds, in clumps and dribbles all down the gully system. And a new batch away from that, in among the Ashe junipers to the west. If the pictures came out, I’ll post them.

  • Comment by Genko — June 9, 2012 @ 4:21 pm


    Oh, it seems to be a hairline fracture. It will mend. Actually, it was a stack of folding tables that came crashing down.

    Glad you were able to get out for a while. The flowers sound lovely.

  • Comment by Richard — June 10, 2012 @ 9:15 am


    my condolences regarding your mother.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — June 11, 2012 @ 5:43 pm



    I hope the edits are going well with everything else you have had this past week.

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