As a former newspaperman and an independent book author and self-publisher, I hate typos. But I’ve also been at this game long enough to know that they are a part of life, and no matter how carefully you watch for them, they slip in. I have at least three or four proofreaders for every book I put out, and these are people who really know their stuff. But still, with just about every book, at least one typo makes its way through.
And it’s not just me. I’ve seen typos in magazines, big city newspapers, and in books published by the big publishing houses. You will also see them on TV from time to time. For example, this news report last night said the wind here in the New Smyrna Beach area was 265 miles per hour. Wow, we didn’t feel a thing here!
After seeing my post about the 1960 Ford in yesterday’s blog, somebody pointed out that I also had a 1960 Ford police car on the front cover of my book Return to Dog’s Run. Is it an omen? Should I get started on that garage expansion project?
In other news, I guess winter is headed our way. It’s been in the upper 70s and low 80s for several days now, but starting today it’s going to be down in the low 60s. I don’t care, I’ll be doing the same thing I have been doing; working on my new book. I knocked out another 3,000 words yesterday, and if all goes well I’ll get somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 more in today. I really want to get this book done because then I can start on another book. And when that one is done, I’ll start on a third book, and then I’ll… well, you get it.
But all of that depends on whether we get another 265 mile-per-hour day. If that happens, I hope it blows me to some nice tropical island where I can sit on the beach and write while looking at all of the pretty girls in their skimpy’s playing volleyball. Of course, with my luck, the wind will blow the other direction and I’ll wind up in Mission, Texas watching all the Q-tips with their white hair and white shoes doing the Winter Texan crab crawl with their walkers through Walmart.
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Thought For The Day – Superman could have become a doctor, using his x-ray vision to detect life threatening tumors. But no, we really needed another journalist.