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"Peons of Praise"--The Author Said That

 
 
Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 12:35 am
I started editing a new book. In the introduction (didn't get to Chapter 1 yet), I came across something that made my blood run cold. I'm paraphrasing. The book ain't published yet.

"Famine was the cause of hunger."

This is gonna be an adventure.
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 02:28 am
@Roberta,
Er......adventure is a great positive re-frame.

What next?

"Death was the cause of his heart ceasing to beat"?
Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 06:08 am
@dlowan,
deb, were you this author's ghost writer? That's poifect.

There was more to this sentence. Like famine was the cause of crop failure. Same kinda logic one step removed. It's the kinda sentence that you read, think about, and say, "Huh???"
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 06:31 am
@Roberta,
Quote:
I started editing a new book. In the introduction (didn't get to Chapter 1 yet), I came across something that made my blood run cold. I'm paraphrasing. The book ain't published yet.

"Famine was the cause of hunger."

This is gonna be an adventure.

Seriously, I wonder why the publisher has decided that this book should be published?
You can sorta tell already that it's not exactly going to be a big winner for them.
Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 11:56 am
@msolga,
olga, In nonfiction publishing, poor writing is hardly a reason not to publish. And you have to remember, there's at least one editor and a proofreader between the writing and the public.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 02:59 pm
Did you know that success is the key to success?

Did you know that in order to find a solution, you have to examine the solution?

I was right. An adventure in how slow can you go.

And the kicker. "the next two steps." Six steps follow.

Snarl-worthy.

There was a time when I might have appreciated the challenge. Dem days is gone.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 03:38 pm
@Roberta,
Roberta wrote:


And the kicker. "the next two steps." Six steps follow.



To answer with one word, that don't make no kinda sense.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 03:47 pm
@Roberta,
It is what it is.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 04:26 pm
@roger,
Roger, This happens A LOT. One of the first things I learned in editing was to watch out for this sort of thing.

DrewDad, When you're right, you're right.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 05:53 pm
Blindness is the cause of not seeing.
Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 06:20 pm
@edgarblythe,
Edgar, Did you ghost write this book?

I don't have the energy for this heavy duty concentration anymore. But I will muddle through. Let's face it. Fatigue is the cause of tiredness.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 08:05 pm
And, sleep, the reward for not being awake.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2011 09:36 pm
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

Blindness is the cause of not seeing.


Not eating is the cause of anorexia.

Or, my favourite:

If you don't eat, you don't **** and if you don't ****, you die.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 11 Feb, 2012 06:56 pm
I'm proofreading a book. There are many, many mistakes. (Note: I said proofreading, which means that someone edited this.) Most of the mistakes are the careless kind. Then I encountered this:

vis-versa

This was edited!

http://rlv.zcache.com/cheetah_snarl_poster-r6962447836aa4e07b1ee9380931fb3fc_w10_152.jpg
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 11 Feb, 2012 07:00 pm
@Roberta,
Quote:
vis-versa

Oh you poor thing!
How many pages to go?

Here, have one of these to fortify you, Roberta.

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSmUSeAlFCgtMt5K25AdSJAnQxirId8Idi9SXtFkNPF2ZlJoqX7yw
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 11 Feb, 2012 07:02 pm
@msolga,
is that a round tuit? msolga?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 11 Feb, 2012 07:11 pm
@msolga,
I think that brown thing is iconographic.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 11 Feb, 2012 11:17 pm
@farmerman,
Quote:
is that a round tuit?


I had to google that:

Quote:

round tuit (plural round tuits)

(humorous) A circular object giving its owner the ability to get done everything that would have otherwise been put off to a later date.

No more waiting until you get around to it, buy your own round tuit at a bargain discount today!


answer: Yes, I believe it well could be!
For Roberta, anyway.
She loves em! Smile

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSaZBzcle7HO5jVGZu5bRCmGOG6KqZvNEkRk_QAKmh6MewllADL


Roberta
 
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Reply Sun 12 Feb, 2012 01:43 am
@msolga,
Hey, who took a bite out of my steenkin' Oreo? Don't mess with my Oreos. It's bad enough I gotta deal with incompetent editors. Now I gotta deal with cookie biters.

It's always something.
msolga
 
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Reply Sun 12 Feb, 2012 01:49 am
@Roberta,
You mean it wasn't you, Roberta? Surprised

The nerve!
You can't leave an unattended Oreo sitting around for a minute these days!
 

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