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Submissions progress
Day 2 of the Achieve 100 rejections slips project. Yesterday I checked over one of the stories I wrote while on the creative writing diploma course and printed it out.

I think there is some kind of digital creature that lays its eggs in story manuscripts. When the eggs hatch, the invisible grubs chew at the words and introduce errors that were not there last time the writer looked.

I mean that has to be it, right? There were half a dozen stupid little slips that couldn't have been there before.... could they? I had gone over and over that story and at least two people had critted it. Where had these slips come from?

Anyway, it now contains fewer stupid slips and it's on its way to an editor.

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birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: June 14th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I NEVER see my own typos. I can spot other people's a mile off, but I only see what I intended to write, not what I actually wrote. It doesn't help that I'm a hunt-and-peck typist, so there are usually a lot of finger-slip and hit-two-keys errors as well as a few 'brainos'. LJ and Facebook shame me, sometimes. I hit send and _then_ spot the mistakes as soon as it's written in stone. Duh!

Good luck with the 100 rejection slips project. I've never counted mine before but I am doing now. I must be well past that by now - over the years. I gathered 15 with this last batch of subs. (But at least had a sale.)
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: June 15th, 2011 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I often don't see my see my own typos. And typing 'for' when I mean 'four' doesn't help.

My best friend earthdragoness is a proof reader. She is not allowed to leave the area. Ever.

Good luck with the offering ;)
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: June 15th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I *so* want to read the story about the word-eating grubs. ;)
sophielandon From: sophielandon Date: June 15th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the software biz, this is known as "bit rot"--stuff that's worked for years, passed all its tests, will stop working for no known reason. Sometimes when you dig deep enough, you will discover that a file has mystically changed itself.

The only defense against the writing version of this that I've found is to run the spellchecker *every time* you touch the file.
shui_long From: shui_long Date: June 15th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The digital grubs also infect non-fiction - including commercial documents and contracts. No matter how many lawyers have checked them, the day after signing you can almost guarantee to find a typo. If you're really unlucky, it will be somewhere important, like the price...

And I can remember one notorious case where the grubs managed to eat a whole page.

But I'm not sure about it being a digital grub - I can remember the days of typewriters, carbon paper and Snopake, and there were the same problems (admittedly without the dubious "help" of spell-checkers). Maybe it's something in the paper?
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: June 17th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Current state of play for my friend who's doing this.

http://couchspudprotem.livejournal.com/91063.html
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