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Editing, editing ...

I finished the first round of edits for Storm Chaser toward the end of the weekend. There were a lot, but most were fairly easy fixes and amounted to punctuation: I think I like commas more than Dave (my editor), and he likes hyphens more than me. There was also the issue of parentheses ... I've been hearing for years that using parentheses to indicate character thought was falling out of favor, but Dave thinks otherwise. I was very happy to change it back to the way I like it -- I never have understood what's wrong with me thinking, Hey -- people can tell I'm thinking now!

So I sent the edits in and went to take a nap before work, satisfied that I'd have days before the next round came through to attend to other matters such as some upcoming meetings and the primary election (vote for me!) When I got to work -- just four hours later -- there was my corrected manuscript, awaiting the errata list. Basically I have to go line by line through the entire manuscript again, getting one last chance to correct typos and other mistakes that haven't yet been caught. And that's why you won't be hearing much from me for the rest of the week.

Before I go, here's an article I wrote for the paper that I hope people will take as a warning to be careful in all the areas that have been experiencing flooding:


    Good Samaritans are credited with saving a child's life after a car flipped over into high water near Diamond Lake Monday morning.
   Police blame unreasonable speed for the crash, which happened on CR 600 N, near 400 W, at about 8:44 p.m. Amanda Rouse, 22, of Ligonier, was eastbound when she struck water that had flooded onto the roadway and lost control, causing it to flip over off the pavement. The high water had already been marked with warning signs by Highway crews, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department.

     Larry Shepherd of Ligonier and Brekan Manahan of Kendallville were nearby when the accident happened, and assisted four adults who managed to get out of the wreckage -- but the victims told their helpers that a three year old child was still inside.

     Working in the four feet of frigid water, Shepherd and Manahan were able to lift the car enough so that another person could get to and free the child, Delilah Rouse of Ligonier. Delilah was initially reported to not be breathing, but by the time emergency responders arrived she was breathing on her own.

     The child, the driver, and three adult Ligonier residents, 18 year old Share A. Rouse, 25 year old Christopher J. Lehman, and 24 year old Robert H. Rouse, were all treated for cold exposure after being in the water.

     Police cited Amanda Rouse on a charge of speed too fast to avoid a collision; the 2003 Pontiac Sunfire she was driving was heavily damaged.

     Units responded to the scene from the Sheriff's Department, Albion Fire Department, Ligonier Fire and Police Department, and Noble County EMS.


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May. 3rd, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
I am glad they got them out of the car alive!
May. 3rd, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
So am I -- especially the child. Body recovery is *not fun*. One of the reasons I stopped running on the ambulance was one too many calls involving children.
May. 3rd, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the the edits weren't too heinous. I do not like the increasing use of the hyphen to be honest. it knocks me right out of what I'm reading.
May. 3rd, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
I hope that won't be too much of a problem with Storm Chaser; I thought he added an awfully lot of hyphens (but then, maybe not so many spread out over the whole novel), but every time I checked one I discovered he was technically correct. Either I've been doing it wrong all these years, or we're using different style books.
May. 4th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
from what my two English prof friends tell me times are a changing. The older prof uses commas and if a name ends in an S (like Hughes for example) no need for an 's just the apostrophe.

the young prof uses the hyphens and everything that is possessive gets the 's
May. 4th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
I was taught that there's never as S added if a name already ends with S -- I didn't even know that was an issue! But it just goes to show how fluid and living the English language is.
May. 4th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
I found out in the most embarrassing way possible, a short story edit from my publisher on a story set in Pompeii where EVERYONE had a name that ended in S
May. 5th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness's!
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May. 3rd, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
It sure is -- they took quite a ride!
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