Please welcome guest blogger Flora Reigada.
Flora Reigada is a wife, mother and grandmother, who loves cats, clouds, church and pizza—not necessarily in that order. Her writing career includes twenty years as a correspondent for the Florida Today newspaper and other publications. She continues to write for Senior Life newspaper. She has authored numerous books and published articles.
Editing errors, rewrites, and other writing stuff . . .
She was mad as a march hair.
Light streamed in through tall widows.
Those are examples of errors I have observed in published and soon-to-be-published material. The first, paraphrased from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," should of course be, "She was mad as a March hare." The second, "tall widows" rather than windows, is an example from my own work. Thankfully, the mistake was caught in time by my hubby/editor "Ol' Eagle Eye." I shudder to think how many have escaped our notice. Those we've found have often given us a good laugh. I'm hoping that the errors I highlight in this blog will do the same for others. But maybe they will encourage fellow writers to do something my mistakes teach me: reread and rewrite, until I get it right. The following error almost made me a laughing stock.
Jesus, Mary and …Stanley???
One click of a computer's mouse can "spell" disaster and humiliation. It almost did for me after I gave my inspirational thriller, The Face Behind the Veil, a final going-over before e-mailing it to my publisher. At the last minute, I decided to change a character's name from Joseph to Stanley.
In a split second, this "global change" was made throughout the three-books-in-one, 600 page manuscript, which traces the legend of the birth veil through three generations.
That was the only alteration I made after the book was edited. Confident it was error-free, I clicked "send" and off it went. It wasn't long before I received the galley for my approval, so the printing process could begin.
Weary of the seven-year project, I almost didn't review the galley. But something in me couldn't let it go. That must have been Providential. Imagine my surprise when I discovered how the name change I made, affected a scene where the Christmas story is told. In horror, I read the following.
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Stanley, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Stanley her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Stanley, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost … Then Stanley being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife" (Matthew 1:18-20, 24).
After getting over my initial shock, I made the necessary changes.
Now I can laugh about this incident, but it taught me something important. Although I love the convenience and speed of modern technology, editorial changes are best made the old fashioned way, one at a time and with a pair of discerning human eyes.
The Face Behind the Veil
As the Great Depression loomed, Naomi was born with the "birth veil" over her face. In those more superstitious times, some believed this was the mark of a prophet. But what would "the veil" really mean to Naomi, then to her daughter and granddaughter? And what does it mean to us today? Read about it in The Face Behind the Veil.
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Coming Soon: Love in the Old City Series
Book 1: New Love in the Old City
When Liz Bertelli's husband betrays his marriage vows and leaves her for another, Liz locks the door of her heart. If God exists, Liz concludes he just sat there and let it happen. The award-winning artist finds herself stymied—her canvas gathering dust. Liz never imagined that veering off her normal walking path into the lush woods of New York State, would lead to a life-threatening bear encounter and secrets hidden in stone. But it would also lead Liz and her friend, Rosa, to a castle in the romantic city of St. Augustine, Florida, on a journey of mystery, romance and inspiration. Read about it in New Love in the Old City.
Book 2: Love and Obsession in the Old City
If I can't have you, no one will. That's what Steve has decided about his ex-wife, Liz, even after he left her for another, and she is engaged to former presidential aide, Carlos Martin. Their wedding is set for Valentines Day. They plan to marry beneath the boughs of the famed Love Tree in St. Augustine, Florida. But Steve is doing all he can to sabotage the wedding. Will he kill Carlos before he can say "I do," or will a motorcycle gang exact vengeance on Steve? And what shocking secrets are locked inside the little acorn? Read about it in Love and Obsession in the Old City.
Also Coming Soon:
Where Your Heart Meets God's
Have you ever wondered if God still speaks to people, as he did in Bible times? And if he does, how would you know when he is speaking to you? Flora Reigada wondered these things and found some life-changing answers. She wrote about them in this devotional. They might be your answers too. Find out in Where Your Heart Meets God's.