After a wonderful summer break, I’m back to editing. This time it’s the third draft of my second novel. My husband is on a hiking trip and won’t be back until 5 PM.

I’m working away, trying to concentrate on a major conspiracy when my thoughts turn to food. Hunger is a mighty disrupter. It stops me from thinking. I go to the kitchen and grab something from the fridge. I return to the computer and to my editor’s comments (in a separate panel on the right side of the page). I fix typos, grammar, word repeats, etc. until my head starts to spin.

A few hours later I’m bushed. I decide to deal with one more edit, then go for a snack. I scroll to the next comment where my editor has written: Does Amy ever curse?

I go through the document, searching for curses, then write into a comment window under my editor’s: I found 1 shit, 1 goddammit, 4 dammit, 3 rats. Should she swear more? I added 1 hell, 1 jackass, 1 holy crap. Other?

I stop, sit back and look at it. I wrote that in all seriousness? I burst out laughing. I obviously need to take a break. Just then, Bo comes home, wonders what I’m laughing about. He reads my comment and grins. “I’m glad you’re having a good time,” he says. “What should we have for dinner? And why are you still in your pyjamas?” cartoon-pic-to-use-w.-busy


    • jacqui

    • 6 years ago

    If you’re going to HAVE to have a swear word – make it a dandy! No namby pamby rats or dammits! Ladies should not swear – but a few holy-farts or Jesus murphy’s sound good to me. jus’ kidding’ – luv ya jacqui

  1. I can relate!

    1. And in the end it’s all worth it!

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