Yesterday, Liz's guest blogger Melanie Atkins talked about how great technology is but how it can cause spelling mishaps. I loved the post, and it was so ironic because that's similar to what I'd planned to post today, so I'll go ahead with it.
Like Melanie, I love Find and Replace, and I've had some really bizarre words pop up in edits because I did a "replace all" or was going too fast and replaced a word I shouldn't have. But my real pet peeve is my iPhone. I suppose I could turn off the feature where the phone thinks it knows what you're trying to say before you say it, but sometimes it comes in handy. SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T.
I mentioned last week that I had a terrible computer virus that had me offline for several days. I hate emailing on my iPhone. Something about that little screen and I keep bumping the wrong letter. It drives me crazy. But with no email, I was forced to use my iPhone, until it started screwing up too, but that's another story.
So I was trying to type an email to Kari, asking her to post to one of our loops that I would be out of touch because I had a computer virus. Well, I misspelled "computer", and my phone in its wisdom decided I actually meant to say, "cooter". After that first second of horror, I laughed until I cried. I would have died if I'd sent the message off saying, "I'll be out of touch for a while because I have a cooter virus." How my iPhone could think I meant "cooter" is beyond me, but I could have easily sent it that way if I hadn't done that final proofread. It isn't always easy to spot the mistakes, especially if you've been looking at the same manuscript (or email...or blog) for a long time.
When I got my copy edits for Embrace the Highland Warrior the copy editor thought I had made a mistake by attributing a line of dialog to the wrong character, so she changed it, thinking she was helping. But I hadn't made a mistake. She did. It was an honest mistake, and I can see where she got confused, but those things are hard to spot because it wasn't a misspelling.
On the same manuscript, I had a beta reader catch a couple of errors that both myself and the copy editor missed. I had looked right over them, and she did too. I guess we needed Kari editing for us. Our M&M gal isn't just a fabulous author, but she is a brilliant freelance editor as well. So bottom line, Proofread,people, proofread! (I bet I have a ton of typos in this blog).