Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Waxing Moon in Taurus
Celtic Tree Month of Birch
Sunny and cold

Isn’t this cool? It’s a zodiac tile for the garden that I won on eBay. I’m pretty happy with it. I also ordered a couple of other inexpensive garden decorations, and I’m going to start stockpiling pots.

I got a lovely book out of the library called THE CAPE COD GARDEN, which I’ve now ordered and bought, since it will be invaluable as I learn how to garden on Cape Cod. I nearly put it down and away, because there was one of the types of errors on the first page of the introduction that makes me froth at the mouth as both writer and reader. “Addition” was used instead of “edition”. It’s inexcusable that the author, the editor, AND the copy editor missed it in the finished book. My feeling on something like this if I can’t trust them on something this simple, how can I trust any of the other information in the book?

On the other hand, as an author, I’ve been on the flip side, where I corrected an error multiple times in edits and galleys and it was still in the finished book and I wanted to commit hara-kiri. I hold the publisher more responsible for this than the author.

I pushed through, and was glad that I did, because there’s a lot of great information. And they mention the garden center nearby that I really like and plan to use on this journey. However, between composting, fertilizing, and mulching, I’m already completely intimidated.

I’ll have to get over myself.

Devon

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Saturday, January 15, 2011 « Ink In My Coffee
  2. Teresa
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 15:18:06

    That is a cool tile. I’m glad you could look past the typos and on to the information. Beauty and worth are often found in the middle of mistakes.

    T

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  3. Dru
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 15:35:19

    I love the blue in the tile.

    Reply

  4. Elsa Louise
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 17:30:36

    As someone who edits to earn her keep, I hear you. However, it is my experience in having edited a variety of documents for a variety of entities for more than 20 years that the issue of which you write occurs more and more. Many otherwise bright folk simply cannot spell due to, in some cases and for a particular generation, the whole language era. Being read to does not make for champion spellers.

    If you can push through to the good stuff and find worth in the writing itself, then while annoying, the spelling issues may be somewhat overlooked. But only somewhat…

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