Monday, 2 December 2013

Big Blooper!



Here is part of a short story I sold to a major magazine... just as well I have a vigilant husband to edit my work before it gets sent!


            "I sort of miss the toys and the mess. Callum seems to have grown out of that stage - he's only interested in his DS games now or his music, and we don't even hear that as it's plugged into his ears."
            "Well, we should be thankful for that," Lauren said, putting on the kettle. "Look, he's only eleven, Neil. He may be shooting up but he'll always be our baby.
 
Can anyone beat that?

20 comments:

  1. Yes, Wendy I can beat that. I had a mother who started out as Morag, then changed to Rose, and back to Morag. The list goes on. And I wonder why I'm still waiting. I have learned to read and print out, and read again though.

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    1. Oh, Changing names in stories is my favourite pastime, Susan.

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  2. Well, I've read it three times, and I can't see anything amiss. Maybe there's something wrong with me...

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    1. Is Callum getting taller or is he a heroin addict, Frances?

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    2. But you'd tipexed that bit out!

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    3. That was supposed to be a subtle highlight but I think it failed!

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  3. Haha Wendy - that's brilliant. :)

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  4. Hi Wendy. Ha - It's sooo easy not to spot stuff like this when you're reading back your own copy, isn't it? I suspect your vigilant husband deprived that magazine editor of a good giggle. Rx

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    1. I wonder what would have happened if the editor hadn't spotted it either, Rena!

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  5. I think Frances has a good point and illustrates the changing use of language, Wendy!

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    1. Yes, I'm sure there are other words phrases we once used to use innocently, Rosemary.

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  6. Oops!! Love it, thank goodness for your eagle eyed husband :-) x

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    1. I wouldn't dare send any off with out him checking it first but there are things that have slipped by him, Teresa, I recently had my main character reach the attic by a narrow staircase and then climb back down a ladder!

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  7. I missed an S off a word once. It was on a handout for a play set in the 1930s with all the jargon of the time. It went out saying, 'Do not miss this CRUMMY production'.
    Laughed out loud at shooting up and then again at dear Frances being so innocent.

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    1. Did anyone go and see the play after that, Lynne!

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  8. Brilliant, Wendy, thanks for sharing! My hubby calls these 'howlers' and secretly I think he loves it when he finds one. Looking forward to tomorrow's catch-up. Tracy x

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  9. Ha ha, Wendy - that made me laugh! :-)

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    1. Yes, made my husband laugh too, Mandy.

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