Reflections – Saturday, July 30, 2016

Carol A. Hand

Ah, the challenge of maintaining my discipline to continue editing! I’ve been through this chapter at least twice already and I’m still finding typos, verb tense issues, and sentences that don’t flow.

Escaping to my side porch, looking up at the sky,
feeling thoughts calm as I watch from my retreat.
While puffy cumulus clouds slowly pass by
I try to envision the earth spinning beneath my feet,
the passage of earth orbiting the sun.
I’m just left feeling dizzy before I am done,
but nonetheless ready to continue this onerous task.
When will it be finished? Oh please. Don’t ask…

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clouds

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26 thoughts on “Reflections – Saturday, July 30, 2016”

  1. I know the feeling. I’m not a professional writer but I self-published a family history and gave copies to all the family members for Christmas a few years ago. I proofread it and proofread it, I had my former teacher proofread it. I had it printed. And every single time I idly flick through it, I find a typo or a phrase I’m not happy with. ☺️

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  2. Hi Carol. Everyone thinks insiration for writing or art comes from some magical inner source. To a point it is true. But to make it look easy takes gruelling hard work and dedication. I picked a gallon of huckleberries this morning on the side of a mountain. Willow barked to keep the bears away. The horseflies bit me though my shirt. My back ached. Once I was home. My Nephew and his daughters came to visit. They are from the city. I gave them the berries and they were so happy. Their faces lit up when they tasted them. It was a good feeling. Take care Carol. Bob

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    1. A gallon is a lot of work, Bob! I love the story you shared about your berry-picking adventure and the rewards for hard work lovingly done. I agree with your insights about art. It looks easy. That’s what I used to believe about writing a book… 🙂

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    1. Ah, thank you for your kindness, David. You know, editing could last forever – what we create is only part of a learning journey that perhaps never ends. It’s never perfect. How we see things and who we are changes. We’re never quite the same as we were just a moment before…

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Robbie. Words come when they will. I can’t make them flow, but if I don’t write when the inspiration strikes, the rest of my day is often unproductive. ❤

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