Thank you for all the likes, follows, views and reads


Dear Reader,

I hope you enjoyed your Sunday. Perfect weather we had in my corner of the world today and I hope in yours too. Today’s post is not a story post, and I apologize that I can’t provide your daily dose of fantasy fiction.

I ran into some technical issues with the audio book recordings. A quick G-chat with my cousin helped me to see the error of my setup. An error I’m working to correct. Tonight I hope to do another take. (Who needs sleep?)  Cross your fingers that my neighbors will turn in early, and quietly, and that my new set-up will eliminate any pops and clicks.

Many thanks to my beta listeners. Your feedback on FB, and over chat, has been invaluable. You will be the first to know when the audiobook is for sale on Hopefully, audio posts, in the form of embedded youtube videos, will return tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone who has liked and read scenes from my forthcoming book. I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend some time in Shayari with Sarn, Nolo, Jerlo and company. They appreciate your visits too; they’ve told me so. Repeatedly.

You guys are my beta readers and I am grateful to you for allowing me the opportunity to entertain you for a little while. You’ll be happy to know that I will be cozying up to the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style this week. It’s time to get to grips with copyediting.

I wish I could afford a professional to take a pass at it. Between my car’s extensive amount of repairs this year, thanks to a hit and run while I was choir practice, and my father’s sudden illness over the summer, a professional copyedit is just not feasible right now. Not if I want to eat, put gas in the car, and keep a roof over my head. Since winter is coming, the roof is a priority.

So I’m going to edit my book myself and hope I get the major issues resolved and leave only tiny errors that are easily ignored. Good thing I’ll be doing that while reading my book aloud and recording it for the audio book version. I read somewhere that reading your work aloud is the best way to find your errors. I’ve been putting that to the test, and we’ll see how much that helps.

My dream of having narration by Simon Vance, or Scott Brick, or any of the professional voice actors I love hearing, will just have to wait. The fees for obtaining their aid in this endeavor is more than I make in a month.

Ah well, I’ll just give it my best shot. After listening to a thousand audio books over the last five years, I know what I like about book narration. In theory, I also know the reverse.

Wish me luck and if it’s not too much trouble, let me know if I got the comma placement right in this post. Commas are the one punctuation mark that gives me trouble. Every time my finger hovers over the comma key, I hear the voice of one of my grade school teachers:

“Since you don’t know how to use a comma, don’t use them at all. Ever.”

I stood there dumbfounded. I waited for instruction about where to place these commas that so annoyed her, but she didn’t answer. She took a teachable moment and shot it down with a condemnation.

For a long, long time I didn’t use commas except in lists because I knew they belonged there. My mother had told me so and I don’t argue with a woman who reads as much as she does. If you laid out all the books (physical and electronic) she has read over the years end to end, they would circle the globe several times over.  And she’s still reading, though not as voraciously, since she is caring for my father, who had a stroke on Father’s day.

Maybe it was my public school education or maybe I had bad teachers, but whatever it was, I never learned how to properly use commas. I have tried over the years to correct that failing. Let’s hope I finally succeed.

2 thoughts on “Thank you for all the likes, follows, views and reads

  1. Melinda, I came over to browse a bit because you left a like on my Passing Years. I enjoyed your article here. You apparently mastered your fear of the comma. They look good to me. I’m clicking your follow so I’ll see more of you.

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