Updates: the ‘my brain hurts — give me coffee!’ edition

I’m now just slightly more than halfway through the first round of copyediting J. R. Handley’s military sci-fi novel Operation Breakout, so it won’t be finished by tea time. Sorry… 🙂 At least there’s a shiny new novelette in the same setting to read while you wait.

My clone’s latest novel, Project Brimstone, needs only one more light pass of proofreading (he made a few minor changes, so I should check for comma splices) before being ready for publication. We don’t have an official release date yet, but you, O Readers of my blog, will be among the first to know. Maybe I can at least show you the cover art sometime in the next week.

My brain hurts, but I shouldn’t be wanting coffee, since the character who’s the cause (or at least the source) of my psychological coffee habit is currently in coldsleep. (Seems to be a lot of that going around these days. 🙂 ) He’s also on his way to another stellar system. “You shut up — you’re not here!” applies more than ever.

Actually, the most likely reason for my brain hurting (yes, I know it’s sinuses, not brain) is the weather we’ve been having. I’m sensitive to changes in air pressure, and the air pressure has been… I think wonky is the scientific term for it. 🙂 Spring is dust-storm season here, and the wind has been going practically nonstop for days now, rattling the windows and booming against the roof. The cats are taking it well — they’re used to it — although they do sometimes use the weather as an excuse to act crazy: “Look at me! I’ve got static in my fur! See me race around the house for no reason! See me kill this boot lace! See me… Wait, what was I doing?”

I’ve noticed a tendency for many of my “Writing Glitch” posts to contain snark directed at WordPress’ built-in spelling and grammar checker. This would happen far less often, I think, if the program were less stupid. There are people relying on that program to tell them when they’re misspelled a word or when they’ve used a word incorrectly. There are probably authors relying on that program or one much like it to edit/proofread their stories for them, thinking a computer program is more reliable than a human, since humans can make mistakes. (Please, no ‘But you’re a cyborg, not a human!’ jokes from the audience. I have no idea where JR got the idea I’m a cyborg — I told him tracking implants don’t count… and also, that’s a joke, friends — but even if I were, it would have nothing to do with my uncanny skills with the written word. 🙂 )

Speaking of WordPress and its idiot spell checker… It wants me to change him to hymn, as in, “I told hymn tracking implants don’t count…” Except where I  just typed this complaint, it wants hymn changed to him. Now my brain hurts even more. I’m gonna go edit sci-fi and pretend I didn’t see that.




About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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5 Responses to Updates: the ‘my brain hurts — give me coffee!’ edition

  1. curioushart says:

    I know what you mean about WordPress spell checker. I get red-lined all the time because I quote nineteenth century writers–especially poets–that wrote great and glorious thoughts using words like “listning.” (See, even as I write this, I’m getting the red squiggly line.) Well, I say squiggle away, Spell Checker; my father taught me that intimidation is a four-letter word.

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  2. nicholeqw1023 says:

    Microsoft Word thought I meant weekly when I really meant weakly, which is what I typed in the first place. 😉

    Liked by 3 people

    • Word isn’t perfect, but it still has one of the best grammar checkers available. English is hard enough for HUMANS to master, and our programming capabilities aren’t yet up to teaching a computer how those nuances work.

      Sometimes these grammar/spelling checkers just default to whatever they think is the most likely word based on what’s most common. Thus, WordPress’ spell checker thinks “comma” ought to be “coma.”

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  3. J.R. Handley says:

    But I really LIKE cyborgs!!

    Liked by 1 person

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