Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Dangling Life

Hid when I meant hide. One segment of the sentence in present tense, the rest in past tense. Argh! I need an editor!!!

No matter how many times I re-read my blogs before posting, I still find in the end that I've missed something. Dangling participles, dangling sentences, major butchering of the English language. Well, I try. I always think I'll get better, but still I find the danglers.

I've decided that my writing is a bit like my life. No matter how hard I try, there is always a dangler I missed. Something I should have done. Something I did that I shouldn't. Something I should have said, and, most definitely, those things that would have been better left unsaid.

Word have a funny way of manipulating us. What comes out of my mouth well-formed often is misinterpreted. What is meant in jest is taken the wrong way. In our English language, we have many words with multiple meanings. The hearer may not understand the term the speaker is using. Ack and alas! I need an editor.

I've come to the conclusion that if I make a mistake in my blog, it will be a challenge to my readers to interpret or correct the error. It's sort of like a test. That way, I won't look so stupid, and you will look brilliant.

I'm trying hard to do my own editing of my written word and my life. Oops, sometimes I slip up, but I'm still developing my story.

3 comments:

  1. Too true! Those of us who used to work in other publication venues had a second or even third pair of eyes to proofread and also to give advice. Bloggers are usually going it alone, so they deserve a bit of a break.

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  2. In 12-step programs, the goal is progress, not perfection. I figure the mistakes are what make our posts real, not copied from some book!

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  3. Well, Amma

    My posts are definitely real!

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