Forgive the blatant grab for attention. No sex toys were harmed in the making of this post. Sadly it’s all about typos. And spell checkers.
I’m so anal about spelling I was sure Vokhtah couldn’t possibly contain any typos. Wrong. I found ‘gawdy’ and ‘tpwards’ over the weekend, and I know how they crept in – during my final polish, that’s how. 😦
We’ve all done it. You correct one thing, for example an awkward sentence structure, and move on, convinced that what is on the page matches what is in your head. Except that your eyes can play tricks on you, especially when you’ve read and re-read the same words about a million times.
So I found typos, which was not happy making. However the way in which I found them really did make me laugh. You see I had to go into Amazon KDP to fix up the categories for Vokhtah. Whilst I was there, I saw a message from the Amazon spell checker[?] saying it had found over FIFTY possible typos!
50? How on earth was that possible?
What followed was a wee bit of a panic… until I actually looked at the list. And there they were, all the words from my Vokhtan dictionary! And no, that should not be spelled Vokhtahn.
Naturally I went through the whole list, just for fun, and that was when I discovered two genuine typos. I suspect there will be more, not obvious ones perhaps but a missing word is just as much a typo as a misspelled word. So at some point I am going to have to go through Vokhtah again to catch the little mongrels.
But not yet. I really can’t face it. I’m stalled on book 2, and before I do anything else, I will have to take my own advice and wrangle my Muse into submission. Or maybe grovel a lot and try to bribe it with chocolate.
Hmm… yes, that bribery idea ain’t half bad. I can always work on the waistline once the book is finished…