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As promised, here are the answers to the Proofreading Fun quiz.

Probably Valentin de Boulogne - Saint Paul Writing His Epistles - Google Art ProjectChallenge One: matching the characters to the names.
1D, 2E, 3A, 4F, 5B, 6G, 7H, 8C
Which is to say:
guillemet «
interrobang ‽
obelus ÷
pilcrow ¶
asterism ⁂
solidus /
hedera ❧
octothorpe #

Challenge Two: where would you hyphenate the following words?
min-ute (tick tick, not tiny)
strength (there’s the trick question I warned you about)

Writing the Declaration of Independence 1776 cph.3g09904
Congratulations to those who took part. No one has yet said anything opprobrious regarding the Oxford Comma, but I trust that those who harbour ill-will towards it will feel welcome here nonetheless.

Your Questions Answered

Or rather, since you have a terrible habit of not asking any, my questions answered. Last week I left you with a few questions regarding the commencement of my First Full Draft of the current WIP.

These included whether I could write 6,000 words in a day (by hand?), whether my story plan would work out (too soon to tell), and whether I would still be able to use my left hand (pretty much).

I took the precaution of fortifying my wrist with an elastic bandage, and in order to prevent my weak eye becoming a lazy eye (I’ve caught it slacking off a few times lately) I wrapped a strip of challis around my head, covering my good eye.


According to the Caped Gooseberry, this made me look like a superhero. (Ever notice how you don’t get plain heroes any more? It’s super or nothing. Go big or go home, I guess.)

Whether this helped prevent distraction (it was on the window side of my head) I do not know, but I did manage to write 3,721 words. A far cry from the 6,000 I was aiming for, but a solid start nonetheless.

As the challis did such a good job, I plan to use the idea again – although since the challis itself is already doing double-duty in my wardrobe (as a sash and a bandanna) I’ve supplied myself with some other fabric to make a similar garment (garment? accessory?) from.
It’s basically black, with a grey and gold scrolling holly leaf pattern on it. Very piratical.

A lovely one-eyed redhead (IMG_3402a)

Unfortunately, the DDJ has done what its mummy always told it and shared, so I now have Ye Olde Office Cold. Here’s hoping it doesn’t turn into zombieism bronchitis again.

I suspect 6,000 words will not be an option tomorrow, or even 3,721, but I’ll do what I can. I’ll do something.
Even a tiny step forward is better than standing still, blowing your brains out through your nose…