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on Jan. 12, 2012 :
B. Handy. I want to take this roundabout way of thanking you for your review of my admittedly silly story ‘Pinochle Anyone?’ When I saw the notice from Smashwords so soon after my reviews of your works, I assumed it was going to be what I refer to as a ‘retaliation review’ as I often get after a less than stellar review of another author’s work. Such authors seem to want retribution in kind. But yours wasn’t, I was happy to see. Everything you said was a simple fact. As I’m sure you know, self-editing is a losing proposition. An author knows what he or she meant to say and the mind simply refuses to notice errors. And speaking of ‘losing,’ loose and lose are a few of my many bug-a-boos. I need to create a red flag in my mind to check when I’m tempted to use either.
As to ‘letting them hatch,’ (meaning not picking up a hand until all cards were dealt.) It was a phrase I heard used often as a youngster while hanging around in my parents’ kitchen while they and their friends played cards. I didn’t realize that it must be a colloquial expression.
I took a second read of ‘Cherries’ after seeing the word marijuana in the tags. I didn’t remember seeing the word in the story. Sorry to say, I still don’t get it. Maybe it’s because I didn’t do drugs in my youth. (And I’m far too old to start now.) Your story does somewhat recall Carroll’s ‘Through the looking Glass.’ I’ve read that he was on drugs while writing it.
And getting back to editing—even working with professional editors as I have done with my published books—there is no guarantee of a clean MSS. After I received my print copy of my first novella from the publisher, I found errors, some of which were not mine, alas. No doubt you’ll find some in this missive in spite of my re-reading it several times.
I read your bio, so I wish you all the best and encourage you to keep plugging. Ernie
(review of free book)
on Jan. 11, 2012 :
Makes no sense what so ever.
(review of free book)