What Does A Copy Edit Pass Looks Like? Gail's Internal Dialogue

Copy edits (AKA CE) always seem to take longer than I think they should. So I decided, yesterday afternoon to keep track, for a few hours, of why that might be the case. This isn't an exact record of every fix I made during that time, but more a glimpse into what my brain looks like as it contemplates the greater sins that distract me more than they should.

via heaveninawildflower-tumblr
'The Letter' ( Daguerreotype - circa 1850)
by Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes.

So, Gentle Reader, I offer unto you this insight into the mind of a copy editing writer ~ or at least this particular copy editing writer...

Self Portrait Lady Clementina Hawarden 1864
via British Paintings tumblr

So on a purely emotional level the following is what copy edits look like each day, every day, over and over again. So if I'm not online all that much right now, it's because I am constantly going through cycles of...

Annoyance, distraction, righteousness, ambition, exploration, victory, self loathing, disgruntlement, acceptance, amusement, aggravation, forgetfulness, concern, stupidity, pride, silliness, indecision, impatience, affection, TEA, pleasure, exasperation, clarification, shame, self congratulation, repetition, irritation, self gratification, crisis, trauma, delight, philosophical reflection, confusion, sadness, frustration, amusement, self congratulation, guilt, success, dithering, distress, wonder, resignation, shock, duty, uselessness, contemplation, complacency.

Which explains why I'm so exhausted each night. 

So how's your day looking?

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for September? Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1895-1900  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
via twitter Dan Fiegert (@DFiegert)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
3 ways to combine tea with a meal

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
The Psychological Reason You Can’t Spot Your Own Typos

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Working copy edits.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished first draft. Out with Beta readers. Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
T. W. Barton says of Soulless: “Any description I give will in the end not do it or the author's writing the justice it deserves. I just cannot say enough about this book. Gail's writing is so masterful especially given the time period she uses for the characters.”

Quote of the Day:
via The Passive Voice

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