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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by Guard Dog View Post
    Terry... Don't worry too much about the 'Plumb'... 'cause the fellow could'a used a plumber, ta help with that nasty drip he had goin' on.

    I have always struggled with spelling (although this time it was more a miss-type than misspell). In my very first rejection letter, many moons ago, an editor told me that J.F.K. and Hemingway were both terrible spellers, but that it is still "off-putting" to editors. I've tried very hard ever since to improve. Spell-check has been a blessing for me because I've had to correct the same words so many times that my spelling has actually improved.
    “Fools” said I, “You do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you”
    But my words like silent raindrops fell
    And echoed in the wells of silence : Simon & Garfunkel

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    Spell check has actually made my spelling worse.

    I tend to get lazy and look for those red bars, rather than concentrate on doing the job right the first time.

    ...then there's those instances where ya spell the word right, but it's the wrong word, and you don't catch it 'cause... there's no red bar.

    ( Like plum/plumb. We won't discuss how many times I do that. )

    Leave it be and it won't bother you.
    Screw with it, and it'll eat you alive.

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  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by bdcharles View Post
    Here's one from me that I am currently shopping:

    It's a 2,480 word short. Any help I can get with it would be, frankly, a lifesaver
    Here's my thoughts, hope they make sense. (I'm not sure how this forum works re critting, ie because your excerpt was in a quote box, is that to protect first rights? I wasn't sure, so didn't copy it into this reply.)

    First off I adore the name Hexatina etc. The first sentence has me asking questions, so I'm going to keep on reading to get me some answers. Exactly what an opening should do.

    I'd consider cutting the second alternative name in the very next sentence (it's a lot to get my head around so quickly - Hexatina (etc), Sunflower, Tina -- could Tina come in later?)

    Can't put my finger on why, but I love the 'aged approximately nine' line. I think it's the voice.

    I stumbled with the 'friendship requests' simile. It jerked me out of the dreamy, yet-to-be-solidified world I had Hexatina sitting in and it made me stop and wonder about what sort of world this actually is.

    Love the description of the fish and the growing mystery surrounding Hexatina.

    Ooh that last line. My first reaction was 'eek' -- like a vampirish hunger? But on a reread I realised it could be entirely innocent. So once again, I'm going to keep on reading.

    Good luck with your shopping.

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