Prison Pete

Friday, December 02, 2005
  Proof That I Need to Proof.
While my ability to touch type has improved, it is not perfect. In a bid to expedite the process of getting some letters out, I decided to type out a letter to my editor last Thursday evening without going through the process of doing the draft first. I made a carbon copy of the letter.

After putting the original in the mail, I took a few minutes to reread the letter. I was appalled at the number of typos. The letter was only three and a half pages long.

Some of the following errors are not typos as such but just the wrong word or tense.

"Part of it is I have not being feeling..." s.b. been
"Let me get to your latest later." s.b. letter
"will I am sure... s.b. While
THanks for returning...." s.b. Thanks
...actually has something to caring to say to me ... (drop the to)
..sending unwanted mail to his with and that... s.b. wife
"Good how AIDS really has put a damper on random sex." s.b. God
...there is not way do I want..." (drop the do)
...but so have to...." s.b. do
I have been feeling emotional adrift." s.b. emotionally

There are a few more plurals that are missing and an awkward phrase here and there.

Need to be more diligent in my typing and remember that just because one has a spell checker, the writing still needs to be proofed by a human being. Mind over bits...

Hopefully my mind does not go to bits.
If the scans are OCR'd into MS Word or something similar, it will pick up a lot of those.

Still reading you, Pete. I resolved to leave at least one a comment a week, but don't think I've been doing so well. So I know all about procrastination. I still think you are doing well to get as much stuff out as you do. Especially going through the painstaking process that you do with multiple drafts, typing, editing and such. Have you ever figured out how long it takes to produce one page of copy?

I use to work for attorneys back in the 80s and the staff wasn't happy when they had to give up their selectrics and start using computers, but what they did like was the spell check feature. Unfortunately, it made them a little less diligent about proof reading and you should have seen some of those errors.
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