Who is on the plum tree?
I always look forward to Shawn MacKenzie‘s brilliant posts. And here is another. Drink this in! Suck it up with a straw and savour the wit and intelligence and pure quality of her writing. I am so glad she is my editor and the editor for Plum Tree Books. This is the standard to which we aspire.
The Round and the Furry – When Good Letters Go Bad.
“My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles,
and the letters get in the wrong places.”
A fragile day, today – last week still weighs heavily – and I was tempted to throw the corner open to you readers in a sort of Q & A: you ask me your most pressing editing questions and I provide pithy bon mots in return. However, the writer in me seems to have a hard time settling for such a terse exposition.
So, a story.
When I was a kid, I was a notoriously bad speller. Oh, I could memorize word lists for tests, but back when I was nine, the rules and vagaries of English spelling seemed as nonsensical as a Hatter’s high tea. As much as I loved roaming through dictionaries, etymology was an undiscovered country to…
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