Friday, March 9, 2012

It's Friday and I Broke my Eyes

Friday! You know what that means: Dance Time!

Yeah, I'm over at The Debutante Ball. Today I'm pondering cabins, lust, and Sheldon Cooper. Make of that what you will. *waggles eyebrows*

I was going to write a post here today. You know, a real one. But then I ... didn't.

Sorry. My brain was fried from finishing corrections on my first pass pages. Or, as I like to call them, my Last Chance Pages.

So, IN A FIX looks like a real book now!!! All typeset and pretty, and with this page, which kind of makes my heart go pitty-pat:



Can you read that? (Sorry--it's kind of blurry. Apparently I suck at taking screen shots.)

It's the copyright page. For some reason, that makes the whole shebang--me! writing a book! getting it published!--seem more real than it has yet. 

But after that moment of cool-ocity wore off, I had to read through the whole manuscript again, very (oh-so-very!) carefully, using my nit-comb eyes, because this was my last chance to change anything.

And you know what? Even after as many times as I've gone over this sucker before, and my editor has gone over it, and the copyeditor has gone over it ... I still found a few things. Not big things, and not many, but definite things.

I strongly suspect there are still things there, things that won't be found until it's on the shelves at bookstores. Because things are sneaky like that, and I suspect they breed when you're not looking.

But, anyhoo, at least it's a tiny bit cleaner than it was before I ruined my eyes perused it closely one last time. I guess that will have to do. :)

(Well, would you looky there--seems I wrote a post after all. Huh. Imagine that.)

What's the last thing you broke your eyes over?

16 comments:

Delia said...

That. Is. So. Cool! I'm envious in all the best ways.

Summer Frey said...

Yay!!! I can't wait to read it! :)

Karla Nellenbach said...

yay! so exciting for you. can't hardly wait to read it :)

Patty Blount said...

*high fives* Woo hoo, you!

I am adding to my list of must-reads!

Tracy Jo said...

That is awesome! I bet it is so hard to go over and over and over it. Congrats on being done! Have a great weekend!

abby mumford said...

that is totally worth breaking your eyes over!!!!!

Kimberly Sabatini said...

So exciting!!!! I know...I think perfect doesn't exist. Partly because our brains do that little trick where they fill in the right info because it makes sense, so we don't always see the mistake. And because we keep growing as writers and our standards keep changing. *hands you bag to breath into* Don't worry, I've got my own LOL!

Kristina L. Martin said...

I am so glad you are at the "breaking eyeballs" stage - getting closer to having it in my hands and reading it!!!

Thank you for being so wonderful. :)

Diane Henders said...

Congratulations - I can hardly wait to read your book!

There's always something you'd like to change. And there's always one stupid little typo that slips by you, your beta readers, your editors, and everybody else. After a while, you just have to say it's good enough, and go on to writing the next one. :-)

Teri Anne Stanley said...

That's got to be the most crazy-making thing in the world...proofreading for the last time. Maybe that's the mental block that's keeping me from finishing something...I won't ever have to proofread my work one last time...

Last time I broke my eyes was about ten minutes ago while I was trying to find Back Boob images for my own blog post. Shudder.

Judy,Judy,Judy. said...

Go Linda Go Linda. If you have to break your eyes over something...

Bess said...

So exciting Linda! I can't wait to read it:)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

How can you stand it??? Getting closer and closer and closer now. Definitely worth straining the eyeballs over. The last thing I strained mine over was probably something stupid like trying to find a tiny little pill in the carpet before our cats found it. (Not nearly as much fun!)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

My eyes are okay, but I think my brain went off-line last night while I was working on editorial revisions. I nearly had an emotional breakdown over a single sentence.

Wisely, I decided it was time to watch a little TV and go to bed early.

Carol Kilgore said...

I totally agree that things breed when we're not looking.

Happy Weekend!

Sarah Pearson said...

Woot! Look at that, it has an ISBN number and everything. Way to go girl :-)