Monday, March 8, 2010

In Which My Typo Is Hilarious

So I finished reading Foxfire.

It was weird; the parts that I thought were very weak, weren't as bad as I originally had thought, which is aways a pleasant surprise. Either that or I have an underservedly high opinion of my writing... I guess time will tell. And my crit group.

The pacing in the beginning seemed much much quicker than I had intended. I don't know if that's bad or not yet. I do think I'll be throwing in some scenes from some of the minor character's POVs (the ones that already have scenes and that I want to build up some more) so I'm sure that will help slow the pace.

I also came to the realization that it has a Part One and a Part Two.

I kind of hate that.

Mostly because I'm not a big fan of "parts" when I read books, but mine clearly has two. I think if I do decide to make them separate with a part distinction, it will help the pacing a bit in the beginning. I don't know, we'll see how it goes.

Also when I had finished writing it, I really thought the ending sucked big time. I thought it was much too passive and had too much of a touch of Deus Ex Machina (Tee Hee! I need to get a pet and name it that, just so I have a reason to say it out loud all the time. A ratty maybe...)
But when I reread the ending, I found it much more tense and action packed than I remembered. It still needs work (the Deus Ex Machina needs to go, or at least be trimmed so it's not as unbelievable) but I was much more pleased with it than I thought I would be.

The typos were horrendous. This is the only piece that I've ever written that I pretty much forbid myself to fiddle with as I went along. Normally I'm a "read the previous scene before I start the next part" type of gal. But not for this one.

Hence, the typos.

The best typo I found, and this may be the best typo I've ever made in all my years of sloppy typing, is the following:

What I meant to write:

She had striking long black hair

What I wrote (or what spell check cleaned up for me):

She had stinking long back hair.

Take it all in. Every word.

When I came across that (and Twin had highlighted it with a pen because she had obvs also found it hilarious) I laughed so long that I actually glossed over a few pages of reading because I kept thinking about the typo and kept laughing.

Ah good times.

Anyone else have a good typo they'd like to share?

PS: as of the writing of this post I'm at 92 followers (CRAZY!) once I hit 100 there will be a writing contest held with prompts and prizes!

Future Excitement!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I can't think of a specific typo, but I know spellcheck made some interesting corrections in my story the first time around.

And you're at 94 followers now.

Joan Crawford said...

Deus Ex Machina (Tee Hee! I need to get a pet and name it that, just so I have a reason to say it out loud all the time. A ratty maybe...)

Yes! Yelling it at a dog park while running around frantically trying to find him. "Deus Ex Machina - where are yooooouuuu?!"

Hahaha! I love the typo :D and the cartoon!

Aubrie said...

Stinking! That is funny! My worst typo was UPS instead of UPA:

United Postal Service instead of
United Planets in Action.

Imagine: The UPS trucks in space?

Anne said...

there's a really cute dumbo girl rattie at one of the shelters named Satin. But we need another pet like we need cancer

WVW- stwing

Falen said...

Alex - i've just realized that i should keep a list of all the crazy typos that happen to me. That could provide some entertainment years down the road

Joan - So so true. Also i think it would be good for a cat, because you can name a cat anything, such as pancake butter, and they can totes pull it off

Aubrie - if UPS is delivering in space, well that's one hell of a monopoly

Anne - yeah i don't even know where i would begin to keep a ratty cage. But i do love dumbo rats. *Gasp* I just realized i had a dream last night where i had pet rats and one was a dumbo. Vierd

G.~ said...

No funny typos here. I guess that means I need to write more. ;)

Can't wait for the writing contest. Won't be long.

Tina Lynn said...

That's awesome! I don't know that I have any like that, but it's been awhile since I've done a read-through.

Piedmont Writer said...

Your typo had me laughing for hours. I'm still laughing. I'm glad you made such progress in your thinking about your work. That's great when you realize what you wrote isn't as bad as what you thought. Good for you.

I've got a question -- would you mind if I sent Yvie a letter with some fun words for her to share on Friday. I've been collecting some and I don't know what to do with them but I thought Yvie might enjoy them.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Palindrome said...

Why do you have to insult me on the interwebs? So I have long stinking back hair! Get over it!!

LOL, that is a great typo! Remember that one UMWADS where Teebore had a typo that was HIlarious? I can't remember what the typo was but I just remember the hilarity that ensued.

Falen said...

G - that just means you're an awesome typist. Me, i'm fast but horribly inaccurate. Hence, a lot of typos

Tina Lynn - it's quite possibly the best typo i've ever created

Piedmont - yeah i still laugh when i think about it. And feel free to send the words over. I keep a running list and just go through it each week to find good words for her. I can't promise she'll use all of them, but i'm sure she'll give them a try

Palindrome - yeah i wish i could remember it too. I think it had something to do with boobs or sex or something. We gotta start keeping track

Jen said...

I found your blog over See Heather Writes for winning the 100 follower contest! Glad I did too! I love meeting other bloggers like myself!!

You're almost to 100 and I'm glad I could join the team of followers!

Southpaw said...

Boy, that really changes the perspective of your character, huh?

Kay said...

"Stinking black hair"? I think the description is pregnant with meaning. You didn't say which character is was attached to.

Dominique said...


I'm sort of happy you said Deus Ex Machina, because not enough people use that term, and sometimes it's just apt.

I'm glad some of the writing was better than you expected. That's always nice.

Lizard said...

Love it!! Can't wait to hear how the crit group goes. Btw my last comment didn't show up I think blogspot is discriminating against me hmphh.

Janel said...

I am way to anal to let any weird typos go through. I have to correct as I go or it drives me nuts.

Loved your typo. That has conjured up all kinds of weird images in my mind :)

Falen said...

Jen - thanks for coming over!

Southpaw - it does. it does indeed

Kay - a seventeen year old girl. Fun times!

Dominique - i think it should be said over and over again. It feels so great in the mouth

Lizard - yeah it does that occasionally, i don't know why. I love it when you stop by!

Janel - yeah usually i would catch them, but not this time. Which i supposed worked well because it provided much entertainment

Stephanie Cheryl said...

That is too funny!

I haven't had any good ones. Yet.

But oh, boy. I can't wait until I do, so I can finally share.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

She gave him a seductive glance turned out as, She gave him a seductive gland.

Which gland IS the most seductive? Probably salivary.

Lola Sharp said...

Hmmm, a shower and a wax job and she's back in business!

Good times.

I have them all the time...ask Anne, mine auto corrects in google comments too. Since I have a propensity for using flavorful slang, and it really changes the whole context on me sometimes. It's embarrassing.

Falen said...

Stephanie - just type really fast without paying attention. Spell check should help you out with some hilarity

Barbara - ewwwww. But yeah, Salivary, or maybe, maaayyybe adrenal...

Lola - it's only embarrasing if someone else reads them... (*shifts eyes nervously*)

Teebore said...

I think it had something to do with boobs or sex or something. We gotta start keeping track

It was, though I can't remember it either, and we do.

AchingHope said...

Ahahahahaha... That is hilarious.

And yay! for you having fewere mistakes than you thought you did. That is always a happy feeling.

Falen said...

Aching - it is indeed a good feeling. But the typos were so so terrible...

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