fragment fetish

Ooooh, I’m excited! Mr. Fed Ex is delivering my galley tomorrow. Galley = my next book on 200 sheets of paper, laid out as it will look when it’s a real book a few months from now. I get 7-10 days to read through it, make any changes with a red pen (oh, shoot! i have no red pens! only purple!), and send it back for the final editing run-throughs. This part is almost more exciting to me than when the actual book comes out.

So, my editor e-mails me to tell me this, and he attaches a document he calls a “style sheet.” This lets the proofreaders know how they’ll be handling this particular book. For example, “capitalize pronouns of Deity.” Some people write “him” when referring to God. I like to write “Him.” The proofreaders’ job is to make sure everything is consistent. He wrote words like “mommyhood” and “not-yet moms” and stuff. Not really words, but I use them throughout the book, and this tells the p-readers that it’s okay. Basically, the writers don’t usually see this sheet, because it doesn’t matter to them, but my editor said he thought it might be “of interest” to me.

I click on the attachment, and the first thing I read is, “Allow extensive use of fragments.” HA! In other words, it is absolutely improper use of the English language to form sentences without both a subject and a verb. When I write, it’s 50/50. Half of my sentences are complete; half are fragments. I’m blessed to work with a publishing house that accepts my quirks and allows me extensive use of grammatical incorrectness. Bless them!

Gabe had a nice birthday. His mom came down and watched the girls so Gabe and I could go out to lunch and get Livi’s birthday presents. She came down early to go to church with us. Too bad Ava had a fever, and I had to stay home with her. Nina stayed home too, because she was still asleep when it was time to go. Right after I wrote my last blog, the madness began. I was up 15 times that night if I was up once. Nina crying, Ava wanting water, Nina crying, Ava needing medicine, Nina crying, Ava…Nina…Ava…Nina…

I was trying sooooo hard to stuff down the self-pity and feel blessed to have children to love. It was 3ish, and I was rubbing Nina’s back and decided to say (out loud) something like, “Thank you, God, for the blessing of my children.” I was so tired that I said something about a zebra. Tried again, and just mumbled incoherently. I gave up. Crawled back in bed, only to discover Gabe had taken my pillow. I couldn’t believe he thought it was okay to be joking at a time like this. Burst into tears and cried myself back to sleep (took 20 seconds probably). Found out the next morning that he thought it was morning, and I was up for the day and didn’t need my pillow any more. Hmmm…

So Gabe’s parents bought him a nice, nice, nice office chair for his birthday. Executive captain super web-designer man leather chair. I won’t be jealous. I won’t be jealous. I won’t be jealous. And I’m not really. And my desk is nicer.

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to paint words on my walls. Verses, quotes, sayings, words. After our little painting adventure last weekend, the desire only got stronger. I found 2 websites (here and here) where you can buy the words, and even though it’s pricey, it may be something I save up for. Mmmmmm… I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

I went grocery shopping this afternoon, and I could barely hack the holiday madness. I get such an icky feeling this time of year when I see people rushing all around and just…consuming. More on that later.

That’s all for now! Happy Tuesday!

15 thoughts on “fragment fetish

  1. Anonymous

    Writing on the wall… hmmm, sounds “Daniel-esk” to me.  LOL!

    I’ve been wanting to paint verses on Abigail’s wall in her ‘big girl room’ for a while now.  I’m pretty sure I want to paint the Aaron benediction over her closet so she’ll see it every morning.  (The Lord bless you and keep you…)  Not that she can read yet… but I’ll read it to her and she’ll have it down in no time.  Aaaannd I know that thanks to working on Cubies verses!  Ahh.

    I’ve also thought about figuring out a creative way to put up the love chapter (Cor. 13) in my living room.  Maybe as a speratic ‘chair rail height’ “love is…” around the room.  Oh, I’ve always loved the thought.  LOL!  All puns intended?

    I look forward to seeing your bathrooms!  VERY fun.  I must confess I’m thinking of stealing the idea of your upstairs bath for our bath for the girls.  I’m thinking Potter stories would be fun.  As in Peter Rabbit, not Harry Potter!  LOL!  Yeeeah, I’m sleepy.

    And on, and on, and on…  Hey, if it didn’t take up half your comment page… it just wouldn’t be from me!  Huh?!

    Oh well.

    Nap time.

    Happy editing!

    Glad Gabe had a happy one!  Tell him Neal and I wish him a happy belated!

  2. kkakwright

    the wall words are really fun.  my sister in law has several little sayings up on her walls.  looks great.  i think you should put quote from one of the really juicy chapters in ITAHTA on your living room walls.  why not?

  3. terriwright

    You’d need an opaque projector…schools have them. You COULD do it with an overhead projector(More schools have them, as well as many churches…), but you’d have to DO your calligraphy. I’ve been thinking about wall words for about a year. I think I will do it. I just have a distant memory of the beautiful stencil border I did on our bedroom walls, and then eventually had to paint over. Broke my heart.

    I hate that your babies are sick. It wears on everyone after a while. Hang in.

    ALL sentences have AT LEAST a subject and a verb: Dogs sit. BUT – – –  in creative writing, a lot of rules go out the window for flow, voice, just plain creativity.

  4. KmHunsberger

    Love the words on the wall idea. I wanted to do that too, but Jon wasn’t as fond of putting up letters on the wall…so I went for signs instead. I have one that says, “All becuase two people fell in love” and under it I have pics of the kids….LOVE it. I have another that says Love you to the moon and back…over our bed. One day I might just get those letters though. The fruits of the spirit on wood steps would be really neat.

    I am jealous of your galley. How fun! I want one of those one day!

    Hope Ava is better…poor girl has had a fever for how long!?!?! Looks like Livi is pretty resilient…and you too being sleep deprived and all and still not getting the bug. Impressive!!!

  5. ClutzyButtercup

    I love to proof read and it sounds like proofing your book would be fun!  I also think I might start writing again…if I can make up my own words and use fragmaents, it would be easy!  🙂

  6. Anonymous

    I’m an occasional reader…

    Just a note on the words on the walls.  You could rent or borrow a projector and project verses you want on the walls – then paint the projections.  I’ve heard of other people doing that.  Could be a lot cheaper if you can borrow the projector.

    Good luck!

  7. jessyomama

    I think if I wrote a book, it would be full of fragments, too. Now you’re going to make me notice whether or not I write using fragments. It’s okay… the Apostle Paul had extensive use of run-on sentences. And fragments.

  8. filledeparis

    Perhaps you can sit in Gabe’s chair while you read your galley? That’s the least he can do for snatcing your pillow. Very cool idea about the woerds on the wall. I just had to laugh because the first example I saw was “Cocktails, anyone?” Happy marking–beware of fragments! lol

  9. ergirl053

    I get all whiny and incoherent waking up over and over with one. I appreciate knowing that endurance and grace come right along with numbers 2 and 3- even if it means your pillow gets stolen 🙂
    Congrats on the book – how exciting! Happy reading!

  10. Nixter77

    Yah for your book, I am so excited. I have already told loads of people about it and they want one….

    Sorry your girls have been so unwell, poor little dears!

    We have some cool ideas on Christmas presents this year, I will share them on my blog soon. Love you mountains!

  11. rocknnell

    Fed Ex…..never looked so good…way to go…hard work paid off !  You have alot of self discipline..that is for sure…….. Your office chair is nicer than mine…”I won’t be jealous, I won’t be jealous..”  lol …. have a good reading and marking…atleast you are NOT GRADING PAPERS !

  12. little_ali

    My husband steals my pillow when I get out of bed, too! I’ve learned that when I get up in the middle of the night I have to say, “I’m going to the bathroom, I’ll be right back” or “I’m going downstairs and I’ll be back… stay where you are.” Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t 🙂 I have also tried switching pillows with him thinking if sleeps with mine to start with, he won’t want the one I am sleeping on when I get up. This didn’t work at all, though. He tells me it has nothing to do with the pillow itself and everything to do with the fact that it smells like me 🙂 I can’t argue with that!

    Congrats on your book! I took a children’s lit class this summer and the instructor brought in galleys for us to see. It’s cool you get your very own!!

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