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Lesson 1 Napkin Dad

Is this perfect to finish off our week or what?

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  • http://deadfrogontheproch.com Jan Markley

    Hilarious and true!

  • http://www.anemulligan.com Ane Mulligan

    Okay, now I’m in trouble. I’m laughing so hard, I woke the hubs. Now I won’t be able to sleep. That’s a hoot, Rachelle!! Thanks. :)

  • Sherry

    To easy to do. Read what is suppose to be there not what is.

  • http://careann.wordpress.com Carol J. Garvin

    Love it! I wonder how many people will wonder what’s so funny about the cartoon. ::giggle:: It’s amazing how the eyes skip over the space while the brain automatically reads the missing word.

  • http://pciyrtpy.blogspot.com/ rel

    Rachelle,
    How true! I can read a piece over 2 or 3 times and then, when proofing the published blog, find if not a word then at least a few letters left out.
    rel

  • http://byline.peterdehaan.name/2011/04/09/proofing.aspx Peter DeHaan

    I often make this mistake. Sometimes when people tell me I left out a word, I still can’t find it.

    One technique (which I’ve yet to master, let alone understand) is to read backwards. I know people who do this!

    (Click on my name above to link to my blog post about proof reading your work.)

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    I’ve done the opposite and repeated a word, that must be writing tourettes. Not so funny in a query though :/

  • http://www.rosemarygemmell.com Rosemary Gemmell

    Love it – would make a great picture for above the desk!

  • http://www.patlayton.net Pat Layton

    I am embarrassed to say—loose vs lose—
    Check out my last blog post :)
    Spell check didn’t catch it and neither did I :(
    poo…
    or is it pooh???

  • http://reflectionsbykrista.blogspot.com Krista Phillips

    Very funny! And so VERY true!

  • Loree Huebner

    Yep…true to life!

  • http://barbaraannwatson.blogspot.com Barbara Watson

    Awesome! My problem proofreading is that I see what I EXPECT to be there because I know what SHOULD be there.

  • Angie Dicken

    As I am up to my elbows in edits, this is just perfect! :) Have a great weekend.

  • Jeanne

    What a great cartoon! I’m guilty of that too. Worse, when I go extemporaneous when speaking and share the wrong words, conveying an inaccurate message. Just as bad when I skip a word in writing.

    I’ve enjoyed the posts this week!

  • http://www.ruthmadison.com Ruth Madison

    Hahaha, that’s great. Reminds me of the time I was re-reading my manuscript and discovered that I had written that someone walked out the window instead of the door.

    Considering that I was visualizing it as I was reading along, it was quite startling. Almost like Sophie’s World, all of a sudden, we’re in a whole different kind of universe!

  • http://alwayscoffee.wordpress.com Ali

    LOVE this. Thanks for the smile! :-)

  • http://www.napkindad.com The Napkin Dad

    Hi Rachelle, Thanks for posting my napkin, I appreciate it! I am glad it made so many people smile and laugh.

  • http://nancysthompson.blogspot.com/ Nancy S. Thompson

    I’ve found the best way to proofread a manuscript is in PDF format (versus a Word doc) & outloud. And not just mumbling either. Loud like you’re reading the story to a room of first-graders. I find errors much easier & just take notes as I go along. Kind of tedious but much more thorough. It is funny, though, how our minds just naturally fill in the blanks.

  • http://seekingzeal.wordpress.com Juliana

    So true!

  • http://www.Amishstorys.com Richard

    The writing is the easy part, its the re-checking that i hate to do. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa

  • http://www.wizardofotin.blogspot.com otin

    I could proofread the same paragraph a hundred times and never be happy with it. I just reach a point where I am a little less dissatisfied than I was previously. LOL

    I am my own worst critic.

  • http://thelastdraftwritersgroup.blogspot.com/ Beth MacKinney

    In college I hand-lettered signs for senior music recitals to make a few extra bucks. I can’t tell you how many times I stood up and asked my roommate to take a look at the finished product only to have her say something like, “Isn’t there a ‘u’ in Thursday?”

    AAUUUUUGGGGHHHHH!

  • http://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/ Pen and Ink

    I want to print this cartoon out and tape it to my Monitor.
    Thanks Rachel and Napkin Dad.

    Pen and Ink has a guest blogger today as part of as part of Vermont College of Fine Arts Blog Initiative.

    Today’s guest blogger is Sherry Shahan who talks about writing in the negative space. (Now I want to read her book.) Come visit. http://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com

  • http://kangaroosofthescrubbybush.com Cheryl

    Hi, came by after a recommendation from Mike Koch, Protect the Risen and will follow for more fun and what look like very useful posts. Cheers

  • Michael Seese

    What’s wrong it?

  • http://www.pammeyerswrites.com Pamela Meyers

    LOL, that is so true. I’m going through a recently contracted manuscript for last minute tweaks and have found a lot of words my brain so rudely inserted on my last read-through. I’m now having my Kindle read it back to me. The ear picks up what it doesn’t hear. Fool me once eyes, shame on you. Twice, the ears take over. LOL

  • Michael Seese

    What wrong it?

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