Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Unfazed

I've just had a story acceptance from Alfie Dog. Hurrah! The editor pointed out two errors. I like to know about these so I can try to avoid them in future. One was that I mixed up the character's names. I have no excuse as I know how prone I am to that and should have checked more thoroughly.

The other was that I'd used phased instead of fazed. A phase is a stage or increment. Faze is to disconcert or disturb. My blog title is misleading as actually I was a little fazed. Not that I'd made a typo. We all do. It was because although I knew the two different meanings, I hadn't realised they were actually two entirely different words with different spellings. How can I not have known that?

Can I blame it on phases of the moon, or claim it's just a phase I'm going through? Maybe I need to start phasing more time with the dictionary into my day?

Talking of Alfie Dog, there's still plenty of time to enter their short story competition and win £200 plus publication (and royalties) of your own collection.

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  1. Congratulations on your acceptance.

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  2. Congrats! Things like that I find very annoying, but at least it didn't put them off the story!

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    1. Luckily not in this case, Nick. Too many such errors wouldn't fill the editor with confidence though.

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  3. Hi Patsy .. congratulations on the story .. and then the two words - yes I'm not sure if I'd have got them right .. but perhaps I might now .. cheers Hilary

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  4. Congratulations! Hey, you learned something and bet you'll never mix those words up again.

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    1. Not these two, Alex but I still stroggle with effect/affect and practice/practise (that last isn't an issue over your way, I don't think?)

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  5. Congrats on the acceptance! And it is easy to mix up words like that, and the good thing is that you'll be hyperaware of them from now on.

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    1. Very easy, Cherie - especially if, like me, you hadn't realised there was a difference.

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  6. Well done on the acceptance Patsy, are you up to a hundred yet? I'll pop and have a look. Easy to mix those words up. I do it with draught and draft as well. Thanks for the reminder about the competition as well.

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    1. Not quite 100 yet, Suzy - I'll get there though I think.

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  7. Congrats, that's great, Patsy! On the story acceptance, not the typos...Well, heck, lets just celebrate those too. B/c only two is great, lol!

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    1. Celebrating typos is an excellent idea, Leandra - at least the spotted and corrected ones.

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  8. Great about the story and as you know, I'm the queen of name change (Hattie changed to Harriet then Hannah!)

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    1. I had a feeling it wasn't just me who did it, wendy.

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  9. Congrats! How exciting!

    My crux word was cinched. Yeah... Don't know what my problem was. Guess I need to stick my nose in the dictionary a little more often. =) Glad to know I'm not alone.

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    1. It's the ones which don't seem tricky which catch us out, Crystal.

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  10. I realised recently I mix up curb and kerb, so now I have to say Curb Your Enthusiasm to make sure I use the right word - usually I'm talking about the bit where a pavement and road meet.

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    1. I don't think I've mixed those two, Annalisa - but then I rarely curb anything!

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  11. Very few people pick up on the difference. I wonder why?

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    1. I suppose they're rarely both used in the same piece of writing, Misha.

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  12. I haven't looked at Alfie Dog for ages, but last time I did there were thousands of yours! Well, quite a lot, anyhow! I wish I was unfazed by the doleful fact that nobody bought the one story of mine they published!

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  13. Congrats on another story, Patsy. You must be getting very close to the hundred now. :-) My grandson's spelling homework this week involved homophones so I'll tell him about 'phase' and 'faze'.

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    1. He'll be thanking me for an extra one top learn then, Jan!

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  14. Congratulations. Now you've got me wondering whether I've been the right sort of ph/fazed in the past...

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    1. Please don't be fazed by the thought you might have muddled them, MJ.

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