Thankfully, it is not too bad. She has found spelling errors and typos. And she has made suggestions for re-phrasing, most of which make total sense. And she has pointed out inconsistencies, which require a lot more thinking about but need to be resolved. As it is a memoir of our time in Zambia I know exactly where I was and when, but I don't always write it down as clearly as it is in my mind!
So I bravely set to. One thing she noted was that I sometimes wrote 'ok', sometimes 'okay', and sometimes 'OK'. Apparently I should always do the latter.
'No problem!' I thought. 'Find and Replace!' Word has its merits.
Do you know how many words there are in my book with 'ok' in? Here they are:
- look, looks, looking (I do an awful lot of this)
- book (I read them)
- cook, cooker (half a chapter on the need for a cooker)
- guidebook, handbook (we travelled around)
- joke, jokes, joking (we laugh)
- woken, woke (I had two children under the age of 3...)
- broke, broken (I had two children under the age of 3...)
- brook (only one)
- took (travel with things)
- coke (diet or otherwise)
- smoke, smoky (unrelated to the coke above)
- shook (fear: have you got close to a crocodile?)
- hook, hooks, Hook (Bridge)
- bespoke (we needed furniture)
I might have been quicker reading the whole book again, particularly as I still have to go through it for all the other edits.
Still, I have gone through five chapters in detail ... only 34 to go. (Hasten to add: They are short chapters - this is not some epic tome that will exhaust you by looking at it!)
It loOKs as if my boOk will be OK - oh, darn that Find and Replace tool!