Revision Weekend

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look?  ~Lennon and McCartney

We have perfect revision weather here. Rain, sprinkles, drizzle for the past twenty four hours or so. The kids have been pretty understanding about the whole Mommy working on her book thing.

Kyra played with a beading set for a while. She’d remove a bead, set it on the table, and a moment later, the bead would roll off the table. Then I’d get up (not that I was looking for an excuse to procrastinate) and get the bead. At last I told her to set the beads in the lid, which has a little lip around it.

“Oh, Mommy,” she said. “You’re a genie-us!”

Acknowledged at last.

Andrew’s been a roller coaster tycoon. He finally lost the distinction for “most disappointing amusement park” and earned instead “most beautiful” park. He was crushed there for a while. We also have a deal going that involves room cleaning, but we haven’t made much progress on that.

I’m working in Vista and Word 2007, which adds an extra layer of excitement to the process. I admit to liking the gadget sidebar. I’m not wild about some of the things Windows insists on doing for me that I used to do on my own. Or renaming well-known functions. Add software? Now it’s “hidden” under “Programs and Features.”

Word 2007 has a completely different look. I’m still undecided about it. But there is one thing I like. The status bar now displays your word count, like so:

wordcount.jpg 

Obsession — It’s seldom pretty 

Which leads me to wonder: how many word-count obsessed people are there?  

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5 responses to “Revision Weekend

  1. The DH loaded Vista for about a week on his home system — since he IS a Windows guy at work… and HATED it. He’s back to XP.

    I admit to not liking the idea of the computer thinking for me. I hate, Hate, HATE autocorrect options… so I hope I never have to switch.

    Happy revisions. Kyra’s right, BTW. You are a genie-us.

    🙂

  2. I’m also avoiding Vista… for now.

    I am, however, word count obsessed. Especially when editing essays where I need to sweat 50 words out of 300. Every time I change anything, I recheck my word count.

    Makes Vista look kind of appealing.

    BTW, I agree with Marianne: Kyra is right.

  3. Jenn

    I check the word count on everything I write.. even letters.

  4. I was wary of Vista, but now I’m kind of meh. I love the new computer (speed, baby) and the wireless mouse and keyboard. I can now work with Kyra on my lap. And I dig the gadget sidebar, because I’m a dork that way.

    I work with so many different interfaces that I know I’ll get used to it in time.

  5. Jen

    (raises her hand on the wc addiction)

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