It’s the Right Word – #1LinerWeds

Prior to the release of the third book in the Dreamer’s Alliance series, I’ve been reformatting the previous two books so that all three books have a consistent format. These changes aren’t significant, so people who have already read “Knuckleheads” and / or “The Evil You Choose” aren’t at a disadvantage.

Of course, as I go through the previous books, my eyes are still drawn to the things Microsoft Word says are wrong. In almost every case, these are issues Word had previously flagged and I had previously told it to ignore. Microsoft doesn’t take ‘No’ for an answer.

One of the problems with “Knuckleheads” is that it’s set in the sixties. We didn’t have ‘emergency responders,’ we had firemen. We didn’t have ‘servers,’ we had waitresses and waiters. One of the conflicts I have with Word is one where people my daughter’s age would probably agree with Microsoft.

“Word refuses to accept that there was a singular earphone packaged with transistor radios in the sixties”

In my defense, I present Exhibit-A

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, or if you would like to join in on the fun, you can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.

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  1. Dan, love the sunsets, and the leaf shadows are right on. I also ignored Word’s things they said were wrong too. My editor agreed! That was good enough for me. Good luck with your third book. And Happy Thanksgiving .🍁 🎶🦃 Christine

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  2. “In my defense”… I’m always dealing with Word’s corrections and often give in, only to later have the corrected form returned to my first choice. It’s confusing, time-consuming, and so frustrating. But, honestly, I’ve learned a lot through the process. Have a wonderful, edit-free, Thanksgiving, Dan. 🦃

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  3. Love the photo of the “copper city”. I see the elephant and the swordfish in those leaves too! I’m not surprised the geese are so confused what with the crazy temperature ups and downs we’ve had. Poor things must have a headache trying to figure the weather out.

    Old Glory looking mighty proud…and rightly so. I like the sunbeam peeking through the trees and down to the ground.

    Wishing you and the Editor and Faith, and of course the tuxedos, a pleasant and relaxing Thanksgiving. Enjoy all the good food as well as the long walk you will need to take afterwards!
    Ginger

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    • Thanks Ginger. I got to the park at just the right time on a perfect day.

      The geese were honking and cackling at each other. I was remembering driving on those family vacations before the Interstate highways were built. There has to be one goose in that flock that’s saying, “I am never flying anywhere with these guys again!”

      I hope you have a wonderful day, tomorrow and can avoid any and all retail madness the rest of the weekend.

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  4. Word is a poopy head. See what it thinks of that! Of course there was a singular earphone with a transistor radio. The radio was in a brown leather case and on the handle there was a little leather pocket with a snap in which you put your precious earphone. No room for more than one earphone in that pocket.

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  5. One transistor radio I had even had a little cubby for me to snap the earphone in place when not in use. And kids nowadays think they’re so cool with those weird looking white things in their ears. Pffft! We were way cool back then.

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  6. I am with you I remember the single headphone set that came with a transistor radio
    The photos are beautiful, wonderful sunsets and the leaf shadows are a definite dancing Micky Mouse and aa dancing bird with a long thin beak!
    💜💜

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    • Thank you so much, Carol. I hope you enjoy the next book.

      I almost expanded on the notion about how features like spell/grammar check are based on “dictionaries” and those are built by people who entered the workforce long after some of these words and phrases were common. They don’t seem to do the research to see that they might not be common, but they might still be relevant.

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  7. I loved my transistor radio. My dad was the only one with the earphone so I put my radio under my pillow at night to muffle the sound – it also muffled the reception! Your photos are such a reminder of how much we have to be thankful for. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Dan.

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  8. I used to keep my old transistor radio in a box of emergency supplies but, come to think about it I don’t know where it is since the move? I wonder if I pitched it with all the expired supplies when we moved? I guess it’s time to go do an inventory on emergency supplies. 😂
    I ignore Word when it says a word I know is right is wrong too.

    The shadows of the leaves did look like an elephant and swordfish!
    The river is lovely in the morning.

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    • My transistor radio got lost in several moves before got to CT. Having a stock of emergency supplies is a great idea. Having them organized and easy to find is an excellent idea !

      I was able to visit the river at a good time. I’m glad you like the pictures. I hood you have a great holiday weekend.

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  9. I feel ya Dan. The primary difference as I see it is that when we were younger there was an inclusion of language, past and present. There is now an almost snobbish snub toward past histories which saddens me to a great extent. It’s one thing to dig one’s heels in and refuse to move forward. It is quite another for a society to try and cover the footprints of those of us who left them. Good luck with the mini trials of reformatting. Give em hell, dan.

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    • I swear, this is more work than writing, Cheryl. No one complained about the format, but I like the way the third book looks, and I hope to get the other two, in line with it. I don’t understand wanting to bury the past. I want to know as much as possible about the past. The research I did to get the details right about the sixties was fun.

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      • I used to be more enthralled with antiques and old homes, often wishing I’d lived in another time. I feel differently now although I value every step we as a human race have taken for they have brought us forward. I firmly believe the adage, “Those who do not learn from the past are destined to repeat it.”

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  10. Just finished the second book . Didn’t notice the items that you mentioned . Who remembers the 60s anyway ! Hey , the kids in the first book weren’t on cell phones , so it’s all good .

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    • Thanks Dan. I hope you enjoyed the book. The kids in the first book we on rotary dial phones ;-)

      It’s funny, the next two books are set in 2014. I had planned then to be in 2016 when I first wrote the outline (in 2010), but for some reason, FBI corruption, possibly corrupt female senators, didn’t seem to be a place to go in that year.

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  11. Exhibit A was a big part of my growing up. If anyone doubts their existence, I will testify to the opposite. It is ironic that something called “Word” has so many issues with…words. Finished book #1 and enjoyed it a lot, Dan. Looking forward to starting #2 next week.

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  12. So, just because we don’t have it today does that mean we’re supposed to deny that we had it in the past? Doesn’t that sound like rewriting history? Revisionist? And we know what happens when we do that! I love the shadow creatures from your leaves. I may have to do something with that…

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    • The suggestions for “inclusive” word choices drive me crazy. I know we don’t use those words today, but we did in the 60s. I’d rather show that we’ve made progress, that we’ve grown. What’s the point of pretending. And God forbid someone might have to look a word up! You are always welcome to the photos.

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  13. Every day I argue with my computer about words. I grudgingly admit that sometimes the computer is right, but it NEVER admits when I am right!! I also have to admit that that thing in your photo is too modern for me. Those of us who write about the past will fight our good fight. We were there; the stupid computer wasn’t!

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