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I have always hated page proofs. I am reading the Luna version of page proofs now -- and by this I mean the last thing I'll see before I get my hands on the actual book. This is the last chance I have to catch all the mistakes I made before the book goes into production.

I read carefully; I find the Author's Alteration pages to be harder, though. Most other page proofs I've proofread are essentially what the printed page will look like. The AAs, as they are affectionately called, are double spaced Courier, in 12pt, with line numbers down the left side.

I work in Courier, and so this looks like manuscript to me, and it's much harder for me to see the things I actually typed (as opposed to the ones I thought I did) in this format. I would almost pay money to see the actual page proof pages because I think I would catch a lot more than I obviously did.

On the other hand, I'm almost resigned to missing things. Because, of course, while rereading parts of Secret for background for a section of Chaos, the first thing I noticed in the published book was... a typo. V.V.

I also have GST return forms, but I have to get the AAs back as soon as possible (and honestly, I would rather read these than do the taxes).

So... I am sitting in front of my computer, making a post instead of continuing to work on them. This, sadly, is the fine art of procrastination. I also created a Twitter account. Because, yes, procrastinating. I updated my very under-updated web page. Someone elsewhere used the word "multi-crastination", and I find myself living up to it...


Apr. 8th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
http://twitter.com/kiraku_ann Is this you?

No -- I use msagara whenever it's available. It often isn't, in which case I will try mwest, mswest, msagarawest.

But in this case, it was :D. So I guess that would make me http://twitter.com/msagara.
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Aww crap, now I'm going to have to get twitter just to follow you XD <3 And here I thought I could get away with avoiding networking sites like they have the plague.

But it's you, Ms. West, so I'll make a happy exception <3
Apr. 8th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
It must be hard, especially with the courier font. Usually typos and other mistakes just don't jump out at one unless they're in a Times kind of font.
Now stalking your Twitter!

Er.. Following! Following your Twitter!
Apr. 8th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm following you now! I'm on twitter--I like it because it doesn't tempt me to spend a lot of time on a proper blog post. For me, it's also like being neighbours with people who in fact live very far away.
Apr. 8th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'm on twitter--I like it because it doesn't tempt me to spend a lot of time on a proper blog post. For me, it's also like being neighbours with people who in fact live very far away.

This will come as no surprise to you -- but I actually find the 140 characters challenging; I have to slow down and cut out words. I thought it would be a bit like Facebook's status updates (which are what I read), without all the extra apps (which make me crazy because I feel guilty about not responding, but I really really don't want the extra clutter). But I seem to need about 200 characters. Or 280.
Apr. 9th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
You can always write serial tweets. ;) Plenty of the really wordy folks do. I shave my tweets down to the 140 character limit when they're *close*, but the ones that are like double the limit I'd just break up.

Not completely unrelated to Twitter but.. I follow Felicia Day (of Joss Wheadon fame) on it and as a result have learned she *loves* your books. ;) You learn all sorts of stuff about all sorts of interesting people on Twitter.