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The perils of preparing web-downloads

I am attempting, for the third time in my life, to have slightly more useful information and stuff available on my very under-utilized web-space.

Some of this involves putting up first chapters of various published novels on-line for download or .html perusal. But...the only file formats I have for these chapters are the ones they were submitted in. So I'm opening up what was a working file, and I'm reading it and trying to make sure that it more or less matches the later line-edited, copy-edited published version.

And because I'm doing this, I'm looking at sentences that I wrote fifteen years ago...and I'm trying, desperately, not to revise those sentences now. Or some of the paragraphs. Normally, when looking at a book, I don't have this impulse (I may, on the other hand, have the usual despairing but I could do this so much better now ones, but those are natural, I think, for anyone who is looking at work that is fifteen years old). But since I'm looking at a file...

An intervention may be required.

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msss
May. 11th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
The task is to compare with the published version and change the file to match it, right? Y'know, you could probably find some adoring fans who would take snippets of your current work as payment. In fact, if you didn't need it done yesterday, I'd volunteer myself. It'd also be pretty interesting to compare the two versions.