I’ve mentioned this before.
Yesterday, someone commented (anonymously—come on!) that I spelled June Cleaver’s name wrong. Yeah, I did. Because I suck at spelling.
Fellow nitpickers, I’m sorry for letting you down in this, but I can’t be a spelling critic. Stories, continuity, appropriateness, yes. But I’m a bad speller. I admit it. My blog is part of who I am, so I left the misspelling up.
Spell check, although a wondrous help for me, can’t point out the names I’ve spelled incorrectly but not “wrong,” and it doesn’t always catch when I use “do” instead of “due.” This is where proofreading is invaluable, but as repeated readings of my WIP have shown, I still miss a lot of them—usually the same ones, too.
There are going to be more, I’m sure. I'm embarrassed when people point them out, but don't let that stop you (really, my feelings are my problems; I'm not pushing responsibility for them onto anyone else). I wouldn't be a good writer (or honest nitpicker) if I didn't allow for my own work to be criticized. So go ahead and tell me when I'm wrong! But I would appreciate it if it wasn't done anonymously. I'm not going to get into a big fight with you and insist you're looking at the wrong edition of my work.
Good night and good luck.