Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Time For The Beach & Editing


I saw this posted on Facebook the other day.  It gave me a good chuckle until I realized just how many people need these explanations...including myself on some days.



I’ve been steadily making progress on editing my book.  I think I’ll be done with first round of edits this month.  I also reserved some time for the beach last week.  It was the perfect day to sunbath.  Not too hot or humid and a light breeze to keep us from roasting.  



Hurricane Arthur made the riptide too strong to enjoy the water, as several people found out.  They had to be rescued when the current pulled them too far out to swim back.  Because of the quick response of the police and EMS, they got back to shore safe and sound.  A big thanks to those who keep us safe at the beach and in our community.



We returned to the beach with the dogs after the storm passed.  Even caught a belated Fourth of July firework show while we were there. One of my pooches kept trying to dig up the crabs from their hidey-holes but the others were well behaved.  If the weather holds up, I may hit the beach before the rain settles in for the rest of the week. 

Did you ever witness a rescue?  Get to see any cool fireworks over the holiday weekend?   

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Is anyone else having problems with Blogger?  I can't seem to publish comments or posts without hitting the button a few times.

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  1. Glad you got some time at the beach! Usually the crazy people hit the beach before the hurricane to surf the waves. I imagine the storm brings out all sorts of critters afterward.

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    1. Me too, Alex. Rain is threatening us all week so it may be some time before I get back out there again. We saw some surfers right before the storm - crazy folks indeed!!

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  2. I'm glad Arthur was last week as I have a seminar in Wilmington this week.

    Congrats on the editing progress.

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    1. I'm glad you're not traveling through it, Diane. It wasn't too terrible but it was enough to disrupt life for a day. Have fun at your seminar!!

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  3. It's the inconsistency of the English language that annoys a dyslexic like me. Ok so I lean that peoples is the plural many many tribes or nations and people's means belonging to the people... got it ... plural no apostrophe, possessive with apostrophe... simples.... then... it's and its - are you kidding me!!! So you just change the bloody rule when it's (sic) inconvenient 'cos some folks are too lazy to type an extra letter and a space!!!

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    1. I went through this while editing my book. The it's its rule was so confusing until my CP explained it (he's awesome!) Here's what he told me:

      when something inanimate is possessive, you put “its.” Ignore that whole ‘apostrophe means you own it’ thing. When you’re talking about how something is being, you say “it’s.” As a helpful hint, just remember to say it out loud as “It is.” When you say “It is going to rain today,” that makes sense. But when you say “My brain has found it is beloved drug” it doesn’t make sense.

      Once he told me that, a lightbulb went off in my head.

      On a side note - I can't find your word press blog!! I lost the link….

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  4. haha most of those ones I never screw up any more, to and too once in a while. While and well I still do though at times. Sounds like a nice day and glad they got saved from the bay. Stupid blogger keeps giving me that dumb error 503.

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  5. I'm glad I'm not alone in my Blogger issues. Even better knowing the cat is suffering.

    I mess up on to and too too. Blah! I also struggle with into for some reason. "He walked in to the bar" instead of "He walked into the bar"

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    1. I've done the into one here and there. Oh well, either by walking in to or into a bar you'll fall on your ass either way. haha

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  6. yikes....riptides are dangerous business...glad they were saved....beach time is awesome...hopefully i will make it before the summer is out...i miss the beach and best wishes on getting your editting done as well...

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    1. I think people sometimes forget how dangerous riptides can be, especially if they're not used to the ocean. I hope you get out to the beach soon, Brian. It's worth the drive!

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  7. Enjoy the sun, sand and surf! And jeez, when is Blogger ever NOT acting up?

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    1. Thanks, Debra. So true, when isn't Blogger not being a jerk. Then again, free is free.

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  8. Yes, blessed are all those who save lives. I'm never witnessed a rescue like that. Thank goodness the outcome was good.

    I'm happy for you, to get in large doses of the beach and writing progress. You do it right, Elsie. Keep on.

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    1. I think those who do work like that are so selfless. I can a lot from them. I'm hoping to get back out to the beach tomorrow if it's nice out. My poor Peanut has a migraine today so no beach for us. Thanks, Robyn!!

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  9. Dear Elsie enjoy your time on the beach and take care dear!
    Love and blessings!
    ♡♥♡♥
    Gloria

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    1. You know it's my favorite place in all the land. I love my beach time!!

      I hope you are well, my friend.

      ♡♥♡♥

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  10. You can have my beach time, too. I'm not going to use it.

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    1. Well that stinks, Andrew. I thought you lived by the beach...

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  11. Ah, what lovely pictures! I'm so glad you got some beach time, despite Arthur :) Now, if I could just figure out a way to work ON the beach, I'd be good to go!

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    1. We got lucky with Arthur. Just a bunch of wind and rain but no flooding in my area. Whew! I tried to work on the beach but couldn't focus. Too much going on around me. I'm so easily distracted. :)

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  12. I use to be fairly good with grammar and punctuation. Then I got on the internet and BAM, it all went away. We don't edit what we say and we're generally in a hurry to move onto the next thing so we become sloppy. I am now a master at the run on sentence!

    Good to hear you've gotten in some beach time!

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    1. Between the internet and texting, I think proper grammar has fallen by the wayside. I'm one of those losers that refuses to type "u" instead of "you" in a text. The closest I get to abbreviation is when I type "BB" for Best Buy. I'm still a master at the run on sentence. At least on the internet. haha

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  13. Oh man, that storm... We were worried our fireworks would be canceled, but thankfully the rain passed through a couple hours before the show. Ours was a storm-free night. You make me want to go hit the beach and let the kids play in the waves while I type away. *sigh* Guess I better plan in a beach day, eh?

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    1. I'm glad your fireworks weren't cancelled. We've been going through another round of storms where I am now. They got really crazy last night and are supposed to do the same today. No beach time for this chick the next few days. Hope you make it to the beach, it's such good therapy for the soul!

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  14. Glad Arthur showed enough good sense not to mess with Elsie and her beach time! And, bleh, didn't do much for the 4th except work on my revision. Which I'm happy to report is finished!! Just need to go through and edit for little mishaps like the ones you listed above. I tend to write "out" when I meant to type "our." Spell check doesn't catch those little mistakes.

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    1. Arthur knew who he was dealing with when he headed our way. Congrats on finishing your revisions!! I'm so happy for you. It's such a great feeling to start looking for the little stuff verses the big stuff. Good luck!!

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  15. Ah... their you are. I'm hear to. ;) I once witnessed my own rescue by me. My old neighbor decided to set his house on fire and nearly burned down mine in the process. Good thing my superblue ears recognized the sound of fire...

    Have fun at the beach.

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    1. Oh my gosh, Blue! That's scary! I have a friend whose house was struck by lightening. When the fire started she was trapped in her bedroom. Her next-door neighbor rescued her and they ended up married. Awww!

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  16. That's a nice beach, you've always got to make time for certain things!

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    1. That's one of my favorite beaches. I'm lucky to live so close to it. Yep, I have my beach time, hubby has his gaming night.

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  17. My brain doesn't need that meme... but my frickin' fingers often do. As for the questions, not really, and no, but I sure heard 'em!

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    1. I can relate to hearing the fireworks, Chris. People in our neighborhood were shooting them off at all hours of the night. My dogs were freaked all weekend.

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  18. Hey Elsie,

    Amazing the info you can find on "Farcebook." I might state I'm a grammar anarchist. You were editing with your feet? :)
    My now former wife was starting to drown in a lake in British Columbia. A guy much closer to me got to her before I did and pulled her just a few inches. At which point, she could touch the bottom of the lake's surface.

    The only fireworks around these here parts were my neighbours acting up again. Welcome to England!

    Blogger is a pain in the butt at the best of times.

    Gary :)

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    1. haha, I love it, Farcebook. So true. I see people posting beautiful pictures of their families but know things aren't nearly as peachy as they seem. Wow, lucky for your ex that that man was there to save her. That must have been so scary for both of you.

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  19. Do NOT get me started on the grammar I see on FB, esp. from people who are teachers and sub teachers. The 'your' thing makes me crazy. I will only go all grammar nazi on someone if I comment on a newstory and some troll decides to tell me that 'your an idiot'. Then I will upbraid the SOB. I've never witnessed a rescue other than TV coverage of things like the trapped miners. Fireworks were washouts on the 4th but they made up for lost time on the 5th. I stayed in and comforted my dogs!

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    1. Facebook is a mess with 'u' and your instead of you're. I'm so anal I won't even abbreviate in my text messages. I'm such a loser! haha

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  20. I am envious of your beach pictures, smiles ~ I get annoyed when I see those simple basic errors ~ Its been rainy here but summer is holding up nicely ~

    Enjoy your downtime Elsie & have a lovely weekend ~

    Grace

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    1. You're not alone. I get annoyed too - never mind the fact that I'm just as guilty, especially when I have a migraine. Then it's terrible!

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  21. Hi Elise .. good poster to put up - sometimes I type the wrong words not sure why! As I know why. Love the its explanation .. my brain wouldn't tolerate that! Have fun at the beach ... heard of lots of rescues, but not actually seen one ...

    Cheers and good luck finishing off your edits .. Hilary

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    1. My CP has the best way of explaining things. When he sent me the explanation for its, I was like, "oh, now I get it!"

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  22. What? No whining? No mention of migraines? No ramblings of sex addiction? I didn't know it was my birthday!

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    1. Happy Birthd--- oh, I see, you're kidding. If it makes you happy, I have a migraine today. And, I talk about SA, kinda, in today's post…you're welcome!

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  23. The beach is great...if it wasn't so sandy...;-)

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    1. That sand tends to get in places you don't want it to….

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  24. Tantalising glimpse of your ankle tattoo there... ;-)

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    1. That is my favorite tattoo. I have one that I just can't stand, ugh! But that one, it's a memorial to my first husband. A neighbor kid drew it for me after he died so I shrunk it down and got the ink.

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  25. I must admit I should get an office like yours. Our lake is fifteen minutes away, so I have no excuse. :-)

    Drop by my blog to play a giveaway--if you're in the mood :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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    1. You really don't have an excuse. Get to that lake!!

      I'm headed over now.

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