Friday, July 26, 2013

Lick Your Calf Over Again

By Nancy Jill Thames
Ever have to start all over on a project? That's what happened to me this week. A little background first.

When we were growing up, my father was full of daily quotes. Whenever we children finished a chore poorly, he would say, "If you want something done halfway, ask a child to do it. If you want it done right, do it yourself." Or, on a positive note, "Life's hard by the yard, but it's a cinch by the inch." Stuff like that - all the time! 

But one of his particular favorites was, "You'll have to lick your calf over again." Now, he would usually say this after I'd finished cleaning the bathroom sink and the faucets didn't sparkle enough for him. What can I say? He was in the military.

This week I was doing a rewrite on Book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" and thought I'd be clever by omitting commas where I believed they weren't necessary. Wrong! Now I have to go back and lick my calf over again.

It wouldn't have been so bad except I was in a hotel room and had thrown all the papers on the floor in a huge pile. I had to sort them all over again - 178 pages. Now I have to reinsert the commas I deleted. 

I suppose I wanted to share this because sometimes readers have no idea what writers go through to publish a book. And guess what? It doesn't matter. Writing is fun! Plus, I'm learning as I go. 

I hope you'll enjoy my new book when I eventually get it launched. Keep your fingers crossed that I don't make any more stupid errors in judgement!  Thanks for your patience, dear readers.

Have a great weekend!

See you in my books!
 ~Nancy Jill 
Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames began publishing Christian fiction in 2010. The author of six books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List, this in addition to winning first place for her chocolate cream pie.

When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her own personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers' Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW CenTex Chapter, and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales. CONTACT INFORMATION

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  1. Love those quotes, Nancy. My dad used to go around turning off lights all over the house. Careless children we were, the three of us would exit rooms without turning them off. He used to say, "Every watt costs a lot."

    1. That's a new one for me - my dad was from Arkansas, where was yours from?

      ~Nancy Jill Thames


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