July 6, 2016: “Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.”
― Mark Twain
The list of illustrious American writers who can't spell for shit is flabbergasting. They have a spectacular ear for the language (like natural musicians who "just know" how something is supposed to sound), but they can't be bothered with the minutiae of spelling words. If they're famous, they figure, "Fuck it. That's what my editor's for." They're rebels, iconoclasts, above the law--secretly believing that spelling and such mundane concerns are for lesser folk unburdened by their rare, stratospheric understanding. They might even cling to the cherished hope that some breed of Gawd-awful spell-checker (see below) will save them from ridicule and shame.
But what if you're cursed with integrity and you actually do care about whether people can understand your Magnum Opus? Do you think having an editor polish your work is out of reach, or only for "real" writers, or [insert your heavily used self-limiting belief here]? Look, that's just dumb. For every writer out there, there's a genius editor who can invisibly bring your work into powerful alignment with your original, shining vision. You don't have to go it alone! You may want your work to be read solely in smoky underground Parisian nightclubs after you're dead, but if not, give me a call.
June 26, 2016: I mean, "gal"? Seriously?
When I was deciding on a name for this site, Call That Gal Media just kind of jumped into my head. It was right there, like, "Hey! 'Ow you doin'? I gotcha new business name right he'ah." At first I was a little worried about whether "gal" was kind of sexist or old fashioned. But thanks to the ever-entertaining Urban Dictionary, I found out that neither is the case! In fact, according to definition 5 (so I dug a little!), "Gal" is an uncanny description of moi:
"A Gal is someone who is a great friend. She is very crazy but so fun to be around. A Gal usually has long, brown, curly hair and is very tall. She loves to run around and look stupid, but she doesn't care what people think. That's what makes her an amazing, one-of-a-kind person. She does odd things like drink bacon-flavored soda and run down the halls with her hands in the air. A Gal will make you laugh even if you're really sad.... Everyone needs to be friends with a Gal." (BTW, if you want to see a sample of my editing and proofreading skills, check out the original version of that definition.) Oh! And if you need a snappy new business name, I'm your Huckleberry.)
June 24, 2016: Spell-checkers suck.
In the early days of my freelance experience, a very wealthy man in Santa Barbara hired me to help him polish up a number of business documents. I think it must've been his very wealthy wife's idea, because one day as we worked in his glass-walled, mountain-view office, he blurted out, "I don't see why I can't just use Word to spell-check all this stuff!" As he was saying this, I'd happened to be making a note on one of his spelled-checked business letters that referred to "pubic speaking." Pubic speaking.
When I mentioned this amusing (and catastrophic) evidence of the spell-checker's egregious lack of contextual insight, he blushed, sighed, and muttered, "Geez. All right."
And that's why you need a competent editor and proofreader. Because spell-checkers suck.