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Potholes in the Road

I’ve been bumping through a few potholes lately, which is why my posts are sporadic.  Minor ones–my husband was pickpocketed as he got off a commuter train in downtown Chicago.  A professional band of thieves–they had his credit card numbers distributed throughout the country within minutes–we got reports of charges as far away as Orlando, Fl.  Kudos to MasterCard for instantly sorting this out.  Kudos to my husband’s dentist: my husband was en route to have a new crown made and the dentist gave him cabfare home.  Boos to the U.S. banks.  In Europe, you have to have a pin number to use a bank card as a debit card.  Here, you only have to swipe the card.  It took a week for Chase-Morgan Stanley-Megatherium to agree to cancel $2800 in charges.

A bigger pothole.  Death of one of my cousins, my age.  He was a marathoner who had a sudden heart attack as he was getting ready to run a marathon.  Leon, rest in peace.

Small pothole.  Very bad job of copyediting the new book, in which the copy-editor randomly entered grammatically incorrect verbs and phrases.  I’m still trying to put the ms back together so it makes sense, and that takes all my physical and mental energy–so–more later.

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  • Penny Thornton

    Oh dear, Sara! Hope that you can find some positive in all that negativity. And how awful for that to happen to your manuscript! Best wishes.

  • genny from jersey

    Sara, sorry to hear about recent “potholes”.

    The death of your cousin reminds me of Jim Fixx, the author of “The Complete Book of Runnin”, He had a heart attack while running. Our condolences for your loss.

    We just recently had to deal with credit card issue–although we didn’t actually lose our cards. Someone just used our number attempting to make a purchase. Fortunately, we got a call from the credit card company, the purchase was declined, and we were issued new cards. Identity theft is one of those events that is so disturbing. As you say, it does take a lot of time and effort to try and correct the problem.

    I can just imagine the frustration you must feel with the poor copy editing. You’ve written the book and now it’s as if you’re writing it again. I have wonder what it says about the ability of the copy editor to make such obvious mistakes.

    Hopefully this is a better day for you.

  • How awful.

    I’m sad to hear of your cousin’s death. You will miss him. Just know that your sorrow is our sorrow.

    I can empathize on the credit card bit. While traveling a few years ago, my husband set his wallet on the bumper (dumb, dumb, dumb) of the car when he was at a gas station. Drove off and a couple of minutes later realized what he had done. Luckily we had all our credit info with us and called the credit cards immediately. Canceled all of them. Luckily I had a couple of cards in my name which we used until we returned home.

    You know what really irks me? We have several credit cards that we NEVER use, anymore (but we did when we had three kids in college at the same time – they were a godsend, then). The problem is that you cannot cancel a credit card without it affecting your credit rating. Even if it has no balance and you never use it? How stupid is that? With identity theft so rampant these days, it’s just not safe.

    I’d help you sort out the copy editing mess in a heartbeat if I thought I wouldn’t just make it worse!

    Fingers crossed that you’re past the potholes.

  • See? Dentists are good people!! (My dad was a dentist…)

    Bad things come in threes, supposedly, so hopefully your road will be smoother now that you’re past these potholes.

    My condolences on the loss of your cousin.

  • Very sorry about your cousin. It’s always such a shock when people die suddenly, not to mention at too young an age.

    I don’t think PIN numbers help, you know. We’ve had more fraud on our cards now, than ever before, ‘buying’ television sets all over Britain while still having the cards in our wallets.

    I hope that copy-editor will go nowhere near your books again? (I was going to wish unemployment on him/her, but decided I’m too ‘nice’ to do so.)

  • Oh no. I’m sorry about your cousin.

    Maybe your other potholes will turn into plot twists — who killed the hapless copy-editor? The band of identity thieves or the harried author?

  • I wish I could write like you as Margaret Laurence once said “When I say “work” I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”

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  • Very sorry about your cousin. It’s always such a shock when people die suddenly, not to mention at too young an age.

    I don’t think PIN numbers help, you know. We’ve had more fraud on our cards now, than ever before, ‘buying’ television sets all over Britain while still having the cards in our wallets.

    I hope that copy-editor will go nowhere near your books again? (I was going to wish unemployment on him/her, but decided I’m too ‘nice’ to do so.)

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