Dear kind reader,

Have I ever mentioned how completely blind I am to my own writing mistakes?

Yesterday afternoon I sat down at my laptop to draft my next letter to you. But then something jumped out at me from Friday’s letter. Did I really write that? Does that say “Vanity Fairy”? I blinked hard, looked again. Good grief. And it’s been days since I sent you that letter.

Of course, it’s supposed to have been Vanity Fair, as in one of the most famous magazines in America. I somehow managed to make them sound like a dreadful series of books for preteen girls in which the beautiful, popular fairy bullies the other fairies in her class.

I called my mom.

“Oh no. Did you see that?” I asked her.

She hadn’t. But then through a stifled giggle she said something like, “Oh, and I’ve been meaning to tell you that there’s a typo in one of your comments last week. I’m sorry. I’ve been meaning to point it out, but I just kept forgetting.”

I quickly flipped through the comments and there it was, in response to something the wonderful Biblio-Files blogger Kelly Kegans had written to me, and even more embarrassing than “Vanity Fairy.”

“It’s been so much fun working with you so far,” I wrote, “and your blob is beautifully put together.”

I wanted to disappear under my dining room table. Your blob is beautifully put together? Dear God.

Have I mentioned that my mom is my highly-paid, well-regarded copy editor?

“Is this a hint?” I joked with Mom. “Am I not paying you enough?” As in, isn’t my deep admiration and appreciation and the occasional cappuccino from Vagabond Blues not enough for catching the silly errors in every single thing I send out into the world?

“Yeah,” she said as we both were laughing. “I’m demanding a better salary package. Benefits? Insurance?”

Luckily, we have a sense of humor over these things. I’m really hoping you do, too. To quote Homer Simpson, “Doh!”




6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vivian Faith Prescott
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 08:04:09


    I’d say not to worry about it because “Vanity Fairy” is a really cool word. Use it in your next book. And a “blob” referring to a blog might now be used for a boring blog. Put the words to use. But of course Biblio-Flies is not a blob (oops did I just write “Flies” not “Files”). See, anyone can make a mistake.:)

  2. Christy Thomas
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 00:11:35

    You’re in luck! I hear the brain changes what we read to actually make sense when it doesn’t.

    • Eowyn Ivey
      Sep 13, 2011 @ 04:56:57

      I’ve heard that, too, Christy. In fact, I came across this online — “Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?” 🙂

  3. Mr. Baer
    Sep 14, 2011 @ 07:58:35

    And here I thought I was just acefully graging!

  4. Sue Mathis
    Sep 14, 2011 @ 10:46:27

    Explanation points!!!!

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