The Writing Process, Editing eBooks, and Cars That Won’t Run, Dad?

So this is what a Karmann Ghia looks like, huh?

Editing this version of almost draft number seven reminded me of how I rescued, on a dare, an old Kindle from Oblivion as it was about to be recycled because a landlady of mine in New Mexico said it no longer worked. Not quite as good as getting a dead car to run, like my father used to do, but, it’s a start.    Apparently as they said in my father’s funeral, people used to give him old cars that wouldn’t run, and he would not only get them to run, but also supe them up and race them.    Nevertheless I was proud of myself that I got this really old Kindle to run, and have been using it for years now. I find that for some reason it makes a big difference editing in ebook format, where I usually do my edits, or rather, do my proofreading, in PDF format. Now I have found that I catch even more errors that I never spotted in the document or even in the PDF version, when I do the final read through on the eBook.  (Forgot to mention: I find that the best version comes from feeding the doc to Calibre for conversion to mobi format…)
I guess it’s a change of perspective, maybe it’s looking at it as my dad might have looked at it ?
He’s been gone, to that great garage in the sky, some might say, since July of 2007,  (after which time, an uncle told me that Dad, in High School, had actually wanted to become a photo journalist -who ever heard that idea about him?!)  but my memories of him working on the car, and reminding me to “engage brain before putting mouth in gear” remain.   And so does the legend of his old Karmann Ghia.
Thanks for the editing help, Dad.
Destinie
(now mostly known as Shira…)

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13 thoughts on “The Writing Process, Editing eBooks, and Cars That Won’t Run, Dad?

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Michael! It hit me at 1am, when I realized that Dad’s anniversary was coming up soon (the last time I spoke with him was the Father’s Day before he died, for which I am very grateful to have been able to do, as I was out of the country at the time, and was very lucky to be able to get ahold of him).

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