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Soup for the Soup: Chocolate Rules

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   10 Comments | Posted in chocolate · microfiction
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Welcome! To my newest follower, Elizabeth Mueller. Thank you for visiting and deciding to stay! And thank you to everyone who read and commented on Monday’s microfiction. I hope y’all have as much fun reading those as I do writing them.

Speaking of Microfiction Monday, my post suffered a rather critical spelling error. My wordplay relied on “epoxy” which I misspelled “apoxy.” My attention was directed to another error as well.  One of the links on the “WRITERS – Paying Markets” page of my blog had a typo. Instead of Chicken Soup for the Soul I typed Chicken Soup for the Soup

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So why shine a spotlight on my already oh-so-glaring errors? Well, aside from enjoying a chuckle at my own expense, the goofs reminded me of a few important things:

1. Spell check does not catch every spelling error. Spell check is a wonderful tool, but limited. When in doubt, look up the word you’re wondering about lest you end up having to write a blog post about it. (Trust me on this one.) Also, a word might be correctly spelled (soup) and still be the wrong word for the location/syntax. Spell check won’t catch that one, either.  Important rule:  Have some chocolate before Googling definitions. It will help you think. Honest.

2. Despite careful scrutiny, mistakes happen.  Frustrating, yes; but even after checking and double-checking, some things sail past us. When this occurs, be grateful someone cared enough to point out the error and didn’t allow you to go for months with a knuckleheaded typo on your blog.  Fix the error immediately and follow this important rule: Go eat chocolate. It will calm your mind and help you not to make another typo. Really.

3. Wine goes well with chocolate.

Now, in spite of the fact that I used spell check to proof this post it is possible you may find an error because (see #1).  Also, though I’ve read and re-read this post, there is the chance I still managed to miss something because (see #2).  Finally, see #3, because some things just bear repeating.

Til next time –

10 Responses to "Soup for the Soup: Chocolate Rules"

  1. Comment by BECKY
    January 26, 2011 at 11:40 am  

    Oh, Lisa!! Too funny! I'm sorry I missed that Chicken Soup for the Soup! I probably wouldn't have cuaght it,though,because I'd just read it the way I KNEW it was supposed to be! I must admit, it took me a while to figure out just where the paying markets thingy was, because I kept scrolling through your older posts and couldn't find a thing! Duh..then I re-read it…a little slower…and then I "got it"….Hmmmm….I haven't had any chocolate or wine yet today…That must be it!! 🙂

  2. Comment by Karen Lange
    January 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm  

    Ah yes, these things are all true. I too, missed the Chicken soup thing. Ah well, we still love you. 😛 Trust me, done the same and worse!

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    January 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm  

    Hi Becky – Apparently, that was my problem, too. I saw what it was supposed to be rather then what I typed. Ah, well….it is fixed now. And I was all worried about the Pigasus because I wanted to type Pegasus…that isn't a typo, but looks like one!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    January 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm  

    Hi Karen – Thanks for that. Funny that you didn't see the "soup" either. Trust me, though…it was there! LOL Guess we really do see what we expect, sometimes.

  5. Comment by Tammy
    January 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm  

    I didn't see the mistakes, either. Which clearly means I need to eat more chocolate. So I really am sitting here with a bag of semi-sweet mini morsels, and it's all your fault! 😉 Love this post!!

  6. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    January 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm  

    Sheesh-I do that ALL the time. But there ain't enough chocolate out there when you realize that you've submitted something-with the error. That's when you haul out the wine. 😉

  7. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    January 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm  

    Hi Lisa,I saw Chicken Soup for the Soup, but there are a lot of Chicken Soup books and I really thought it might be one with comforting recipes! That isn't really a bad idea either.I like your theory of all things get better with wine and chocolate, especially over time, lol!Blessings and hugs,Kathy

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    January 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm  

    Hey Tammy – Chocolate is brain food. Really. You'll thank me later!Hi Cathy – LOL Lots of wine, to dull the pain. Been there, don't want to do it again (er, the submission error, not the wine…)Hi Kathy – Someone else also thought it was a cookbook! Chicken Soup editors, take notice!

  9. Comment by Lynn
    January 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm  

    Who doesn't have typos now and then… part of the act of writing. Yes, chocolate helps!

  10. Comment by Katie Gates
    January 28, 2011 at 3:55 am  

    I notice you spelled both CHOCOLATE and WINE correctly. What more is there to worry about?

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