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Lesson 1 Napkin Dad

Is this perfect to finish off our week or what?

Cartoon courtesy of “The Napkin Dad”

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Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  11. Michael Seese on June 25, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    What wrong it?

  12. Pamela Meyers on June 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    LOL, that is so true. I’m going through a recently contracted manuscript for last minute tweaks and have found a lot of words my brain so rudely inserted on my last read-through. I’m now having my Kindle read it back to me. The ear picks up what it doesn’t hear. Fool me once eyes, shame on you. Twice, the ears take over. LOL

  13. Michael Seese on June 24, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    What’s wrong it?

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  15. Pen and Ink on June 24, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    I want to print this cartoon out and tape it to my Monitor.
    Thanks Rachel and Napkin Dad.

    Pen and Ink has a guest blogger today as part of as part of Vermont College of Fine Arts Blog Initiative.

    Today’s guest blogger is Sherry Shahan who talks about writing in the negative space. (Now I want to read her book.) Come visit.

  16. Beth MacKinney on June 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    In college I hand-lettered signs for senior music recitals to make a few extra bucks. I can’t tell you how many times I stood up and asked my roommate to take a look at the finished product only to have her say something like, “Isn’t there a ‘u’ in Thursday?”


  17. otin on June 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    I could proofread the same paragraph a hundred times and never be happy with it. I just reach a point where I am a little less dissatisfied than I was previously. LOL

    I am my own worst critic.

  18. Richard on June 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    The writing is the easy part, its the re-checking that i hate to do. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa

  19. Juliana on June 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    So true!

  20. Nancy S. Thompson on June 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    I’ve found the best way to proofread a manuscript is in PDF format (versus a Word doc) & outloud. And not just mumbling either. Loud like you’re reading the story to a room of first-graders. I find errors much easier & just take notes as I go along. Kind of tedious but much more thorough. It is funny, though, how our minds just naturally fill in the blanks.

  21. The Napkin Dad on June 24, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Hi Rachelle, Thanks for posting my napkin, I appreciate it! I am glad it made so many people smile and laugh.

  22. Ali on June 24, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    LOVE this. Thanks for the smile! 🙂

  23. Ruth Madison on June 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Hahaha, that’s great. Reminds me of the time I was re-reading my manuscript and discovered that I had written that someone walked out the window instead of the door.

    Considering that I was visualizing it as I was reading along, it was quite startling. Almost like Sophie’s World, all of a sudden, we’re in a whole different kind of universe!

  24. Jeanne on June 24, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    What a great cartoon! I’m guilty of that too. Worse, when I go extemporaneous when speaking and share the wrong words, conveying an inaccurate message. Just as bad when I skip a word in writing.

    I’ve enjoyed the posts this week!

  25. Angie Dicken on June 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    As I am up to my elbows in edits, this is just perfect! 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  26. Barbara Watson on June 24, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Awesome! My problem proofreading is that I see what I EXPECT to be there because I know what SHOULD be there.

  27. Loree Huebner on June 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Yep…true to life!

  28. Krista Phillips on June 24, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Very funny! And so VERY true!

  29. Pat Layton on June 24, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    I am embarrassed to say—loose vs lose—
    Check out my last blog post 🙂
    Spell check didn’t catch it and neither did I 🙁
    or is it pooh???

  30. Rosemary Gemmell on June 24, 2011 at 6:47 AM

    Love it – would make a great picture for above the desk!

  31. Catherine Johnson on June 24, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    I’ve done the opposite and repeated a word, that must be writing tourettes. Not so funny in a query though :/

  32. Peter DeHaan on June 24, 2011 at 6:04 AM

    I often make this mistake. Sometimes when people tell me I left out a word, I still can’t find it.

    One technique (which I’ve yet to master, let alone understand) is to read backwards. I know people who do this!

    (Click on my name above to link to my blog post about proof reading your work.)

  33. rel on June 24, 2011 at 3:49 AM

    How true! I can read a piece over 2 or 3 times and then, when proofing the published blog, find if not a word then at least a few letters left out.

  34. Carol J. Garvin on June 24, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    Love it! I wonder how many people will wonder what’s so funny about the cartoon. ::giggle:: It’s amazing how the eyes skip over the space while the brain automatically reads the missing word.

  35. Sherry on June 24, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    To easy to do. Read what is suppose to be there not what is.

  36. Ane Mulligan on June 24, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Okay, now I’m in trouble. I’m laughing so hard, I woke the hubs. Now I won’t be able to sleep. That’s a hoot, Rachelle!! Thanks. 🙂

  37. Jan Markley on June 24, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Hilarious and true!