Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Twofer Tuesday -- Ducks In A Row?

A Common Goldeneye duck and her ducklings out for a late morning swim.

I'm still editing A Fly on the Wall. I had a particularly sticky problem in chapter eight that took a while to sort out. Or, to make the photo relevant, I had trouble getting all my ducks in a row.
I eventually sorted it out. The rest of the corrections in logic should be easier.
Here's a freshly edited passage:
"Brelyan turned on his stomach and buried his face in the pillow. What was he missing?"
Our current bedtime story is from The Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol, Vol 1. (University of Chicago Press, 1985)
We decided to read Gogol after my husband found a reference to him in one of my cookbooks. Gogol's Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka sounded like our kind of stories.
A quick internet search sealed it. In the second picture Gogol looks quite a bit like my husband. I ordered both volumes and offered them as my husband's birthday present.

Here are two sentences, and two extras from The Fair at Sorochintsy:
" ' Why it looks like two men: one on top, the other under. Which of them is the devil I can't make out yet!'
'Why, who is on top?'
'A woman!'
'Oh, well, then that's the devil!' "
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messymimi said...

Hmmm, what was Brelyan missing? Now I'm going to wonder until I get to read the whole thing.

You always pick the most interesting lines.

Leah J. Utas said...

Messymimi, thank you so much.

the Bag Lady said...

I agree with messymimi - can hardly wait to read the whole thing!

(Love the duck photo, too!)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, dfBag Lady. I thought the baby duckies were cute.

Writing Without Periods! said...

Don't you love the editing process?
Can't wait to read all.

Leah J. Utas said...

Mary, does editing ever end?

Thomma Lyn said...

I have heard many good things about Gogol's work, and after reading your post, I'll definitely have to check him out.

I'm glad you got your ducks in a row -- and that adorable picture of the ducks!

And guess what. You have an award on my blog! :)

Leah J. Utas said...

TL, good to see you here and thanks for the award. I read your post and I'll pick up the award later.
The duckies really are cute.
I'm enjoying Gogol. I think you might, too.