Today is short story day, and SPOILER ALERT! If you read on, it’ll give away the punchline of this week’s story, so you might want to jump over and read it here first. You can always come back here later. It’s just a ramble about my terrible editing skills, anyway.
This week’s short story is brought to you by a typo.
It doesn’t matter how many times you read through your own writing, or how well you think you’ve checked it, something always sneaks through. We’re so used to our own words, so attuned to their rhythm and the way they look on the page, that we just can’t get the distance to see certain mistakes. Repetitions, substituted words that spellcheck doesn’t pick up – they’re always creeping around.
Which is why we have editors.
But every now and then, a typo surfaces that is so wonderfully brilliant that you think the Magic Realism Bot has been at work again.
Final SPOILER ALERT:
“Kevin pressed his hands harder against the surface of the bubble, his muscles bugling dangerously under his jacket.”
Did you catch it?
Now go read the short story, All Wishes Are Granted. Enjoy!
What about you? Any favourite typos or word substitutions you’ve come across?