Friday, January 2, 2015

A Writer’s Life (part 1) – Bad Spellers of the World Untie! by Author Julie Rowe

You’d think that someone who spent several hours a day writing would be a good speller — in my case — nope. I tend to spell phonetically (yes, I had to use spellcheck on that word!) and often get it so wrong spellcheck can’t help find the right spelling. I have a strange mental block on the word available. I spell it wrong 9 times out of 10.

Also, I’m Canadian, so I use the Canadian spelling for words like honour and favourite.

I used to be embarrassed by my poor spelling talents, but after sharing a few typos on Twitter I’ve come to realize I’m not alone. Lots writers have the same problem. Besides, some of the spelling errors I make are kind of funny. Girlfiend instead of girlfriend, bug mouth instead of big mouth, that sort of thing.

I’ve decided to embrace my terrible spelling habit and make a point of sharing the errors of my ways. Here are some of my favorite (woo, I spelled it right this time!) mistakes:

Typo of the day: Her breath came in shot pants. *short*

Typo of the day: “How do you feel?” Sharp asked as he took off the gloves and threw them in a makeshit garbage can. *makeshift*

Typo of the day: The doors rolled open, but all she could see was a cloud of sand whirling around in cornea burning sinlight. *sunlight*

Typo of the day: But they weren’t along and he couldn’t afford to have the team question his objectivity. *alone*

Typo of the day: A muffled yell and a yang on his arm, brought his attention around to Grace. *yank*

Typo of the day: The truck gave an almighty shake as they started up the other side of the valley and the drive shaft dropped out like it had only been attacked by silly string. *attached*

Typo of the day: Grace asked, “Where did you say those tricks are?” *trucks*

Typo of the day: She snored softly. “I’ve got so much adrenaline in my system right now I could power a small town.” *snorted*

Typo of the day: “You,” George said, storking her face with a shaking hand. “Are the answer to every prayer I’ve ever made. I love you.” *stroking*

Typo of the day: “You went off a few minutes ago. I’m just waiting to see if there are any aftersocks.” *aftershocks*

Typo of the day: Mark was seated at the kitchen table with an open bear in front of him. *beer*.

Typo of the day: “Nope. The Ginch took our phones and radios yesterday.” *Grinch*

Typo of the day “If I start hacking up blood and form bleeding sores on my skin, feel free to tick me in a plastic bubble.” *stick*

Typo of the day: "We also need to be ready in case this place gets stormed by any unfriedlies." *unfriendlies*

Typo of the day: She should be sorry. She should be squirming, but she was completely at peach with what she did. *peace*

Typo of the day: "His whole body shook with the effort it took to keep the guffaws from exiting his bug mouth." *big*

Typo of the day: Something about the man drew her like a magnate to iron. *magnet*

Typo of the day: Sparky groaned. “Meat me at my office and bring that crazy lawyer of yours with you.”

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”. In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool’s Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. AIDING THE ENEMY (book #3 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2014 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Canadian Living. You can reach her at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

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