Wednesday, January 6, 2016
MORE GRAMMATICAL CRIMES: MY CONFESSION - Flora Reigada
As I put the final touches on my inspirational thriller, The Face Behind the Veil, and about to e-mail it to my publisher, I decided to change a character’s name from Joseph to Stanley.
In an instant, this global change was made throughout the 600 page, three-part document, which traces the legend of the birth veil through three generations.
That was the only alteration I made after the book underwent extensive editing. Confident it was error-free, I clicked the mouse and off it went. It wasn’t long before I received the galley proof to review and approve, so the printing process could begin.
Weary of the seven-year project and the tedious historical research that had gone into it, I almost didn’t review the galley. But something in me couldn’t let it go until I did. That must have been Providential. Imagine my surprise when I discovered how that last minute name change affected a scene where the Christmas story is told. In horror, I read the following.
was espoused to Stanley, before they came together, she was found with
child of the Holy Ghost. Then Stanley her husband, being a just man, and
not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away
privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the
Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Stanley, thou son of David,
fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in
her is of the Holy Ghost . . .. Then Stanley being raised from sleep did
as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:"
(Matthew 1:18-20, 24).
After getting over my initial shock, I made the necessary changes.
However, rather than globally, I did this the old-fashioned way, one at a time.
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