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Ok, I’m still fast drafting. As you might have guessed, there are more drafts than drafting, and the Oxford English Dictionary wrote to me recently to inform me that “fast” is just embarrassed to be associated with my name. I can understand how it feels, the end is near, but I’m not sure if that applies to me or my WIP.

I’m sure you’re all asking what’s taking me so long. You’re in good company, my family has been saying the same. I used to think that it wasn’t the words that were difficult, it was getting them in the right order. But after reading a recent email I’m beginning to wonder. For example,

The farm used to produce produce.

We must polish the Polish furniture.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse.

The soldier decided to desert in the desert.

It was a good time to present the present.

He had to project the project in the best light

A bass was painted on the bass drum.

When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

I did not object to the object

The insurance was invalid for the invalid

A bandage was wound around the wound.

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

They were too close to the door to close it.

The buck does funny things when the does are present.

The sent a sewer down to stitch the tear in the sewer line.  (ok, ok, how else are you going to connect those two in one sentence…)

You cannot teach a sow to sow seeds.

The wind was too strong to wind up the sail.

After a number of injections, my jaw got number.

The girl shed a tear when she saw the tear in her clothes.

I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

The soldiers threw out any round that wasn’t perfectly round.

Despite these frustrating nuances, which are what makes language an art, when I’m done fast drafting I’ll get back to some more usual posts. I hope to be finished on the second Sunday this week.

Or possibly the third.



PS the image at the top is a Welsh town on the island of Anglesey. The hyphenated words underneath are how its pronounced. I went there when I was young and believe it may have led to my seriously bad spelling.

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