When Neil let me off, I was just finishing the story. He was relating a small segment of a significant passing he had attended. I realized that the spoken tale was not as rich as the one I had written down and offered to give him a written copy of the story I had just finished reciting. He accepted my offer. Today, I get a chance to take my writing to the next level--editing. This part of the craft, I have intended to launch into for quite a time. Like most things the intent takes a while to achieve birth. But I will use the promise to deliver a printed copy to Neal to provide impetus to get under way.
When I post a blog, it is often of the roughest unpolished sort. In haste to get it published, I fairly check it for spelling, quickly examine grammar, and slightly proof read it. Many times errors slip through, I suspect because enough time and distance from its creation has not passed to give me a more objective view. Often after a lapse, I read the published version and am appalled. I quickly edit the published version. Most often the saved version on my computer does not get edited. Today, I will bring both versions together to produce a single polished clear copy. Once done, I will publish a printed version to share with Neal. This will in essence be my premier published work, even if my own publication.