Books at bedtime

BookI’ve had editing up to the eyeballs,
It’s no joke but it has to be done…
Though it’s getting a bit of a bugger,
Going cross-eyed at two books, not one.

‘Cause you know, all those odd extra spaces?
The odd comma, that colon or bracket?
It had got to the point by this evening
That my poor eyeballs just couldn’t hack it.

I am no longer seeing the typos,
As the words dance a jig on the screen
The whole thing is making me seasick
And I probably look a bit green.

So I’m bidding the keyboard Mañana
And I’m off without one backward look,
To do something much more relaxing…
I shall go and curl up with a book.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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31 Responses to Books at bedtime

  1. Sadje says:

    Lol! Relax and have a good day.

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  2. Brilliant! I’m screen out too – made a list of non screen things to do. Like read a book, mow the lawn, write a letter etc Balance! Good luck with the editing…x

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  3. Ritu says:

    Chill out for a bit… Those characters will stay dancing until you rest your own eyes! Then they’ll still!

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  4. TanGental says:

    very wise Sue or you might rupture your semi-solon

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  5. jenanita01 says:

    Much as we would like to, we cannot edit for too long. Little and often, I’m afraid, is the only way to do it!


  6. Wonderful written, Sue! I wish i could read “cross-eyed”.


  7. Widdershins says:

    I completely understand your logic. 🙂


  8. Adele Marie says:

    I know the feeling well, Sue. xxx


  9. dgkaye says:

    Lol, fantastic, and I don’t blame you. Omg, I don’t know how you have the concentration these days. I have a first draft of a book done a few months ago and am dreading beginning revisions, even though it’s not like we have anywhere to go. LOL. Take your time, when you’re ready you will know. ❤


  10. macjam47 says:

    Editing is so tedious it would make anyone’s eyeballs go wonky. A book is a much better alternative. Hope it was a good one. Hugs and stay safe.


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