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15 January 2015 @ 11:12 am
Philosophical Question  

When transcribing someone’s Juvenilia, should one preserve the spelling errors, or not?

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Skylarkerskylarker on January 15th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
Michelle Bottorfflavenderbard on January 16th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
Well that's a nice concise answer. :)

I suppose if it had been written in this day and age, a spell-checker would have been used fixed the spelling.

It's actually my juvenilia. I've got a lot of it (a bank box full of hand-written mss -- mostly incomplete) and my daughter has offered to "transcribe it all" for me, clearly not having any idea of just how huge that task would be.

I love the thought of having it available in some kind of electronic format. But at the same time, I can't really figure out what the point of hanging on to it all is, other than to prove that yes, I have been writing for a very long time, and that I'm better now than when I started.
Skylarkerskylarker on January 17th, 2015 06:05 am (UTC)
You may or may not want to share it with anyone after you've taken another look at it, but it seems worthwhile to take another look even if only to see how far you've come.
Michelle Bottorfflavenderbard on January 18th, 2015 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not even sure "sharing it with others" other than my own family, was part of the point. In fact, I'm not sure what the point was.

What happened was that daughter 4 announced that she had read all the "early" works of daughter 3, and I told her if she wanted to, she could read mine too... that would keep her busy! She said she'd like that, so we actually went to the effort of digging out the box, and she then told me she would transcribe it all for me.

That's not going to happen -- not all of it. There's just no way. But maybe I can get a few stories out of her. I like the idea of having them electronic, because then suddenly backups become a reasonable possibility.

She seems to agree with you, btw. She thinks there's no point in typing things up if you're going to leave the spelling errors in them.

Anyway, since the topic had been brought up, I pulled out the catalog I had created about a decade ago, and decided that it would be better off as a database rather than as text file, and so I converted it over... And now that I can easily crunch the numbers, I have done so, and they're impressive: I have over 1400 handwritten pages of juvenilia stashed away in that box. (You see why I don't believe she'll ever transcribe it all.)

...Thinking about it, as long as people know that this is stuff I wrote over twenty-five years ago when I was still a young'un, I don't know why it would bother me to let them take a look. So I'll probably put anything she actually does get transcribed up on my website. Why not?
Skylarkerskylarker on January 18th, 2015 09:30 pm (UTC)
The only 'why not' that comes to mind is that reviewers aren't always kind - even about one's most accomplished and polished work.
Michelle Bottorfflavenderbard on January 19th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
I'm having trouble imagining anyone paying much attention to a reviewer who makes a big deal about how bad someone's juvenilia is.

Skylarkerskylarker on January 19th, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
Probably only an issue if you achieve some notoriety with your mature work.