Joy In Rumble Magazine

Filed under: WP Publications — joy at 11:01 am on Thursday, December 10, 2009

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Hey Word Pirates, my short-short “Pie Man” is in the current issue of Rumble Magazine. Check out “Pie Man” here and then read the rest of the issue.

Dickens Editing “A Christmas Carol”

Filed under: The Writing Process — joy at 11:40 am on Friday, December 4, 2009

word pirates looking at dickens

I love this picture of three little girls looking at “a heavily marked-up manuscript for “A Christmas Carol” that Charles Dickens wrote, and rewrote, in 1843.” It’s from a NYTimes piece about Dickens editing the famous Christmas tale, focusing on some of the smaller changes of the manuscript and its publishing history.

The NYTimes was also allowed to scan 66 pages from the book for their readers to view on the web, although I found them hard to access.

It shows how much a book can change, even up to the last minute. For example:

At least one change did not occur until the book was at the printer. You will note that the manuscript is silent on whether Tiny Tim lives. But before the first editions went out the door, a line was curiously inserted on page 65 noting that “and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father.”

Citing a 2004 book by Michael Patrick Hearn, “The Annotated Christmas Carol,” Mr. Kiely said Dickens added that line as “an afterthought.”

Aren’t we glad he put that in?