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KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) Katharine O'Moore Klopf

Monday, July 30, 2007

Calling Workers' Comp!

This—#%^*&+!—is one of the reasons I rarely do paper edits these days: I just managed to stab myself in the palm of my writing hand with a Col-Erase green pencil. Hurts like #%^*&+!

My computer keyboard never bites me like that.




Imperatrix said...

I'm laughing. Sorry!

Sometimes my keyboard doesn't respond as lightly as it should, and my pinkie gets sore...

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

It was so freaky how it happened:

I had a pencil in my hand. I stopped writing. I raised my hand to move the pencil away from the paper. The pencil stuck to my hand; it was humid indoors and out. The pencil unstuck itself from my hand and began falling toward the table. It bounced on its eraser. I reached to grab the pencil so that it didn't fall onto the floor. The pencil point, being upward instead of in the usual downward writing position, poked my palm. I was startled and reflexively pushed my hand downward, which pushed the point into my palm. All of this seemed to happen in slow motion, and I gazed in wonder at how I actually made the pencil-stick worse.

I hate that slow-motion stuff because when you can clearly see what's about to happen, you just know that you can stop it ... but you can't.

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