Susan Speaks: What Set Chelle Off


I read a very nice blog via my feedreader. It posts all sorts of cool (and not so cool) jobs for freelance writers. And while I’m not a freelance writer, it’s still neat to read and see what’s out there. You never know where the road we’re on will wind up, I figure. Besides, even if it’s not something I need personally, you never know when a character or two might.

The list of job postings that went up on Sunday sorta horrified me, which is why you’re not getting a direct link. The typos. Oy, the typos! I’ve been reading this blog long enough to have an idea that they didn’t come from Denise, who runs the site. But come on now, folks… why would any self-respecting writer want to work for you if you can’t tell the difference between you’re and your. Heroin and heroine. Breath and breathe.

If you’ve been following the exploits of Chelle LaFleur, you’ve seen her harp on this sort of thing in the past. Namely when I messed up as I wrote a piece for her, and all you groupies caught it for me. (thank you for that, too)

So it seemed natural to let Chelle loose on the subject again. And while I’d have ranted more about how important it is for potential employers (and literary agents) to represent themselves more… well, Chelle may be fictional, but she’s her own woman.

If you need to catch up on her exploits, search my tags for Chelle. And anyone who can tell me how to make an index — or who wants to do it for me, just for the link love and bragging rights — please, speak up.

Oh, and check to make sure your feed’s turned on, will ya? I’m talking RSS or Atom, not Feedburner. I’m a Google Reader sort of girl. (why does that make me feel all flirty and like I should be kicking up my heels and batting my eyelashes?)

Talk at you soon…



  1. littlebirdblue

    March 12, 2007 10:29 pm

    Something I never hear people mention, but see all the freakin’ time, is the confusion of ‘than’ and ‘then’–and too consistently to be typos (you know better Ithan/I that, not better Ithen/I that). Inexplicable.BR/BR/I’m not allowed to rant anymore–Susan and Chelle, what have you done to me?

  2. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 12, 2007 10:42 pm

    Why aren’t you allowed to rant anymore?

  3. karen!

    March 13, 2007 9:50 am

    Chelle groupie that I am, I can pull together an index for you 😉

  4. karen!

    March 13, 2007 10:21 am

    BChelle LaFleur Index/BBR/BR/BChelle’s posts:/BBR/3/11/07 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Byline: Chelle LaFleur — More about Typos/ABR/1/28/07 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Byline: Chelle LaFleur — Bitty Bands/ABR/12/17/01 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Byline: Chelle LaFleur — Musical Hanukkah Celebration/ABR/10/30/06 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Byline: Chelle LaFleur — Typos/ABR/10/25/06 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Byline: Chelle LaFleur — Autumn Leaves/ABR/9/12/06 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Jock La Feet –Byline: Chelle La Fleur/ABR/BR/BReferences to Chelle:/BBR/3/12/07 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Susan Speaks: What Set Chelle Off/ABR/1/30/07 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Susan Speaks: Debut a Debut and another contest???/ABR/12/19/06 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Susan Speaks: Lead-in to Hanukkah Thursday Thirteen/ABR/10/8/06 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”The End of the Week/ABR/BR/BTTs featuring Chelle:/BBR/12/20/06 – A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Thursday Thirteen #8 — Special Hanukkah Edition/A BR/BR/EMI’m emailing it to you as well ;)/EM

  5. cheesygiraffe

    March 13, 2007 10:56 am

    Ugh! I swear I posted here. Stupid Blogger swallowed my reply. :(BR/BR/I still have trouble with knowing when to use then and than. *blush*BR/BR/Susan,I’m subscribed to you via Google Reader. 😉 I’m subscribed to several other groupies too.

  6. littlebirdblue

    March 13, 2007 3:40 pm

    Look at Kanrei! All ninja w/the indexing! Wowsa.BR/BR/Cheesey Giraffe–BR/BR/I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to pick on anybody. We all have our linguistic pitfalls.BR/BR/BR/BR/Susan.BR/BR/I’m not allowed to rant. I have been forbidden by S and several other good friends, on the grounds that I get waaayyy to interested in things like the misuse of quotation marks.BR/BR/I’ve seen professionally printed signs that read like so:BR/BR/B”NO” Skateboarding!/BBR/BR/andBR/BR/BDO NOT park your Bicycle’s “here”/BBR/BR/…and I will rant for a full half hour.BR/BR/BR/HEED THE PANDA!BR/BR/

  7. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 13, 2007 3:44 pm

    Oh, I don’t need Chelle to rant about quotation marks… (and my own use of elipses, too, for that matter)BR/BR/Okay, no ranting, then. We shall declare this space a no-ranting zone. Unless you’re Chelle.

  8. Denise

    March 13, 2007 6:42 pm

    You tell ’em, Chelle! hee heeBR/BR/Thanks for the link, Susan. 😉

  9. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 13, 2007 7:07 pm

    Hopefully, next time, Denise, it won’t be because I’m making fun of the potential employers you’re listing!

  10. Tia

    March 13, 2007 7:54 pm

    I’ll have to take a closer look at Google Reader. I have only tinkered with it so far.

  11. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 13, 2007 8:42 pm

    Ooh, I’m totally addicted. I’ll add blogs at random to my reader, just to see if I’d like to read them permanently or not. BR/BR/And since it’s rarely empty of things to read, I’m really neglecting some very good blogs. So turn your feeds on, everyone! Atom or RSS, or that nifty “add to Google” button. Whichever, just so long as it works with Google Reader!!!!

  12. Sparky Duck

    March 14, 2007 12:05 am

    i have to look into this google reader. I use my live bookmarks from Mozilla.BR/BR/As for Typos, I am happy with my mispellings

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