Own your typos…

I make typos. We all do. We are human. We make mistakes.

I’ve written a lot in my life and I’ve been published for years. Most of the time I have an editor to look over my writing and make corrections. But sometimes, even with an editor mistakes still happen. It’s pretty embarrassing.

Like just now… I sent out my second monthly email newsletter announcing my dad’s new book of poetry. I had a typo in the worst possible place – the first line of the poem!

Believe it or not, I did have someone look over the email for typos. But my dad wanted to swap out the poem we shared, and I copied and pasted it in without re-reading it. After swapping out the poem, I didn’t have anyone recheck the poem. It was my mistake, and it was a big one.

I decided to send a follow-up correction email out, but because I have a free Mail Chimp account, I can only send an email out once every 24 hours. So, I wait. The correction WILL go out tomorrow.

Here’s the corrected poem… By my dad, JS Hartman


“Things must get better than they are!”
These words are often said.
We’re wishing for next year to come.
Next year we might be dead!

Ironic as these future dreams
We cast away today,
And then remember “Yesterdays”
And wish it were that way.

It’s nice to look for better things,
To wish upon a star,
But don’t you think some things are nice
Just the way they are?

Let’s live each day and thank God for
Whatever comes our way.
The storm clouds or the bright sunshine
Are ours for just today!

To truly live this present hour
Will give us grace to say:
“Today’s my great tomorrow
And my glorious yesterday!”


Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, and blogs for Lady by Design. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.

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