Mommy, Would You Read to Me?

I remember the days when Mom and I snuggled on the couch in the family room and she read aloud to me. Being immersed in the pages and studying the illustrations was nirvana. I specifically remember about age six asking her to read aloud, and she said, “You can read.” I said, “Only out loud.” She said, “Just say the words quietly to yourself.” So I did.

No holding me back after that.

110414vickibatmanmkeirblogchildreadingpixI consumed vast quantities of books. When once reprimanded by a librarian that I had to put back some new treasures from the tall pile cradled to my scrawny chest, my mom saw my sad face and asked what was wrong. I told her what the librarian said. My mom spun me around, marched me to the desk and said, “Check out all these books to her. She’ll read them, probably twice and the ones her sisters get too.”

Again, no holding me back.

As a writer, we have to work our projects so they won’t suck. This means we revise and edit. Because I’m a pantser, I make multiple passes, constantly revising to make the book fresh. Like other authors, I’m looking for new editing tricks, too. I used to read my work aloud and eliminated the awful dialogue and weird stuff I heard. I printed the manuscript and hacked a red, er, yellow pencil all over it.



Then I got my laptop. In Microsoft Office is a feature that is freakin’ awesome—Read Aloud. I turn it on and voila, my book is read aloud to me! I can set the voice and the speed.

I worked my way through my current WIP, my third romantic comedy mystery, stopping to change words, dialogue, move passages. Now, I’m going through again and making a timeline and documenting the clues. What a treasure this feature is!

No holding me back!

asteriks2I’m pleased with where Temporarily Out of Luck is going. Thought I’d share a bit with you and get your thoughts. So here goes:

Sometimes, I felt like a small white mouse housed in a cage with lots of small white mice, whose sole playground activity was to eat, sleep, and revolve constantly on the exercise wheel. And just like one rodent friend, who I named Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky, having a field day back flipping from the top of the spinning wheel, something happened, and unexpectedly, found myself air born.
Not hurt, a sense of disappointment overcame me, plus a bit of confusion, and a whole lot of colorful descriptives too numerous to list. I, mostly known as Hattie Cooks, shook off the pine shavings and hopped back on the merry-go-round of life.


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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Vicki, Thanks for reminding us about the “Read Aloud” feature. Wishing you all the best with Temporarily Out of Luck. It sounds delicious! 🙂

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    1. Vicki says:

      I was so excited to get a laptop because my old desktop didn’t do read aloud.

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  2. Love your way with words, Vicki. I’ll be sharing this. 🙂

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    1. Vicki says:

      Thank you, Marsha!

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  3. Kathryn Jane says:

    Vicki, I love your excerpt! And thanks for the reminder about Read Aloud–I keep meaning to give it a try because is seems like a perfect editing tool 🙂

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    1. Vicki says:

      Thank you so much, Kathryn! The excerpt scared me a bit when writing it because I’d not done anything like it before. But “merry-go-round of life” is so true. Try Read Aloud!!!

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  4. Reblogged this on Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author and commented:

    Vicki Batman​ shares her love of reading and how it fueled her passion to write on the Sisterhood of Suspense​ #blog. Stop by for a visit, we’d love to hear from you 🙂

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  5. Love your excerpt, Vicki. This sounds like a fun read! For editing, I like to download my WIP to my Kindle. It’s surprising how much you pick up reading it from a different format.

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    1. Vicki says:

      That is a most excellent idea, Jacquie! I’ve not done this. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    Wow…wonder if that feature is available on older versions of Word?
    Gonna have to check that out!
    THANKS for sharing
    Good luck and God’s blessings

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    1. Vicki says:

      It was not available on my old version in my desktop, Pam. Definitely worth upgrading to. Hugs!


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