I love the WordPress proofreader, it definitely helps my writing. Occasionally though, I find myself clicking “Ignore suggestion” when I’m attached to something that has been overly passively written. By me. As I click ignore, I feel uncomfortable and ask myself “What do you think you’re James Joyce?” So how would the proofreader handle Joyce? Well here it is, complete with spelling errors, hidden verbs, the passive voice and link, photo and article suggestions (Who knew God had his own Wikipedia page. Do you think he ever goes in and edit’s it?) , one of my favorite Joyce passages from Ulyses:
Why have women such eyes of witchery? Gerty’s were of the bluest Irish blue, set off by lustrous lashes and dark expressive brows. Time was when those brows were not so silkily seductive. It was Madame Vera Verity, directress of the Woman Beautiful page of the Princess Novelette, who had first advised her to try eyebrowleine which gave that haunting expression to the eyes, so becoming in leaders of fashion, and she had never regretted it. Then there was blushing scientifically cured and how to be tall increase your height and you have a beautiful face but your nose? That would suit Mrs Dignam because she had a button one. But Gerty’s crowning glory was her wealth of wonderful hair. It was dark brown with a natural wave in it. She had cut it that very morning on account of the new moon and it nestled about her pretty head in a profusion of luxuriant clusters and pared her nails too, Thursday for wealth.
And just now at Edy’s words as a telltale flush, delicate as the faintest rosebloom, crept into her cheeks she looked so lovely in her sweet girlish shyness that of a surety God‘s fair land of Ireland did not hold her equal.
- Gerty Buns (spoonful.com)
- How-To: A Natural-Looking Brow (bellasugar.com)
- A poem by the first Irish man to die on Hunger Strike. (fiannaiochta.wordpress.com)