Are we nearly there yet?

The other day, I mentioned false summits. I shot my featured photograph today as I was preparing, with a friend, to traverse Crib Goch, a razor-edge ridge along our route to Mount Snowdon. The image shows, beyond two of the Pinnacles of the ridge, a series of summits climbing towards the trig point of Carnedd Ugain in the upper right of the picture. Although those minor summits are clearly visible from this angle, once you are on their lower slopes, all you can see is the next hilltop. Each time you can convince yourself that the next top is your destination – and each time but the very last one, you only realise your mistake once you breast the false summit that had tempted you.

It’s been a bit like that today. Yesterday, I thought that all I had left to do for the moment was to read my edited text today, and correct a couple of things that I might have missed. No sirree! Six hours after starting reading this morning, I am less than half way through. The basic structure seems fine, the plot seems credible and the sequencing is fine. It’s the telling of the tale that’s needing attention. It’s turned out to be more than punctuation and minor grammar problems. There are obviously going to be several more false summits to climb.

Word order has been a minor nightmare. I notice that a part of a sentence needs to go elsewhere in the sentence to avoid misinterpretation or to alter the impact of what’s being said. Sometimes a sentence, or two, would be better in an earlier or later paragraph for clarity. Then there have been places where I’ve missed out a word – or a letter from a word. More than anything though, I’ve struggled with choosing the best word to use in a sentence. Finally, I think – my brains addled by now – I’ve found lots of instances where I’ve needed to cut out bits of sentences where they added nothing to the meaning or, worse, detracted from readability.

So, that’s been my today. I hope that yours has been more fulfilling. I’ll wind up with my usual summary of the camera settings I used for the photo. I used a compact camera – I didn’t want to be carrying too much on that journey – it was a Panasonic Lumix DMC- TZ60. The ISO was 100, The aperture f/4, Focal length was 8.4 mm and the shutter speed 1/400.

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