Monday, January 08, 2007

What's Microsoft got against orcs, anyway?

So, I'm writing a novel. Actually, I'm almost finished a novel, I'm at page 99, word 58,042, and the villain has just revealed his villainousness to the entire world, and is about to explain his evil plan and then get punched right in the face. Right in the face. Now, thing about this novel is, it's fantasy, which means that there are a lot of words being used that don't, properly speaking, exist. My main character is an orc, he lives in Triskelon, the suburb of Little Klanahk, his name is Arthog Elfsbane. Now, I thought the spell-Czech had a hard enough time with my last book, but there at least four of the five main characters had names that it recognised. Not so for this one! Here, about none of the four main characters have approved-of names, and so every mention of them netted me the squiggly red line of shame. The red line that says "YOU HAVE MADE AN ERROR!" and suggests inappropriate replacements for names that are in fact correct. So here I am, writing away, drawing things to their grand conclusion, when I mention Farnoth Hammerfall (Arthog's former boss and current mode of transportation... it's an interesting book) and the spell check figuratively sputters, coughs, and dies. A little message pops up telling me that there are too many errors in this particular chunk of writing, so it's just going to stop displaying them... and all the little red lines go away. I out misspelled Microsoft Word! I am awesome!

2 Comments:

Anonymous dnon said...

Right click the words with red lines and click add.

1/08/2007 10:14 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

But I'm so lazy... so lazy.

1/09/2007 2:15 PM  

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