Day 4 ~ 200 Words

Ernest Hemingway's house- Key West, FL

Ernest Hemingway’s house- Key West, FL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Found out that part of the premise for my post for Day 1 was inaccurate. Apparently, in my eagerness to use the phrase “throw the baby out with the bath water” my addled brain changed the “slogan” for painful editing from the original “killing your darlings” to “killing your babies”.  My somewhat feeble mind forgot the real formula for editing out favourite passages of our written work.

In remembering it incorrectly, I got to use the colourful if puzzling cliché “throw the baby out with the bath water.” And, if I had used the correct phrase, then the post would not have made sense, as we generally do not throw our “little darlings” out with the bath water.

Memory is a lovely thing. Sometimes fallible. Sometimes it twists things around to make them work. That is apparently what I did with Hemingway’s words (the originator of this phrase according to my source, Nancy, a member of my writers’ group).

So in the interest of full disclosure and as much accuracy as I can summon – this is my correction—take it for whatever it is worth. (Read Day 1 if this is confusing).

Published in: on July 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm  Comments (15)  
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  1. What a great phrase! 🙂
    I love the house – it looks very grand 🙂

  2. no harm no foul.

  3. No big deal. I do these kind of things all the time!

    • Thanks for your support – at least it provided fodder for another 200 words!

      • See, good things sometimes come out of little mistakes.

      • sometimes that is true – got another 200 words out of it

  4. No harm done my friend, happens to everyone 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. I personally like your version better. Makes for more interesting visual images. 😉 (I swear I don’t have violent, gory tendencies)

  6. And you took advantage of it to make a post. That’s great improvisation. 🙂

    • See you are a smart girl too – we take advantage of our mistakes. And I must use the word improvisation in a post — I like that word and it is really how we have to approach a lot of life.

  7. Sheesh LouAnn – I just rushed that off cause I happened to know the phrase and thought I’d share! I chuckled over your version! Am chuckling still thinking of you killing “your babies” – your written ones that is! Your other babies are delightful!

    • Hey–it was great fodder for another post – thanks. And your babies are quite delightful too!

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