The title of the post is actually a play on words.
I got the proof copy of The Gifted in the mail yesterday. I got out my red pen and my ruler and I've been marking up the book. The first mark was the hardest. I didn't want to defile my book! But after that first correction, things have been much easier.
The first time I went through, I measured the chapter headings and found weird spaces in odd places. I had a critical eye for just formatting.
The second time around, I am actually reading the book, looking for spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors. I am also looking for plot holes or things that don't make sense.
So far there are a lot of little things, but nothing really all that major. I'm about a third of the way through and am pleased with the results thus far. We're finally getting into the goods of the book...even though I think it's all "goods."
It is an incredible feeling to read this book and realize, "I did that." I'm not entirely sure I'll ever get over it.