Thursday, March 13, 2008

I Goofed, Now what do I do?

Have you ever said a word you shouldn't have? Made a remark that was cutting or inappropriate? Do you have a tongue? Then I guess you have. James 3:7 (The Message) "This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can't tame a tongue—it's never been done."

But after you've done the wrong, what do you do? A friend of mine, an author, came into this disagreeable situation, only hers was in print, 5,000 times or more, for everyone to see.
Yowsers! So what did she do? She put out her apology as many places as she could. Here it is:

From author Linda Windsor. My heartfelt APOLOGIES regarding Wedding Bell Blues. I had two regrettable errors in this publication that, when called to my attention, I didn't at first believe it.
I didn't remember my hero having a Rhett Butler moment when he said "D_mn, I still love you, Alex."
And while I'd written unsaved character Sue Ann exclaiming, "Oh my g_wd!" with the intent of convicting Sue Ann of its blasphemy in her own book #4, I changed her mind after discussing it with my editor and deleted those occurences rather than offend anyone. Well, I missed one. The GOOD NEWS is that these have been removed from future printings and book club issues.
To anyone who read Wedding Bell Blues and was offended, my humble apologies. I'd written this book after my husband died and during those months of brain fog, I almost stopped writing because it was so hard to put coherent thought together. Then I turned it in months late, which put my publisher in a bind as far as getting the usual multiple editings. This was the result. Granted, I must have written these blunders or they would not have been there. For that, I can only ask for your forgiveness and understanding.

How many of us would have just asked God to forgive us and left it at that?
You know that old "go the extra mile" thing? It's usually for carrying a burden an extra mile, but what if it were applied to going an extra mile to find someone and apologize? Do you think that would make a difference in our world?
I do.

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