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Hey.

You are a grown man.

If you can't make it into the toilet without hitting the seat

SIT DOWN TO PEE!

Or have the common decency to wipe up after yourself.

Your mother doesn't work here.

(Shouldn't be her job anyway. You haven't been 12 in years. Grow UP!)

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So I just finished the forth in the Stephenie Meyers, Breaking Dawn.  I enjoyed it, as I have most of the series except for a few minor issues: Ms. Meyers's giddy infatuation with the use of the word "familiar" in book two; and Edward's very poor relationship choices.
The books were ok…the writing enough to keep me connected to the story, and the imagination interesting, and Ms. Meyers even credited one of the best bands in the world with being her…well…muse. (the band's name, Muse, is quite apropos, don't you think?)

Here's the beef:

Shenanigans to all editors who do not do their job!

This is your job, to make sure that there is consistency of character between books.  It's your job to point out when there are too many loose ends to end a series.  It's your job to suggest different vocabulary, when words get overused.  I also expect of you the kind of feedback that says "this is a week way to end a book" or "do you realize that the logical conclusion of the situation you've created is to come back to the very crisis this book revolved around?  Do you think that maybe you should do something to rectify that?", or point out any plot holes you may find. I expect you to act in such a way that the books become the best they could be. Seriously.  There are many a 700 page book that could be whittled down quite a bit into something better, and more concise. I find you editors are having issues.

Perhaps it was the book I read recently which glorified drug use amongst it's target audience…teenagers.
Perhaps it started with the rampant overuses of adjectives in my beloved Harry Potter books.
Maybe it is friends (such as shush now)  that have better unpublished stuff than most of the published things I'm reading.
It could also be my annoyance at reading the same thing from the same author regurgitated 8 times over, in 8 different books.
Who knows?  I just know that the average editors are not doing the job they were hired for, and the literary world is suffering as a result.

I know I can't be the only one thus annoyed.

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So I just finished the forth in the Stephenie Meyers, Breaking Dawn.  I enjoyed it, as I have most of the series except for a few minor issues: Ms. Meyers's giddy infatuation with the use of the word "familiar" in book two; and Edward's very poor relationship choices.
The books were ok…the writing enough to keep me connected to the story, and the imagination interesting, and Ms. Meyers even credited one of the best bands in the world with being her…well…muse. (the band's name, Muse, is quite apropos, don't you think?)

Here's the beef:

Shenanigans to all editors who do not do their job!

This is your job, to make sure that there is consistency of character between books.  It's your job to point out when there are too many loose ends to end a series.  It's your job to suggest different vocabulary, when words get overused.  I also expect of you the kind of feedback that says "this is a week way to end a book" or "do you realize that the logical conclusion of the situation you've created is to come back to the very crisis this book revolved around?  Do you think that maybe you should do something to rectify that?", or point out any plot holes you may find. I expect you to act in such a way that the books become the best they could be. Seriously.  There are many a 700 page book that could be whittled down quite a bit into something better, and more concise. I find you editors are having issues.

Perhaps it was the book I read recently which glorified drug use amongst it's target audience…teenagers.
Perhaps it started with the rampant overuses of adjectives in my beloved Harry Potter books.
Maybe it is friends (such as shush now)  that have better unpublished stuff than most of the published things I'm reading.
It could also be my annoyance at reading the same thing from the same author regurgitated 8 times over, in 8 different books.
Who knows?  I just know that the average editors are not doing the job they were hired for, and the literary world is suffering as a result.

I know I can't be the only one thus annoyed.

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I declare

SHENANIGANS!

Listen up Sonny-Jim.
I've worked with you for many years.
Age wise you should be an adult
Should being the operative word.
I used the restroom after you.
Apparently you don't know some of the basics, first one being:
FLUSH!

I know I do a lot of 'clean up' after your work, but that shouldn't carry over into the bathroom.
You can do it!  It's not that mentally taxing.
Don't make me come after you with the toilet brush.

SHENANIGANS!

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