Yes, I’m copy-editing on Christmas Eve. (Don’t have much choice.) But at least I’m getting some entertainment out of it: discovering, for example, that I described someone’s manner as “both sheepless and helpless.”

Sheepish. Not sheepless. Though it’s true he has no sheep, it’s not really relevant to this scene.

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  1. arielstarshadow

    And for some reason, the first thing that popped into my head was “Sheepless in Seattle.”

    I don’t know, I just live in this brain.

  2. green_knight

    Just remember, caffeine is no substitute for sheep.

  3. shui_long

    So the sheepless character in question won’t be able to assert the [alleged] ancient privilege of a Freeman of the City of London…

    Freedom of the City

    Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

  4. Anonymous

    Hopefully, this isn’t a werewolf character, or being either sheepless or helpless might be a serious problem…

  5. malsperanza

    Sure–sheepless is the opposite of sheepish; synonyms are disdaunt, cockcertain, and ept.

  6. cloudshaper2k

    A sheep was a critical accessory to the Victorian man’s ensemble. Why to be in London and sheepless was a social faux pas of the highest order! One could ruin business and marriage prospects were one’s lack of sheep discovered. A sheep tagging along at a man’s heels told everyone “I’m important! I’m a man of wealth, prosperity, and deviant sexual tendencies that would shock proper society and make me the subject of Regency romances in another century.”

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