I’m having a rough January. My order queue and inbox is like a revolving door from a parallel universe populated by people with the average IQ preschool children. One buyer is driving me so crazy that I am now going to have to ban them.
So far, this person has placed several orders with me. That’s great. The problem is they keep butchering my writing after delivery, before asking me to rewrite sections of perfectly written text for no reason.
With their latest order, I finally lost it and politely asked if they could point out why they think my writing needs reworking. Specifically, this excerpt:
A healthy, well-maintained car engine pays dividends. Maintaining an engine properly reduces the likelihood of breakdowns. Regular maintenance also prolongs the overall lifespan of your vehicle.
People are healthy not objects. Engines are not organic or alive.
In short, it is clear that this person has absolutely no comprehension of how the English language works, All their past revisions now also make perfect sense. They can’t comprehend metaphors.
I have attempted (stupidly) to explain why there is nothing wrong with my work. However, this has only resulted in the buyer musing sarcastically that they will probably have to order from a native English writer next time.
Needless, to say, I’m not going to lose sleep over this. I actually want to block them right now. However, I can’t really do so until their order is marked as complete.