In The Beginning Before a piece of writing is published, it is raw rhubarb, sour to the senses. Granted, editing is much easier now than during the quill and inkwell days when supplies were dear and research meant visiting a library. But editing is still more the chore than treat. There will always be a better word to be found, a more precise image to be described, and a sweeter sound of rhyme. I suppose God wishes our useless appendix was so easily remedied. But then, that work took a mere seven days.