Plague doctors. Post-apocalyptic wastelands. Dragons. 2021 looks exciting! Of course, I’m talking about the proofreading and editing work I’ve got booked in. Familiar territory! With some new challenges. 🐲I’m doing a 450000-word fantasy boxset in January to ensure accuracy and consistency throughout. Can’t wait to get stuck in. 😷 In February, I will proofread aContinue reading “What I’m editing in 2021: fantasy, post-apoc and more!”
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What is Cumberland and Westmorland dialect?
Driving yam for Christmas? I’m not. Not this year.🚗 Yam is Cumberland and Westmorland dialect for home. As garn yam means I’m going home. I love my home dialect. It’s so colourful. I sometimes find standard English variants don’t cut the mustard and don’t quite mean what I want to say. Take waffy. You couldContinue reading “What is Cumberland and Westmorland dialect?”
What is the plural of reindeer? Is it reindeer or reindeers?
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Son: Mum, why is Rudolph not on my jumper? All the other ones are there. Me: Some people don’t consider Rudolph to be one of the traditional reindeers. Son: Reindeer. 😂 Touché, boyo.
December 15th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.
It’s only 10.45 and I’ve already saved The World. That’s the name of the novella I’ve proofread this morning. 🔎 Here are my top #proofreading spots from the manuscript. 1️⃣ The wyvern’s took to the air. ❌ ➡ wyverns ✔ 2️⃣ “I feel like a raised you.” ❌ ➡ I raised ✔ 3️⃣ She didContinue reading “December 15th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.”
How can an accountability group help me achieve my goals?
I’m going to blow my own trumpet and reflect that, career-wise, 2020 has gone well. 🎺 This is in no small part due to the motivating coaching call I had with Lisa Carlin back in May. As soon as I came off the Zoom, I sent out feelers to a few others in the sameContinue reading “How can an accountability group help me achieve my goals?”
Why is there no meat in mincemeat? Etymology.
❓ Why is there no meat in mincemeat? 💡 It’s because the word ‘meat’ has undergone a process of semantic change. 🥗 Meat used to mean food in general, not just animal flesh. 🍇🍊 So all of your dried fruit you’ve chucked in your mixture – it’s all food. It’s all minced. It’s no misnomerContinue reading “Why is there no meat in mincemeat? Etymology.”
Is it loose or lose? And other top proofreading spots.
🔎 Today’s top #proofreading spots from an adventure Bildungsroman. Including loose vs lose, amongst others… ❌ All hell broke lose ➡ loose ✔ ❌ a eighth ➡ an eighth ✔ ❌ hypthesis ➡ hypothesis ✔ 🔎 A lot of people make the lose/loose error, but it’s usually the other way round. I think it’s becauseContinue reading “Is it loose or lose? And other top proofreading spots.”
Is it deduce or deduct? And what is a deduction?
❓ Deduce or deduct? 🔎 Let Sherlock Holmes be your guide. 🕵️♂️ When Sherlock Holmes works something out, he deduces. He reaches a conclusion based on the facts that he has uncovered. 💰 Whereas, deduct means to subtract or take away. HMRC deducts tax from your pay. 🖊 For the verb form of these words,Continue reading “Is it deduce or deduct? And what is a deduction?”
Best proofreading or editing spots? When the name of something has changed. Consistency is the key.
🔎 Want to know my all-time favourite type of proofreading spot? When I catch that the name of something has changed. 🍦 Like the same ice cream parlour with two different names in two different chapters. 🏘 Or the same street with two different names in two different chapters. 📄 I catch these inconsistencies byContinue reading “Best proofreading or editing spots? When the name of something has changed. Consistency is the key.”
October 20th 2020. Top proofreading spots.
🔎 Top #proofreading spots from a manuscript I’ve been working on today. ❌ She thrusted the blade 🔪 ➡ thrust ✔ ❌ We were on route 🚗 ➡ en route ✔ ❌ The community were celebrating 🎉 ➡ was celebrating ✔ So, we have an irregular past tense verb, a French borrowing and an agreementContinue reading “October 20th 2020. Top proofreading spots.”