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Shire Proofreading Update – October 2023

The evenings are drawing in, and the great outdoors is just that little bit less inviting. Nevertheless, it’s good to wrap up warm and get out there. The autumn colours are stunning, and dappled sunshine on the bracken creates a russet glow. Walking gets the blood pumping and provides endless quirks of nature to wonder at. That’s what I’ve been doing when I get the chance.

What I’m working on

I had great fun producing the November–December issue of the North Duffield and Skipwith Round Up magazine. There are so many events happening in the two villages in the two-month run-up to Christmas, and it’s wonderful to see our communities raising so much money for local charities. Singing carols on the Village Green at the Christmas Lights Switch-on is a highlight, especially when mulled wine is on offer.

What I’m reading

As a proofreader, it comes with the territory to read prolifically. I thoroughly enjoyed On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming. My current read is Diana, Remembering the Princess by Ken Wharfe and Ros Coward.

What I’m learning

Having completed the suite of three proofreading courses offered by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, I’m now tackling Essential Proofreading offered by the Publishing Training Centre. I must be a glutton for punishment! However, continuous professional development is a must in this profession.

What I’m planning

I’m working towards expanding my proofreading business and gaining new clients.

What I’m looking forward to

I have a wonderful opportunity to attend formal hall at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge next month.

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