Going in the right direction – but still a way to go

The featured photo today is of the Humber Bridge – chosen simply because I remembered that it’s a year ago this week that I captured the image. I used my Pentax K-1 camera with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens at 24 mm and ISO 100 at 1/100 seconds and an aperture of f/11. No filter was used. As the image shows I was almost directly beneath the bridge when I took it to show its leading lines.

The link between the photo and my writing blog is that proof reading is a journey and, at the start, you know the direction to take but the end looks a long way away across troubled waters.

I’m now halfway there in terms of total pages and I’m learning myself from the process, but it’s hard work to do it with the thoroughness it requires. I’d expected it to be mainly a matter of punctuation and grammar. I’m finding that clarity and conciseness are are also central together with more subjective areas that deserve to be discussed – rather than merely commented on using the Review Pane of Word.

I’m taking a break now to do some research for my own book. Writing about events in the year 2005, even in a work of fiction, requires some familiarity with matters that would have shaped the mindset of characters. A general election was announced in the month my story starts – I’d forgotten that. I’ve been trying to discover what was shaping the UK economy, what was popular on television, in fashion, in music and books – even in computing, mobile phones and cars. The knowledge won’t appear as lists but some conversations and descriptions will be shaped by it. I hope to resume my work on the book early next week.

For anyone who may follow this blog – the new cable connector worked.

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