Proof reading: getting there

My featured photo today is of a harvest in the process of being gathered in – but not quite there. That’s a bit like my proof reading task – just twenty-six pages to go, but the job won’t be complete until they’re checked and I’ve agreed the changes with my wife, the author.

The photo was taken three years ago on my first dslr – a Pentax K-50 camera with a 16 megapixel, apsc sensor. That camera’s shutter mechanism failed a couple of years ago. I used the 18-55 mm kit lens that came with the camera to take this shot at 42.5 mm. The camera settings were: ISO 100, aperture f/14, and shutter speed 1/100 seconds.

I’m enjoying proof-reading the book. Although I have to be pernickety when checking, I still have time to enjoy the plot and get inside the heads of the characters. I like the way that the elements of the story are coming together and I’m looking forward to discovering the ending – to see how well I’ve guessed the punchline/s.

Although this is my wife’s first book, there are many ways in which I feel she has told her story better than I did in mine. I’ve also learned a lot from hearing what some friends have had to say. I’ll try to put those lessons into practice in my current opus.

It’s only been a few days since I put my own book aside for what I’ve been doing, but I’ve almost forgotten what I’d been thinking. I need to re-read my draft from the beginning; to think my way back into the characters’ lives and natures; and, to try to recall what I’d planned to do next to develop my story. I hope to be able to re-start on Tuesday at the latest.

I’ll know better tomorrow. Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend – whatever the weather.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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