Proof reading – stage One accomplished

Beat out that rhythm on the drums – Todays featured photo is chosen to celebrate my having reached the end of my initial read through of my wife’s first book – a novel entitled ‘Bees in their Bonnets’. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the plot, but it was tiring on my eyes, peering to try to find punctuation issues such as speech marks omitted or wrongly placed; comma plus stop combinations, or double full stops; omitted question marks, extra spaces and so forth. Then there were matters such as, ‘in this particular case is a comma essential before ‘but’?’ Or, is it really essential to have a comma after ‘so’ in this case. Again, there were questions about the choice between commas, semi-colons and colons. Most of the above were easily answered, but in other cases the meaning of a sentence hung on the decision.

Tomorrow, the baton passes to Margaret’s daughter, who has much more recent experience of proof reading. She used to peer review and proof read academic papers alongside her own research. I have no doubt that she will find lots of things that I have missed – in addition to mistakes that I have introduced.

Tomorrow is when I must begin to find my way back into my own book – A New Tangled Tango. After three or four days away I’ll probably find many things that I would now wish to change before I continue with my plot.

The photo today was taken seventeen years ago during a Summer Music Festival in St Helens, Merseyside. The camera was an early type of digital compact camera – an HP Photosmart 735 with 3.2 megapixel resolution, 16 Mb internal memory, 3x optical zoom and a slot for an SD card. The settings according to the Exif data were: ISO 100, 1/400 seconds, f/2.7 and 8.95 mm focal length.

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