A day spent proof reading

This post should have been published 27 August. I publish it today for completeness

The featured photo today was taken in the Queen’s House, Greenwich, London in early January this year. I stayed two nights in the Capital, taking lots of photographs in the city. I had planned my itinerary around London carefully because I knew beforehand what I wanted images of. This image was taken at one of two, planned, spiral staircase sites. What I hadn’t planned for was being told that I only had ten minutes to do what I needed because the building was about to be closed for a private wedding function. I handed in my tripod (forbidden!), received a receipt, and dashed to the foot of the staircase.

Having retrieved my camera from my bag, I lay on the floor, to the amusement of those passing by, while I checked a preview of a test shot, steadied my grip and fired away – twisting on my back to get as many angles as I could in the time.

I used my Pentax KP crop sensor camera, with a 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 16mm. My ISO was 1600, aperture f/3.5 and shutter speed 1/15 second.

The relationship between the photo and my writing blog for the day is that proof reading is, like climbing stairs, an uphill task – to be undertaken one step at at time.

Today I have read about a third of my wife, Margaret’s, first novel ‘Bees in their Bonnet’. My only prior proof reading experience of fictional literature was for my own first book – but it has come in handy. I now know how to format a book for Kindle written in Microsoft Word. That operation includes several automated phases including the use of Word’s Track-and-Trace, Styles, Find and Replace, Editor and File-Info-Inspect functions

Of course, automated tools are no substitute for line by line checks, looking not only at punctuation and grammar but also at things like improbabilities and impossibilities that have been overlooked. It’s quite a fulfilling task as well as being a very responsible one.

I haven’t had time to work on my own current book today – I’m writing this in advance to be posted tomorrow, Friday – because I want to switch off the computer to see if my new kettle lead connector is any better than the one I bought it to replace. If it doesn’t prove to work any better then I shall have to see what I can do about my BenQ graphics monitor, since it’s socket would then be the natural suspect for recent flaky connections. I only bought it at the end of January so it’s still under warranty.

Fingers crossed. I hope to be back with you on Saturday – even if I need to resort to my iPad.

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