I nearly did it again. Did what? I nearly gave the ‘go ahead and print’ order for Tess of Portelet Manor. Thankfully however I called for yet another soft-copy proof.
With growing horror I’d marked up the previous, hard copy, proof with sticky flags. It was full of typeset errors where a word break at the end of a line led to white space after the penultimate word on that line. Advised that the corrections had been put through I was confident enough to give the print order – but I didn’t. Just as well. This latest proof has no fewer than 36 similar errors, plus a handful of typos which I’m sure I’ve identified before.
So it’s back to the printers, asking if they can give me a price for finally cleaning the thing up. It’s as well I like the story I’ve written as I can now recite it off by heart.
Meanwhile I’ve tentatively set off on my fourth novel. Hardly for the mass market this one. It will focus on real, modern-day slavery, alternating between the misery and cruelty bestowed on the slaves and trying to dissect and examine the money chain which enables the trade to happen. I wonder how readable I can make this! Not easy but I’m going to try.
And I’m also going to have a shot at a volume of short stories. This is a different discipline entirely and something I’m trying to learn as I go along. I’ve got a couple in the can which is, at least, a start.
And in other news my new Jersey Joggers group meet for the first time on 14th January. I have about 30 indications of interest, which is great. A big attendance will bring a number of little problems, but nothing that can’t be overcome. In addition I’ve just taken on a wider-ranging role in coaching the youngest members of Jersey Spartan AC, at least temporarily. I love coaching so it’s no real hardship.
And I’ve got to find time for tackling modules 6 – 23 of the course which will give me my higher qualification in throwing i.e. shot putt, discus etc.
All of which is a bit introspective and uninteresting for readers – my apologies. But I suppose it’s my version of looking ahead to 2013 and what’s on my plate. Now if someone would just do my full-time job (I get to keep the salary) then I’d be fine.
Now I have a week’s break, using up some of my 2012 leave entitlement backlog. The first thing I need to do is to catch up with my favourite bloggers, sadly neglected recently. I get so much enjoyment and inspiration from them that I’m looking forward to that.