If you are in the publishing industry, there is probably a lot you can tell me about widows and orphans! If you are not, then you are forgiven for being mistaken about the widows and orphans to which I am referring!
I am now a good way through the proofreading course which I started a few months back. I am still thoroughly enjoying it, but, instead of getting easier the more knowledge I gain, it’s getting harder! There is more and more to remember; new symbols, new terms, some of whose descriptions appear to me to be in another language at times. I get frustrated with myself, frequently, when checking the answers to exercises, and realizing that I haven’t spotted, what would appear to be, an obvious error! But then I remind myself that the exercises are part of the training, and that I should learn from them…and not repeat my errors. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing, would it?
Neck pain is proving to be a side effect, too. I am sitting properly, at a desk, on an office chair, and I’m aware that I should be conscious of my posture. However, constantly looking down at the course texts results in neck pain. Is it my age or is it just that it’s a different posture for me? Hopefully, it’s the latter and my neck muscles will adjust. Otherwise, it will be hell when I launch my freelance proofreading business and I’m inundated with work. Which, of course, I will be!
Hmmm…after a while, my eyes go a bit squinty, too!
As I said, I am really enjoying the course and I’m much more knowledgeable on the subject now than I was six months ago. I know I still have a lot to learn, and that I will continue to learn on the job, but that’s the way it should be. We should never stop learning.
What have you learnt today? There must be something! Leave a comment and let me know.
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