It’s been a busy couple of months. My main project was copyediting a guidebook for a route through France. I really enjoyed working on this, although it did make me desperate for some croissants (and some sunshine).
I’ve also edited a big project for a brand who I’m doing some ongoing work for, and I’ve just started proofreading a collection of travel essays. It’s a deeply hopeful collection – a refreshing break from the news at the moment.
I’ve also been working on a couple of smaller projects, including a literary short story. I really like getting stuck into longer manuscripts and spending a couple of weeks on one text, but it’s definitely nice to break this up with shorter pieces as well.
What I’ve been reading
I raced through the rest of The Bone Season books by Samantha Shannon which was the best series I’ve read in a long time. The last one ended on an awful cliffhanger, so I’m now counting down rather desperately until 2024 when the next one is due to be released.
I’m currently reading Helen Mort’s A Line Above the Sky which I was lucky enough to be sent a proof of. I’m enjoying it a lot and will post a full review soon; it’s an incredibly special book and definitely an essential contribution to mountaineering literature.
What I’ve been doing
The high winds seem to have been relentless over the last couple of months, which
has made it tricky to spend as much time in the mountains or the sea as I’ve wanted to. Still, I’ve managed a couple of very cold and brief swims (helped by some new super warm swim socks), and have spent a lot of evenings running up and around the local hills.
We’ve also had some brilliant sunsets recently which have made me very excited for the return of long summer evenings. Winter has felt like a bit of a let down without any decent snow to play in – I've only managed to put my crampons on a grand total of once so far – so I’m keen to get back to some warmer climbing days instead!