What I've been working on
It’s always interesting to look back over the last couple of months and see how varied my work has been. I’ve just finished an enjoyable copyedit of a walking guidebook for some stunning routes.
I do some ongoing work for a big company, and I’ve been busy doing a variety of jobs for them over the last couple of months including proofreading videos, editing newsletters and editing training materials online. It’s quite refreshing to be able to slot these shorter jobs in around full book edits which I might be working on for three or four weeks.
And as ever, there’s been some shorter jobs for independent authors slotted in as well, including a couple of fantastical stories which I absolutely loved, and a couple of sample edits followed by booking in the manuscript for a date in the future. (If you’re reading this and contemplating enquiring about a proofread or copyedit, get in touch to discuss a free sample edit and no-obligation quote for your manuscript.)
What I've been reading
I’ve recently re-read The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern which is quite simply one of my favourite books of all time. The first time I read it, I raced through it because I was so desperate to know what happened and ended up spending the last third of it quite confused. I read it much slower this time, did not get confused, and enjoyed it even more.
It’s a book that I’m always slightly not sure I’d recommend it to many people though – if you love stories and stories about stories then this is probably right up your street, but I can definitely understand a lot of readers just finding it a bit too much of a maze.
I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks with a rush of exciting books to review, including More Fuel You by Renee McGregor, Born to Climb by Zofia Reych and Smart Climbing by Dr Rebecca Williams.
What I've been doing
I went on holiday! Out of the UK! For the first time since Covid! We had a fantastic couple of weeks ski touring in Italy and France. I was pleasantly surprised to find I wasn’t anywhere near as rusty on skis as I was expecting, that being back in big mountains didn’t feel too daunting, and to rediscover that exploring on skis really is my favourite thing in the world.
Since then, I’ve been enjoying all the sunshine and the start of summer – lots of climbing, lots of sea and lake swimming, and plenty of time in the mountains. I missed out on a lot of last summer with long covid which I'm still having some issues with, but I’m so happy I'm able to be much more active this year.