Sue Burke (mount_oregano) wrote,
Sue Burke

Proofreading is fun (!)

I am working part-time as a proofreader for a workbook for high-school-level English students in Spain. Amazingly, it's fun.

For me, at least. Your mileage may vary. My mileage surprised me. I took the job because, well, it was a job. The economy in Spain is in the same crash-and-burn mode as elsewhere.

I think I know why I'm having fun. I used to like to do crosswords, word puzzles, and other games like that. I stopped doing them only due to lack of time.

But now I'm being paid to solve an especially complicated puzzle. Errors of all sorts creep into texts, as we writers and editors know to our sorrow. A workbook with many interrelated, technical parts seems to attract errors. My job is to ferret them all out.

And I get paid to do it. These days any paid work feels good. What a plus to discover I enjoy this kind of work.

Tags: personal, writing

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