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Sue Burke
Proofreading is fun (!) 
19th-Dec-2008 08:24 pm
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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.

Comments 
20th-Dec-2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
YOU are a great and creative writer. This job is your calling. I love reading your works. Thanks for sharing some of the traditions in Spain with us.
20th-Dec-2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I hope to do even more of that in the coming year. And I always enjoy your work, even if I don't always remember to say so.

Happy holidays!
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