Writing on a Wednesday

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

It’s just past seven pm and I’ve managed to convince the little man to climb in bed and watch Scooby Doo. I don’t think he’s fallen asleep before ten at all in the past week. So, I’m trying to get him to bed earlier in hopes he’ll start to drift off sooner. Mainly so I can get some work done. As I sit here and type this, I know there are a few other things that must be done tonight. After all, I want to accomplish as much as I can in the time I have off.
My next stop is to take an editing exam that I’m really not looking forward to. I’m confident in my skills, I just dread spending 40 minutes answering questions when I’m already this tired.  Realistically, I should do two exams I’m so far behind, but I’m not sure if I could cope with that tonight.
So what’s with the exams? Well, I’ve hinted that I’m starting a new venture in 2012, those of you who follow me on Twitter (@ChristyKateSays) may have even seen the links to my new blog, so here’s the scoop. I have always had a natural talent for snark. In fact, I was the kid in grade school who pointed out everyone else’s writing mistakes. Yeah, I was popular (I also have a natural talent for sarcasm), so much so that the meanest kid in fifth grade nicknamed me Dictionary Davis (my maiden name).  Now that I’m all grown up, I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a grammar geek and a spelling snob. I get a thrill out of reading texts in search of poor punctuation and style inconsistencies, Bet you’re guessing I’m a lot of fun at parties, huh?
In my career, I am always the one tasked with proofreading all proposals and contracts written up by my manager before they leave the office. In my personal life, I work with a lot of teenagers heading into university and they always have me look over their essays before they print them off. My best friend even had me edit her essay answers on her first application as a doctor! So, I figure what better way to supplement my income when I’m working part-time after Scarlett is born than to do some freelance editing and proofreading. I already do freelance writing, but I’ve never been a huge fan of writing non-fiction (I do it for the money, it isn’t really a passion). Editing, on the other hand, is fun for me (yes, I know, I’m not right).
To get started, I set up a profile on Elance. I’ve been working on it for weeks, bit by bit, but tonight I think I added enough to get my feet wet. If you haven’t been on Elance and you’d like to do freelance… well, just about anything, you should check it out. They have jobs listed for everything from writers to programmers, design to admin support. Right now I am only using the free account. It’s limited, but until I can afford a monthly subscription, it’ll have to do. So far, I like the set-up, but I’m not going to lie, the back-stage applications which you use to complete and bill for work are very sophisticated and a little scary. I took the plunge tonight and submitted 9 proposals for editing jobs, so I guess if I’m lucky enough to land one I’ll have to learn the work area really quickly!
I have also set up a freelance blog of my own to advertise my services. My new blog, Proof & Polish (http://www.proofpolish.blogspot.com/) is now up and running, although it will be a few weeks before it’s settled. I’m adding new content and information to it daily. In the meantime, pop over and have a peek. I hope to pick up some business through it and would love your comments about it (anything—layout, colours, prices, let me have it!).
The site officially opens on New Year’s Day, so even though I’ll have my in-laws here celebrating, I hope to run some sort of promotional contest. Once I have the details worked out, I’ll post it here and there. After all, I am guaranteed to be the only one in the house that morning without a sore head. Well the monster, the 8-month-old niece, and me. Oh hell…


  1. I'm planning to post a list of editors and editing services on my blog in the New Year, so I'll be sure to add yours if you'd like me to. :)

  2. That would be brilliant! Thanks so much, Pippa!


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