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Keep on keeping on

28 May

Today is the last day of Scotland’s total lockdown (at least we think it is), so from tomorrow we will be able to visit family and sit in their garden or have a walk in the park with them. Very exciting. No longer will I need to feel guilty when I spend 10 minutes with my mum and sister after I have left their milk and bread in the shade for them to collect later. No longer will I fear driving with passengers. But yes, longer, will I live in fear that Covid-19 isn’t finished with us yet.

I am not alone in realising that things I thought were important, weren’t; and that things I took for granted were worth more than precious jewels. I don’t know when I’ll be able to meet up with my groups of friends for a real-life chat or be able to cough without planning my funeral. I don’t know when we’ll be able to get back to having family birthday parties (Zoom for me next week!)

What I do know, is that I have been very fortunate not to have lost anyone close to me. And that I have my little chicks at home with me, eating all the food, chatting until all hours and giving me fashion and IT advice. NB. I love ‘Snip’, why did no one tell me about it before?

I’ve been busy working too, with lots of essays for overseas students now Anglesised so that their tutors can mark the subject matter. Yesterday, I took my work into the garden and ended up with a burnt shoulder for my troubles.

I am also pleased to announce that my first edited book has now been published – the account of a local teacher’s round-the-world trip. Fantastic cover by the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio. If you want to find out more about my editing services, go to Beech Editorial Services.

Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 5

5 Dec

Success and Disappointments – not quite at the end of the year, but I’m Scottish, and if you think I’m blogging on Ne’er Day, you’ve got another thing coming (that, and the fact that I usually do my resolutions in August when the schools go back). So, no resolutions yet, but a little look back on the year: Publications – I was published in Pushing out the Boat, Postbox and the Reflex Anthology and I’ve got another publication pending; Wins – I won the Writing Quarter competition twice in January and July; Success – my proofreading and editing business, Beech Editorial Services started to bear fruit; Disappointments – I had a sniff at a book-sized publication, but unfortunately it didn’t come to fruition. Other Stuff – Pledged money to two crowdfunded literary ventures, one Extra Teeth has just arrived through my letterbox – a new magazine on the block, the other I will let you read about here. Alan Gillespie is an ex-G2 member.

Proofreading Service – Now Available

4 Sep

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front as I finished my proofreading qualification, and set about starting my business. You can see my lovely website here beecheditorial

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