Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name…

Hey. Remember me?

Considering Doctor Who is over again aside from the upcoming Christmas Special (and I notched up somewhere in the region of 25,000 words on Season 5), I thought it was about time I did a brief catch-up post just to prove that I have been doing other things than sitting in front of a TV and taking copious notes.

The main news is that just over a week ago, I found out that I’d actually passed my proofreading course. I’d spent just about a year working on it, I’d slightly messed up the fourth assignment, and I was determined to get this final assignment right – and as it turned out, I passed. With Merit. My calm and measured reaction was to leap up and down, run around the house and cackle like a lunatic. God knows how I’ll react when I finally get published… (Notice I didn’t say if there. Postive thinking! Oh yes!) But it’s been a long road, and now that I’ve also succeeded in updating and sprucing up my website (tidying away certain dead links, and so forth…), I’m going to be able to hunt down some more proofreading work and cast my net wide. On top of that, I’m going to be spending the next three weeks being pretty damn busy, as I’ve got three chunks of proofreading all intersecting with each other. More work means more financial stability, which is all very nice.

It just also means I’ve got to try harder to balance things out with work on my novel. Chill Out is progressing well – I’m up to about 140 pages of functional working second draft (with 400 pages of crappy first draft still to process). There’s new stuff to write, and holes to plug, but I’m on course to have the whole thing slapped together and ready for beta-readers to look at in the not-too-distant future.

I’m going to try and update more regularly. The blogging habit has slightly left me (partly thanks to the influence of Twitter, I suspect, where I’m pretty much a fixture). But I still like it here, and will show my face around the door a few more times. But in short, life is treating me rather well at the moment. There’s room for improvement, but there’s also plenty to be thankful for.

Must go now. Plenty to do. Not enough time to do it…

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