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SfEP chartership

The big news at the SfEP is that we are going to try for chartership. This means that in due course you can become a chartered editor, or chartered proofreader. It means we will have a certified qualification, and all our courses will be accredited. Exciting, eh?

But don't wait up. It's going to take years for us to get there. Years and years. One of the problems facing us is to try to determine the 'editor' population out there in the UK. That's stumping us at the moment. Any ideas?
add comment | read comments (0) | 2017-03-05

METRO 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

I finally got to the end of this 'terrifying underground cult bestseller', but it was a bit of a struggle. There were three reasons why.

Firstly, the style is very 'Russian'. It's convoluted, monotonic; sometimes people say things that just don't register; sometimes things happen that nobody seems to take any notice of. Okay, it's just a style. Maybe you'd get to grips with it better than I would.

Secondly, the hero of the novel spends all his time moving from one underground unpronounceable station to another; each station has a different culture, mostly all very downbeat and degenerate. I got a bit tired of following a metro map. Okay, you might live better with that than I did.

Thirdly, the timescale doesn't seem right. The world has been blasted by a nuclear holocaust; the few humans that remain are huddled in the metro; but all around are weird forms of life formed by radioactivity. Above ground are giant birds, strange four-legged predators apparently descended from librarians; the Kremlin has been taken over by a gigantic primordial oil-based soup. All this is less than fifty years? I don't think so. This problem permeated my thoughts as I ploughed through the book, and rather spoiled it for me. Now that I've pointed it out, it would probably spoil it for you, too.

It's not a bad book. I just didn't enjoy it all that much.

add comment | read comments (0) | 2017-03-05

After a While

Okay, I admit it, I've neglected my blog for a while. Thing is, rather surreally, too much has been happening. Family numbers decreased by one when we lost my mother, then zapped back up to full strength when my first grandchild made an appearance. More of him anon, no doubt.

My editing work has gone through the roof, and there's been lots of SfEP activity - more of that anon, too. And on top of all that, I am in the process of setting up a website and selling a fully fledged self published version of As They Grow Older. Definitely more of that anon.

Watch this space.
add comment | read comments (0) | 2017-03-01