Now is the time of year when parents are, quite gratefully, dispatching their little darlings back to the care of their teachers. It is the beginning of a new school year, greeted with relief after the long summer holidays of having to find things for the kids to do to keep them busy and occupied and not bored.
I don’t have children, nor am I really returning to an educational establishment. I am, however, setting my own deadlines for one of those distance courses which I started about six months ago, and have been a little lax in completing. I think I read somewhere that most of their students complete it within three months. Oops. Hare and the tortoise, hare and the tortoise.
Anyway, back when I was job-hunting, and remembering quite how much I hate having to do that, I decided that I would make the most of what is a temporary sojourn for my husband’s PhD, and focus on the sorts of things which I want to do with my life, even while I have to be the breadwinner, because students. So I started a distance course in learning to proof-read and edit, because I really like working with books, my previous job being in book-supply. Whether I ever make a career as a proof-reader or editor is another matter entirely, and not one which bothers me overly at this stage. At the very least I hope it will help me to edit my own writing better.
Of course, having begun this course, I then discovered that having two jobs – because my old employers then employed me on a part-time, freelance basis, and I have a full-time day job in administration – was not quite so compatible with everything else which I do in my spare time, including completing this course. I’m currently hovering on Lesson 4, which involves learning all the proof-reading symbols.
And so, with all the Back to School signs in the air, I have decided to revive this blog as a means to try and get myself back on track and encourage me to complete this course. I will also be attempting to write some of the stories which I have been planning and making numerous notes for. Again with the probably biting off more than I can chew. I fear I shall be sacrificing sleep…