What's happened at Transformations Editing since I last posted?
- Over the summer, we sold one home and rented another. (The search for a house to buy continues... sigh.) Our rental house fulfills two major dreams I've had for years: I finally have a dedicated office, and we have a hammock in the backyard. The hammock is every bit as wonderful as I expected--more so, actually. I'm convinced that there is nothing in the world like lying suspended under a blue sky and old trees. Weeks ago, when it was still warm and the trees were still in full leaf, I passed an hour or so lying there, listening to soft bluegrass radio coming from our neighbor's house and poking around on the iPad. It was as perfect an hour as I've had in ages.
- Speaking of perfect and of houses, I heard what I consider to be a perfect short story on the radio over the summer. Please listen to Wells Tower's "House Dutiful," the story of his seemingly hopeless plan to renovate his father's dilapidated house. Tower's characters and places are fully evoked, absolutely there and real--and he does not waste a single word in the telling. There is no sentimentality, only emotional truth. It is heartbreaking and funny, and I would not change a word of it.
- I've been working quite a bit, mostly for my primary clients. Recent projects have included editing books on project sponsorship and contractor selection; proofreading books on teaching statistics to middle- and high school students; and proofreading articles for two math education journals.
- What I haven't been doing is reading much for pleasure. I haven't been to the library in more than two months, which is unbelievable and certainly unprecedented. I did request The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry from our local branch, but I imagine it will be 2013 before I see it--I was number 150 or so on the wait list.
- I have, mostly late at night, been making my way through The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and her Family. It's an engrossing, personal look at the everydays of a Japanese housewife and her husband and kids in early '90s Tokyo.
- I also have been thinking a lot about blogging in general. I read dozens of personal blogs (and a few editing and writing blogs), and I'm finding myself more and more annoyed with the State of Blogging. Personal blogging seems to be devolving into a frantic swirl of product giveaways, sponsored posts, and begging for "likes," and it's just not interesting. I had to remove a blog I have been following for some five years from my reader yesterday because the blogger--a talented and funny writer--has made so many commercial posts in the last few weeks that I can't remember the last time she just wrote.
Phew. Now I remember why I don't post more: writing is tough. I feel, in the immortal words of Britney Spears, like I'm at Harvard.