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Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
« Reply #250 on: October 06, 2020, 09:50:41 am »
Apparently US English is the preferred spelling standard for international e-book publishers, even one nominally based in the UK. I wonder if that has more to do with the setting of the books (the ones I've worked on have usually been set in the US) or with the expected readership.

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    « Reply #251 on: October 13, 2020, 09:54:23 am »
    I've voted! That is, I filled out my absentee ballot and dropped it off at the post office. It should actually be collected today (since yesterday was a Federal holiday).

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    « Reply #252 on: October 20, 2020, 10:27:40 am »
    And indeed, my ballot was received by the county clerk's office. In New Mexico the Secretary of State's website allows you to track your ballot, which is appreciated in these times!

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    « Reply #253 on: October 27, 2020, 09:58:36 am »
    *grumble grumble* I shell out the money for the latest version of Microsoft Office because they're no longer supporting my old one ... and now the new program is giving me trouble. The old one may be vulnerable but at least it still works.

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    « Reply #254 on: November 03, 2020, 09:32:58 am »
    *grumble grumble* I shell out the money for the latest version of Microsoft Office because they're no longer supporting my old one ... and now the new program is giving me trouble. The old one may be vulnerable but at least it still works.

    I do have to say, though, that when I went online to get help from customer service, they were able to fix my problem.  The service rep's name may not really have been "Jeff Ellis", but not having English as his first language didn't prevent him knowing his business.

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    « Reply #255 on: November 10, 2020, 01:28:21 pm »
    And the next time the problem cropped up, I was able to fix it myself.

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    « Reply #256 on: November 17, 2020, 10:21:41 am »
    I find that New Mexico's renewed stay-at-home order doesn't greatly affect me. The fact is that I've been staying home, pretty much, since March.

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    « Reply #257 on: November 24, 2020, 01:48:46 pm »
    One down, three to go ... and another anticipated for mid-December.

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    « Reply #258 on: December 01, 2020, 10:14:21 am »
    The pandemic has made me a fan of Skype and Zoom, which enable me to keep in touch with family and friends.

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    « Reply #259 on: December 08, 2020, 09:15:16 am »
    Two down, third one almost ready to go.

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    « Reply #260 on: December 15, 2020, 09:50:26 am »
    Previous three all sent out (and paid for); now happily beavering away on the fresh one.

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    Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
    « Reply #261 on: December 22, 2020, 11:25:44 am »
    This seems like a good time to wish everyone who celebrates it a Merry Christmas!

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    « Reply #262 on: December 29, 2020, 09:12:50 am »
    Here's hoping for a Happy New Year to everyone! It's not like it'll have to work very hard to be better than 2020...

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    Re: Experienced Professional Proofreader Going Independent
    « Reply #263 on: January 12, 2021, 10:35:11 am »
    I signed up here in New Mexico to get the COVID vaccine ... eventually. I don't figure I'm particularly high-risk, so I'm fine with being a ways along in what a friend of mine calls the "jab queue", but I do put getting vaccinated in the "civic duty" category, along with mask-wearing and social distancing. No matter how much I've always hated getting shots. I'm no longer seven years old, so having to be dragged, literally kicking and screaming, to the doctor's office is no longer acceptable behavior.

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    « Reply #264 on: January 19, 2021, 10:13:19 am »
    Though apocalyptic fiction is not a (sub)genre I read recreationally, I will admit (from proofreading more than one lately) that at least it leaves me with a feeling of, "Well, things could be worse." Yes, we're in the middle of a pandemic, but at least it's not a zombie plague. And yes, we're dealing with domestic terrorism, but it isn't an EMP catastrophe or a global nuclear war.  :D

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