So, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with myself come August, when my current job’s contract will be complete, and I will need to have a different job. In brief, I have gone back and forth from calm serenity and trust in the universe and God to utter disaster, self-doubt, and depression.
Today, I happened to look into copy-editing, as a book I recently was given (I’ve only listened to the first bit so far) made it sound rather exciting. The article I found was quite nerdy and helpful, but I eventually moved thoughts elsewhere, and forgot about the copy-editing.
Later on, as I was thinking about what I had done at work for the day, – slept two hours, done some research on the computer, played on Facebook a bit (truly only a bit today), chatted with a couple coworkers (while they were around, anyway), sat on the floor while listening to music, used the bathroom several times, and looked up grammar and punctuation rules – I chuckled at the last one on the list.
“I just spent an hour looking up punctuation, because I wanted to. Can I just find a job that lets me do that kind of thing all the time?”
And then it struck me: Duh! Copy-editing.
I already love editing people’s e-mails and papers and letters and websites and such. That was part of what the article said as an early step to becoming a copy-editor, and I already do it…. and just for fun!
As my mom said when I mentioned copy-editing to her this evening (morning for her), it sounds terribly boring. Really, I agree with her completely on how it sounds. And yet, as I just mentioned on here, I already do it, and I do it for free and for fun. <– Yes. See that? I meant it, and still do mean it. I do the editing for fun right now, and there’s an actual paying opportunity for doing just that, so I think it would be well worth my time and effort to take strides in the official copy-editor direction. 😀