I hooked up with a great company last month that has been keeping me as busy as I like to be. They are TNQ in Chennai, India. I copyedit books in the genre of science, technology, and medicine (STM) that will be published by Elsevier. TNQ has a wonderful staff, very kind and organized. And, they have a great content management system. The book chapters come to me pre-edited with the formatting and references already completed. I edit the language to ensure it is correct and clear. Then, I send the chapter back for all the postediting. I only have to focus on the language, which is the part I love.
So far, I've worked on books about man-made crystal growth, translational regenerative medicine, innovations in electricity transmission and distribution, mucosal immunology, and bioenergy. I find the books that I've been working on to be very interesting.
This job essentially came to me. That is always the best kind. Elsevier inquired at UCSD for great talent in copyediting academic STM texts. One of my former professors recommended me. In the past year since I had class with her, Lourdes Venard has become my mentor and friend. I am so very grateful for all her support. She is such a generous woman. Not only has she given of her time and wisdom, not only did she get me a job, but I just stopped by the post office and there was a gift from her! She sent me a fun messenger bag with the Sisters in Crime, Guppies Chapter logo. I proofread their newsletter for Lourdes. It is a quality publication that I look forward to reading...er, proofreading every quarter. The Guppies certainly have some extraordinary talent.
So, that is what is going on with me. I love working from home. I have a beautiful farm. It's so nice to be able to run outside for a few minutes when I need a break. Today, I planted some spinach, watered the garden, milked the goats, fed the rabbits freshly picked veggies, played a trivia game with my son, and fed my sourdough--all on my breaks. It's a good life.