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May 13, 2013
Posted at 4:53 pm

Sibling Magus - Editing / Certs

--==( Sibling Magus )==--
Okay, I've not only finished chapter one, but chapter two as well. The issue I JUST realized I have is my editor told me a few months ago that he's having issues getting online - like I usually do. So, I'm going to be spending the next few days looking for an appropriate volunteer editor. I know I've had a few people send me short emails to let me know if I need any help in that area to let them know. Well, consider this notice.

And just so everyone understands what I'm looking for in my volunteer editor...

What I need in an editor is not only someone to spot the usual stuff (mis-used words, grammar issues, etc.) but to feel free to question characters' motives, point out continuity issues (e.g. If I said Seth's teacher was Ms. Fieldson and now I'm saying she's Mrs. Felder - though I go out of my way to keep up with names of all characters, but you get the idea), and generally make a nuisence of yourself by pointing out problems. I'm not one to cry at the first sign I've done something wrong, in fact, I expect that I will do something wrong on a regular bases and need help to spot such errors, so feel free to let me know where I've erred. Same goes with grammar issues. If you read something that simply makes no sense - especially in the context it's presented - feel free to yell at me about it. This is a no-holds-barred kind of volunteer editing gig. I don't expect you to drop every/anything else you're working on to work with me, but to feel you don't have to hold anything back when you see a problem.

If anyone is interested, shoot me an email, we'll discuss our respective schedules and such (because I'm NOT going to assume you have no life, like me ;) and we'll get to work.

--==( Training/Work )==--
This Wednesday night (5/15) is the webinar (siminar held over the web - for those who don't know) I mentioned previously. It only lasts an hour, I suppose as a sort of introduction to the training course. Hopefully, very soon, I'll start training and then working. I'm excited about this and a little scared. Lemme explain - No! Lemme sum up.

I went to DeVry to train in Computer Information Systems - or Programming, but I didn't last long. Every semester of school was costing more and more than what my student loans, Pell Grant, and GI bill would pay for. I ended up dropping out in the middle of my second year. So, while I certainly understand the concepts of programming, and have played around with Microsofts Visual Basic for over ten years, I've never written a program for anyone other than me to use. I honestly don't know how good my programming skills are.

Now, I'm about to start courses on becoming certified in Javascript programming. While I know where Java came from, the potential for its use, etc. I'm scared that I'll end up falling flat on my face when it comes down to it. It's been a long time since I've had any kind of opportunity like this (like several years), and I don't want to mess it up. I know, intellectually, that I just need to take things one step at a time, but all I keep seeing are all the things that could go wrong: attending class online while at the fire station and having to leave in the middle of class to go to a fire, missing too many classes due to such instances and failing, etc. We're trying to get internet at home so I can attend these classes without having to worry about internet use at the fire staion, but the earliest that will happen is probably in another month. I'm not currently working and the rest of our income goes to basic utilities, gas, and food. It's frustrating.

Anyway, thought I would let everyone know what's going on. :)