At the end of October, my most rewarding piece of work to date drew to a close. From a personal point of view I feel a bit sad, but on another level I am so happy to have made a little contribution to something that will have a lasting impact on so many. I’ve helped to write myself out of a job, and in this case that’s a good thing. Read on to find out how I worked with the Aplastic Anaemia Trust as a writer and proofreader to develop their exciting new library of resources for young patients and their families.
It feels a bit wrong to say Happy New Year with everything that’s going on at the moment, so I’ll just say that I’m sending you my warmest wishes. I hope that 2021 is bright and healthy for you and your loved ones. In my closing social media message of 2020, I described the year as having felt like a run-on sentence – one of those really long ones that makes you feel a bit lost. That got me thinking about other editorial metaphors for these very strange times we’re living in. Here are six from me – let me know if you think of more.
Happy World Book Day! If you’re a parent of primary school children then you’ll look forward to World Book Day every year with either excitement or trepidation. Well, the day has finally arrived, and you’ve stepped onto the playground with your little ones. You stop. You look around. Here’s my little tongue-in-cheek commentary on who you’ll see.
A new year is always a good time for a new challenge. Dry January? Veganuary? I don’t drink a huge amount or eat a lot of meat anyway, but those options didn’t really appeal to me. Then I came across RED January – an initiative run in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity. RED stands for Run Every Day, but it’s also used in the colour sense to symbolise beating the January blues. By the end of January, I’d run for 31 consecutive days, and had covered 227 kilometres (141 miles). Here’s how I got there and why.
Thank you to all my clients, colleagues and friends for your support this year!