The Perils of Proofreading

Or should that be proof-reading? You'll see both, and sometimes also 'proof reading' as two words. My 1984 Oxford dictionary favours the hyphen, though most people these days seem to use 'proofreading' as a single word (I suspect it has become a single word in later editions of many dictionaries). So why does it matter? You all know what it means, right? Or maybe what it used to mean.

My dictionary defines proof-reader as "person employed in reading and correcting proofs". (Proofs being the printer's proofs ready for publication, exactly as the reader will see them - the word comes from a bygone age when printers had to set type before printing.) A better explanation in our digital age might be this from "Proofreading means carefully checking for errors in a text before it is published or shared. It is the very last stage of the writing process, when you fix minor spelling and punctuation mistakes, typos, formatting issues and incons…

Heroic & Historical

The unicorn has added a third collection to my Ampersand Tales series of short fiction. As with my earlier fantasy and science fiction collections, this book contains seven stories - plus a short bonus story about King Midas' wife. (The king who got the golden touch, remember him? Sounds good in theory, but he did go through rather a lot of wives...) FREE DOWNLOAD 3rd & 4th August!

You'll find the following stories in this book:
She Comes Who Brings Life Cassandra the Crazy (of Troy) The Fifty-Fourth Wife (the King Midas one!) Gladiator Girl Empire of the Hare* The Soldier Who Slew God Waiting at the Obelisk The Other Fallen Angel
* Empire of the Hare is also available as a free download for epub or 99p Kindle single.

A Chimera emerges from Lockdown

Out there in the Real World, there are rumours you have an Evilvirus on the loose (which I imagine as an invisible chimera, waiting to fry everyone with its fiery breath if you get too close... that's within "one metre plus" in England, or two metres in other parts of the UK because clearly Welsh chimeras breathe more fire than English ones). Meanwhile, safe here in unicorn country, things have been changing a little behind the scenes. You might have noticed this blog has now been combined with my website - or maybe my website has been combined with this blog? It all depends on your point of view.

So, for the time being, I (author Katherine Roberts) and my reclusive Unicorn Muse (who shall remain nameless because everyone knows names have power over magical creatures) will duel fiercely over the right to post - but post one of us will, at random intervals as before. What we want to know is this: as we all emerge blinking from Lockdown, including this chimera-like blog-w…