Spinning my wheels, figuratively
Certainly not literally, since my @#$%ing car is in the shop. And racking up major $$$ in servicing as we speak.
I knew there was something wrong; whenever I would brake, the steering wheel vibrated like a Hitachi wand on High in my hands. Turns out the right front brake rotor is damaged. So both front rotors have to be replaced (you can’t just replace one), and since you can’t put new rotors on old pads, the pads have to be replaced too.
But wait, there’s more! I need new tires. And to top it all off, the rubber thingamajig that holds the axle in place (it’s called a boot, but I like my terminology better) is leaking. Mechanic says everything is normal wear and tear. I know I have a bad habit of misjudging distance (I have terrible depth perception) and crashing the right front of the car into curbs, so that certainly explains the rotor. Whatever. All I know is it’s going to cost a lot of money, which I’m not making.
Today, I was going to post another installment of “Uncommon Sense,” but I’m too scattered to give it proper justice. My next subject will be the ever-popular bratting/teasing/pranks, and how far is too far, etc. Does anyone have a topic you’d like me to cover? Anything that has to do with scene etiquettes and behaviors, and what one would assume would be common sense (but often isn’t). Y’all seemed to like the first installment last week, so I’d like to continue.
So, in a frenzy fueled with panic over money, I spent yesterday afternoon job searching. Through one of my freelance sites, I found a company I hadn’t seen before; one that hires proofreaders, editors and transcribers worldwide. There was a recruitment site where one could apply, so I went there, thinking it would be the usual “post your resume and references” bit, where one does so and then ends up in a great big cyberpile with all the other desperate applicants. However, this one took me directly to a test. Rather, the first part of a multi-part test. I had to pass this before I could progress any further.
Talk about intimidating! They state up front that these tests are challenging, and only 2-5% of applicants pass. That is not a typo; there are no zeroes missing. Two to five percent?? Ugh! As I plowed into Part 1, I could see why. It was freaking HARD, and demanded a lot more than simple proofreading. The first portion was a bit simpler, with multiple choice. But then they had 25 long and complex sentences. I had to indicate whether or not they were correct, and if they were incorrect (most of them were), I had to state why and then rewrite them properly.
A friend asked me yesterday what the difference is between proofreading and copy-editing. The simple answer is that the latter is more extensive than the former. A proofreader fixes typos, incorrect spelling and grammar, the obvious stuff. However, some writing can be grammatically correct and spelled properly — but still be lousy writing. Too many words when a few will suffice, words that are just a bit off, redundant, overwrought. A copy-editor has to know how to fix that and more.
For a tiny example, in one of the test sentences was the phrase “logical coherency.” The more obvious error is that the word is coherence, not coherency. But in addition, one of the definitions of coherence is “logical interconnection.” Therefore, “logical coherence” is redundant.
I worked long and hard on that test portion, second-guessing my answers and worrying that I’d missed some obvious gaffes. Finally, I said screw it and submitted it.
I passed!! 🙂 So now they sent me a link for Part 2. I know this is nuts, but I’ve been putting off going there; I’m wondering just how difficult Part 2 is going to be, since Part 1 was such a bitch. And get this: even if I pass Part 2, they still put me through a bunch more assessment tests to determine my skill level before they offer me a contract. They have four skill levels and pay accordingly with each. I’ve never seen such thorough testing in all my career.
No excuses. I can’t go anywhere, I’ve blogged, I’ve done all the odds and ends of chores, I’ve answered email. I’m going to go check out Part 2 of that freaking test now. Wish me luck.