Monthly Archives: November 2010

See My New Link


I meant to post this before the following one. I want to make sure you see my new link under Tilden Editing Services and Most Visited. The link is BookRix; read free books online. I have written and “published” four “books” here; two complete, two still not finished. Please read them, rate them, and make your comments.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

While you’re there consider  joining those of us who are members of the group.


A Christmas Message for 2010


This is our 2010 Christmas newsletter as written by my wife.

Christmas 2010

We have had a year of changes. It was quiet until July.  Then Wayne had a big birthday, retired, and we moved – all in a day or two.

 We decided it was too much for us to take care of the house and yard, so we moved to a retirement community in Roseville, California; a few miles east of Sacramento.

Wayne retired July 16th; we moved on the 17th, so the 18th — his birthday — was our first full day here.

 We really like it here. We don’t have to worry about yard work, which makes Wayne happy. We have a housekeeper who comes once a week to clean the apartment and change the sheets on the bed.

 This was weird for me (MaryJane), at first, since it was what I had done professionally for years. Her name is Margaret, which is my sister’s name. I don’t even have to cook, either.

 We have found a church and they have a very active men’s group.  I’m (MaryJane) still looking for a place for me. I have some ideas to find a women’s group. There is a new church not far away that should be what I’m looking for.  I will go to a women’s Bible study there.

 We miss you, Gateway!

 We are just learning to get away and go for rides now again.  We are content to sit at home together all the time and forget to get out into “the world”.  There are lots of things to see around here; it is very beautiful.  We have never even come through this way except to get “somewhere else”.

 The leaves on the trees are beautiful right now.  We get colors. And word has it snow will be very close in the next few days. 

Real Seasons!  WOW! 

We have made many new friends in this community, but we certainly miss you all.  It seems like we are so far away from all of you.

 Please know that you are all loved and that we think of you often.

 We wish you all a most Blessed Christmas
And a Prosperous New Year

 Love,
Wayne & MaryJane
MaryJane & Wayne
Tilden


I am Doing More Writing


Yes, it’s true. Lately I’ve been doing more writing than previously. I have found two new outlets in the past few months. One, HubPages, I have been posting to for a number of months. Then, recently, I found a new site, BookRix; read free books online. This has given me an opportunity to post longer items – books and plays – which have never been accepted for publication, unfinished works, and even previously published books. I invite and encourage you to come to either one and read what I’ve written.

However, that does not mean I’ve given up on the editing and proofreading. In fact, I am seeing that the more I “practice” my writing the more I am beginning to notice errors and poor formatting. My writing is honing my proofreading and editing skills. After many years, that is a good thing. Continue to keep me and my services in mind for your editing needs; and don’t forget to recommend me to your friends in the writing business.

Personally, now, we are – or maybe aren’t – planning a trip the end of this month to visit family and friends for the “post-Thanksgiving” holidays. My sister and my brother are both in San Bernardino County (California) and we haven’t seen either of them in over 4 years, so the trip is Definitely due!

Retirement is both too much and too little the way I’d hoped and imagined. We can come and go as we’d like, but we don’t. We can go and join community activities, but we often forget when they are, or we just “sleep” right through them. We don’t have to cook or clean house, but sometimes the food isn’t something we would normally choose, and we always have to straighten up before the housekeeper comes on Thursdays.

If we had a little more income we could do a little more. If we didn’t have three separate checks coming in at two different times of the month we’d be more successful at getting all our bills paid correctly. (For 21 years we had two check coming in within days of each other. It was always easy to set up and pay everything at the beginning of the month.)

So … now everything is different. Sometimes we even regret having moved OR retired. And, of course, sometimes we can’t imagine trying to get by if we hadn’t. I guess the most important thing is to keep our priorities straight.

Well, thanks for hearing me out. I always appreciate your comments and your encouragement(s). I’ll be looking for them!

~ Wayne ~


Editing … Proofreading … & Writing


I am “celebrating” another afternoon to myself. My wife, MaryJane is lying down – sleeping (?) – so I don’t expect to be disturbed for “a while”. We are finally having “strange” – i.e. Fall – weather here. Fog and rain one day, clear and windy the next, warm and sunny, followed immediately by more rain. They say “we’ll get used to it”. I say, at last, a chance for some distinguishable seasons.

I think I mentioned last time that I will be doing a final proofread before publication for a new client who is putting her book into an eBook format.This should be a little different for me, but also an exciting challenge.

Another friend sent me a link to her new book on BookRix. You can publish your “book” – nearly any size – as an online book with your own copyright and ISBN number. Her book was only about ten or fewer pages long. It was well produced and relatively easy to read once you figured how to enlarge it to a readable size.

I am thinking of putting some shorter things together and posting them there. A least until I get a “feel” for the place and feel that it is all safe and “legit”. Keep watching your eMail about this.

So … with all that being said; If I think I’ll ever get any work done in either the editing or writing areas, I need to do more of that; and less of this. After all: “It’s what you do that defines you; not what you say.”


Here I Sit


After many days I am now able to take – or get – some time to blog a new post. After all, that’s why I “bothered” to begin this blog in the first place.

I have been busy – with one thing or another – since my last post. I don’t have the freedom of posting from work in the middle of the day since I retired in July. I now share the computer with my wife full-time.

I have been doing some reading – currently J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarilion and working at my manuscript; still untitled and still “stuck” in the same spot. Having so much “free time” makes it harder for me to manage how I use it. This also cuts into my time for Bible study and working on related materials.

I am occasionally able to post some HubPages writing, but not as often as when I was writing from work. I guess I really do miss at least that aspect of my eight daily hours; forty hours a week. I guess I just need to be a little more organized. I had hoped for 90 to 120 minutes of “me-time” each day to work on such projects. I just need to “do it” now.

I believe we probably all have similar problems dividing up our days and using them in the best ways possible.

I have a promise from a woman on LinkedIn to be one of her final proofreaders on her current writing project. I’m not sure what stage she is in, but it sounds promising and challenging, both. I will keep everyone apprised of the progress of this and the ups and downs of a professional proofreader. This, of course, will necessitate my budgeting of each day. I need more jobs to keep me on the right track.

Please stay in touch and I will try to post more often.

Blessings <><