First thing this morning I went to Ace Hardware and bought some 3/16″ toggle bolts so I could fix the floating shelf I could not do yesterday. I left the fasteners in place at each end that Marv had used and added the toggle in the top hole of the middle pair of mounting holes. Once tightened in place, the floating shelf is now more stable and does not tip to the front. As you can imagine from the photo, that tall Galileo Thermometer at the right end would quickly indicate any tipping out of level.
I started reading some books by author Greg Enslen; first with his Frank Harper Mystery Series (five books) and then on to read The 9/11 Machine, Black Bird, and The Ghost of Blackwood Lane. He is an excellent mystery and suspense author! While reading Black Bird I checked out his web site – GregEnslen.com – and found he encourages reporting typos and also has a Beta Reader group. I had noted some glitches in the previous books and when I got into Black Bird I found a number of them and emailed him with some suggested corrections. Greg responded right away and encouraged me to continue reporting to him so I set up a Microsoft Word document and had it up in parallel with my Kindle Reader App on my tablet. When I found a glitch of any type, whether spelling, grammar, or logic, I copied the text from Kindle and pasted it into Word and then used the Review function to annotate my suggestions or questions. A neat aspect of this is that when I did the copy it also copied the location in the book where the bit appeared, so maybe that will help him locate it should he decide to make a change. In one email Greg mentioned that he plans to go back and make changes in the Kindle editions of his books so that future readers will have the latest text. I continued doing this with The Ghost of Blackwood Lane. He has added me to his Beta Readers group; he send an early version of his books to this group to get comments about how the story flows, do things make sense, are there errors in context, and so on. I look forward to working with him in the future. I think I am a good proofreader and usually find such nitpicking things as spelling errors, lacking an opening quotation mark, improper apostrophe use, and other glitches as well as picking up things such as “you said her eyes were blue earlier on but here you say they are green” or “beams are horizontal structural members; what you refer to here is a post or stud or column”.
I did some more work on the upcoming newsletter; it is due to be published next week. I have to do most of it this week to get it ready in time, and I should have been further ahead than I am by this time. Shame on me!