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I'm a copy editor by profession, but even though I can see copyediting errors in other people's work, I still make those same mistakes myself, and it's much harder to catch them in a reread of my own work than it is in others' work. That's natural--when it's your own stuff, you know what it's supposed to say, and that's what your eyes or mind tends to see.

Same with beta reads: I can notice things about narrative flow, voice, character--whatever--in another person's work and be much too close to my own story to see those same difficulties.

Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can have someone reading your work who wants it to do exactly what you want it to do, who seems right in tune with the story--and they can point out places where you've skimped or wandered off course, or been unclear, and it can be so eye opening. (Other times people offer you suggestions that are just ehh, well, maybe, or that are wrong-headed for what you're aiming for-- though even those can tell you something--but when you get the good kind, it's wonderful.)

I beta read something for someone recently--not anyone I know online--who'd given me that kind of a beta read. I very much wanted to do the same for her, but you never know! Will I have read the story with the right eyes? Will what I say make sense? I'm happy to say she seemed as pleased with my comments as I was with hers.

In her work, she mentioned the full moon at the summer solstice. Her story takes place above the Arctic circle, so the full moon at the solstice would be sharing the sky with the unsetting sun. I was curious about what it would look like, and I found this cool photo, taken by Birgit Bodén in Sweden.

Full moon at midnight, summer solstice


(Source: EarthSky)

Date: 2017-12-01 06:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rimturse
Gorgeous! :)

Date: 2017-12-01 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
Her story takes place above the Arctic circle, so the full moon at the solstice would be sharing the sky with the unsetting sun.

That sounds great.

Thank you for the photograph!

Date: 2017-12-02 06:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] queenoftheskies
What an astounding picture! It's lovely.

Date: 2017-12-02 09:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] light_of_summer
VERY cool photo! Thank you!

*cheers for good editors and good beta readers!*

Date: 2017-12-02 07:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
As you know, I've been in midnight sun territory often up in Orkney and this pic shares some of the magic which is so hard to describe.

Date: 2017-12-03 06:08 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't thought about authors and copyeditors not being able to see their own mistakes as easily as they see others'. (Isn't that true of people in general and life in general?) That explains why an author I know often has grammatical errors in their personal correspondence.

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