I looked in to a volunteer opportunity today. I don’t want to say too much, but it’s at a charity for young people with learning disorders (including autism). They sell books on Amazon Market Place, partly to raise money for the charity, partly to give the young people work experience in a safe environment. It turned out to be a much more complex operation than I expected. It looks like I will be able to volunteer there, subject to DBS checks (criminal record checks) for working with vulnerable people. I’m quite looking forward to it as everyone seemed nice and it’s good to be working with books again. As they deal with autism, I mentioned my own ongoing situation briefly, so it was good to get that in the open straight off.
When I got home I did some more work on my Doctor Who book, redrafting and reformatting the longest chapter. I reworked some paragraphs and cut quite a bit, but I was disappointed that I only trimmed a thousand words overall, as I’m worried the book is over length. I also noted that I overuse various words and phrases like “Nevertheless,” “However,” “It is noteworthy that…” and so on and I started trying to cut them ruthlessly, although in retrospect I hope the text still flows well. Although I had told myself that the current draft would be the final one before submitting the text, it looks like I will have to do a quick polish (probably just a couple of hours) to standardise one or two aspects of the formatting as well as to try and do a find and replace on some of these phrases across all the chapters. I’ve got another five chapters to redraft as well as this, so it will take me another couple of weeks, more if any promising jobs get advertised and I have to spend more time on job hunting.
And that was about it really. I went for a walk, I did some Torah study and ate dinner with my parents (instead of in front of the TV). My mood was reasonable most of the day (not so much on waking). Not a lot else happened.