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TaTUM lives on … hello to a2z copy-editing … well done Channing Tatum

Tried and Tested User Manuals – TaTUM was created to reflect the founder’s, Maggie Baldry, proofreading, editing and writing skills. The service was created to help authors, businesses, creative teams, basically anyone who needs a skilful eye to check their work.

The actor, Channing Tatum has been enjoying great success in his chosen career, but the name TaTUM is just not working for development of this commercial enterprise. However, due to my former career as a technical author, I do not want to relinquish my association with TaTUM, so the TaTUM blog will continue and the commercial enterprise is now renamed as a2z copy-editing.

logo under development copyright Maggie Baldry 2014

 

In the meantime and in line with the revision to regulations for Online and distance selling for businesses an updated Service Provision Agreement is available for download as a pdf.

More news about the services supplied by a2z copy-editing will be posted here in due course.

As is customary to say … watch this space.

 

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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in a2z, TaTUM

 

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Long overdue update on writing activities and current employment.
Warmest wishes to all on a cold snowy day.

Maggie's small stones for the River

These are the blogs of a working Mum, who is currently employed by a great supermarket brand, whose motto is “Every little helps”. It is a multi-layered motto, within and without of the brand. Her colleagues are lovely, friendly and very kind people. Her family are incredible. Her life would be empty without them. Throughout her life she has been lucky enough to meet and work with loads of fascinating people. She has always had a passion about books and writing. This passion is now being explored.

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Update January 2013.

Since the end of 2012, I have had the privilege to work for a charitable organisation whose motto is “Servitor Servientium”.

Writing is still in progress…

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Maggie’s small stones for the River” is a creative blog where she is exploring the fun to be had by noticing how extraordinary things are and writing those things down,

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in 21st century, TaTUM

 

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Review – Meet Franklin Bean by Emmy Swain

My review of this book on Goodreads

Meet Franklin Bean

“At this time of year we are all considering which Christmas gifts to buy. Look no further than Emmy Swain’s magical children’s book.. The tale is intended for children but it’s a universal story about how weird it can be to move to a new place and meet new people, yet this weirdness can be coped with and make you stronger when you meet a special and amazing dog like Franklin Bean. Emmy has written a captivating and enlightening story, which is beautifully illustrated by Levi Whitworth. Looking forward to hearing more about John’s adventures with Franklin Bean. “Cool frijoles”

Plus my personal note to Emmy

“My dear you are a word magician. What an enchanting and uplifting story.”

Want to know more, I would highly recommend visting Franklin Bean.com

This review is also posted on my dedicated review blog : Maggie’s musings

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in 21st century, Reviews, TaTUM

 

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Getting lost with Doctor Who via Mary Poppins

At the age of five, my wonderful Uncle talked to me about “suspending my disbelief”. I was a pragmatic child who required an explanation for everything. Or as my Uncle would say “Do you always have to know the far end of a fart?”

As an adult, during my commercial career, I believe that pragmatism has stood me in good stead. This trait ensured that all significant information had been collected and collated when editing, proofreading preparing reports or being part of an important decision-making process. However, after my recent redundancy and a few other personal milestones and experiences my soul is seeking a more creative and connected life. I am still a stickler for detail and professionally, I always will be, but my urge is no longer just to quantify, analyse and correct, but to ride the waves of the process, suspend my fear of letting go and allow in all of the magic that has previously been sidelined as “kids’ stuff”.

This brings me back to my Uncle, or maybe, I should first talk about my sister, J. Our family was not wealthy and my Mum and Dad both worked hard to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. My sister often took on the role of Mother. When I was very small and my reading levels were still on Janet and John, J used to read some wonderful stories to me, books like Heidi, What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next and Little Women and then we come to the crux book Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers.

Suddenly from girls getting into mischief whilst growing up, I was suddenly presented with this “practically perfect” Nanny with magical powers and I must admit my fascination with this book was a catalyst for me to improve my reading skills. I wanted to know more about this ‘Magic Stuff’.

I asked my Uncle to explain how a Nanny could do magic – he told me to “suspend my disbelief” and that I didn’t have to understand everything about something to enjoy it. I did enjoy it but I didn’t believe it could be possible. I kept on reading the book to try to understand what made Mary Poppins tick – I was only five – and I soaked up words and images like a sponge,

The next entertainment event in my ‘suspending disbelief education’ happened on 17:15 GMT on 23 November 1963, after the Football results and the tea time news – The First Episode of Doctor Who – An Unearthly Child – the impact of this was not just the Science Fiction story, but the presence of William Hartnell’s Doctor Who as a Grandfather figure, having recently lost my own dearly loved Grandad to bowel cancer, William Hartnell’s Doctor was my fantasy replacement.

With this TV series I did not have to be told to suspend my disbelief, as I was immediately submerged into the whole story, with its scientific and historical references I felt that time travel really could be possible which is probably why I found the “Monsters” totally terrifying. The Daleks and Cybermen had me going to bed with a torch seeking comfort in the analysis of my Mary Poppins book as I read myself to sleep.

The Kid’s Disbelief is suspended, a girl who enjoys escaping to magical places through stories in books and on film and television is being formed.

There is more to be said but for the moment this wannabe comedy writer has to do some housework….//back to reality//

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2011 in TaTUM

 

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Working on Fiction

Added a new page to the blog here

If this is of interest to you. Please leave a comment with your link and it will be posted on this page.  Let’s see if we can help to inspire each other.

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction (from the Guardian)

WikiHow – How to Write Fiction

Update 23 August 2011
Some great advice from a friend.

“To be totally honest first off I write straight from the heart and imagination, I don’t think about words, sentences or grammar. I just write how I see the scene or conversation play out in my head or what it would look/sound like on the big screen. I know how it’ going to start and how it will end. The rest kind of writes itself for me, with the occasional jump in to keep it on track, I just go with characters and see where they lead me.

I do research as I go but if I a character works their way into the book and looks like they will stay, I do sit down a work out a full profile for them… bit like a C.V I guess. I have a 4’ x 4’ section of wall covered with post stick notes in order to keep track of everything. But that’s about it.

If you are considering writing a Novel, stop considering and do it. Work out the finer points after. just get writing.”

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in TaTUM

 

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Content curation services

Many of you may already be aware of the Paper.li content creation service, but for those of you who don’t, here is a link to the website.

It is a fun way to share common interests with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

I would very much like to know what other people think about this kind of service.

My Curation Service is called TaTUM Who Watchers and is broadly content posted by my Twitter friends who, like me, are fans of Doctor Who and/or Torchwood.

Image from Wikipedia

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in 21st century, TaTUM

 

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Riots in England -v- The Wit, Wisdom and Inspiration of John Lennon

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The media reporting of the Riots in England this week made me feel like the world was drowning in negativity. Like a drowning woman I found myself searching for something to cling to.

Everytime I picked up a paper, or tuned into the news on TV and Radio, I kept hearing the words

“All we are saying is GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
in my head.

There are many You Tube tributes to this powerful song.
This is my favourite.

If, like me, you want some more of John Lennon’s Wit, Wisdom and Inspiration,
please take a look at the John Lennon – Wikiquote page.

One of my favourites is below:-

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It was just a gradual development over the years.

Last year was “All You Need Is Love.” This year it’s “Give Peace a Chance.”

Remember love. The only hope for any of us is peace.

Violence begets violence. If you want to get peace, you can get it as soon as you like if we all pull together.

You’re all geniuses and you’re all beautiful.

You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are.

You are what you are.

Get out there and get peace.

Think peace, live peace, and breathe peace and you’ll get it as soon as you

like.

Okay?
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John Lennon to the press on July 1969 after the release of the Plastic Ono Band’s single “Give Peace a Chance” (as quoted in The Beatles: An Oral History by David Pritchard and Alan Lysaght (1998). New York: Hyperion. ISBN: 0786864362. OCLC: 39093547. p. 285.)

Image from Wikimedia Commons – Statue of John Lennon in public park, Vedado, Havana. December 2006.

You say you want a revolution,
Well, you know, we all want to change the world…
But when you talk about destruction,
Don’t you know that you can count me out.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in 21st century, History, TaTUM

 

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