#MyDeskView: Johanna Spiers, Freelance Proofreader

Show us a picture of your work space and tell us about it.

I work from a variety of places: my sofa, my dining room table, my balcony, my best friend’s living room and the office in my partner’s house. My favourite place to work is the balcony, which I do whenever the sun is shining. I can see nature, sky and cows from there, and it makes me feel elated that I am my own boss and am lucky enough to live somewhere so spectacular. Read More

Week 21, 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update about what we’ve been doing – sorry! It’s not that we haven’t done much; if anything, it’s the exact opposite. The last few weeks have been incredibly busy here at Bohemiacademia, but I know it’s important to keep blogging (as we’re always telling our clients… do as we say, not as we do 😉 ) so here’s our latest update.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office three days a week. Read More

A Busy Week And Two New Hires!

This week’s most exciting piece of news is the addition of two new members to the Bohemiacademia team. Christa will be helping with content for one of our biggest clients, and Grace will be joining us as an intern to help with general admin and content creation.

In theory this should help my own life to get a bit less busy, but in practice I doubt it will; both new hires will be focusing on areas that need some extra attention. Hopefully over time though we’ll add even more team members and I’ll be able to palm off some of the day-to-day running of the business to somebody else, or perhaps a group of somebodies. Read More

Where Has Winter Gone?

I am one of those strange people who love winter. When the days get shorter, darker and colder I rejoice. While everyone else hibernates, I go for long walks in the cold. And in the summer, when other people throw open their windows and dust off their bikini bottoms, I yank the curtains closed and want to stay in bed.

This year it’s incredibly mild for the middle of February, and I feel like I’m being cheated out of winter. This, coupled with the extra-long, extra-hot summer we had, is making me a bit grumpy.

And then I had to spend an hour on the phone to HMRC this morning, which will never ungrump anyone. So on the whole, it’s been a grumpy week. But there are nice things happening too.  Read More

Learning How To Caffeine Again

If you’re stuck on “How to caffeine” because it’s grammatically incorrect, I recommend Gretchen McCulloch’s upcoming book, Because Internet, which talks about how language changes over time and how the internet has shaped our current modes of communication.

As a proofreader and grammarian I’m happy to follow structural rules when I’m editing texts. As a linguist, however, I’m equally happy to use internetisms (and made-up words) in day-to-day life. Language is fascinating in how it evolves and changes, and all the subtle signals it gives us about in-groups and our own psychology.  Read More

Keeping Warm In The Office

It’s the start of the second month in our new office, and so far we can still afford to keep the heating on. This is good news: a small business isn’t an easy thing to be, and we had to do some financial scraping to rent the office in the first place, but thanks to a nice bank manager we did it and we’re in.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office three days a week.

Last week we took on a couple of new clients, one for transcription and the other for translation.  Read More