What are your favourite films, tv shows, genres or filmmakers?
Generally I like horror and science fiction films and shows. Within that, I enjoy horror that makes use of psychological elements rather than gore. Gore doesn't scare me, it's just gross. If I'm watching a science fiction film, I prefer it to have horror elements. One of my favourite films is the original ALIEN (Ridley Scott 1979). While some of the effects may be a little dated, it successfully builds intense fear in the audience. While there is some gore, it's mild and most of it is left to the imagination, which is infinitely more terrifying than buckets of blood being liberally splashed about. I also enjoy slasher horror. The badly made ones are funny because they're so bad, so it's entertaining to poke holes in their plots and make fun of their bad acting. But the good ones succeed in building a claustrophobic atmosphere, intense fear, and suspense. Despite being dated, the original HALLOWEEN (John Carpenter 1978) is a good example still.
What does it mean to you to edit for Diegesis?
Editing and content creation for Diegesis is a chance for me to explore my future career options. It has given me a chance to experience work as an editor first-hand and to decide if this is the career path I would like to follow. It has also been an opportunity o develop my editing and content creation skills in preparation for other career options. I plan to become a self-published author. This means that it's likely that I'll have to edit my own work and market my own work. Being able to edit effectively and know how to build a website will prove invaluable.
What is your editing process?
My process is fairly simple. First, I read through the text to get a general feel for the author's point and to see if any errors are glaring. Then I edit as I go, paying close attention to the text to spot any small mistakes. While I aim not to miss anything, I don't worry too much if I miss a few things; second and third edits exist to catch any accidental oversights in the initial phase. At that point, I correct typographical, grammatical, and lexical errors and reword any sentences that need it. Then I read through the text again and identify anything superfluous for removal, large sections that need rewording, stylistic problems, referencing errors, fact checking issues, interesting points worthy of expansion, and anything else that could be improved upon. I then write comments about these for the author to read and make changes with. Once I receive the next draft, I repeat the process, although most of the work is usually done by this point and only some minor changes are necessary. The process may seem arduous and highly involved, but I find it calming and enjoyable. I find it doesn't require a large amount of thought, rather an eye for detail.