Recently, I was blessed to work on a new type of project for me, a fiction anthology of short stories set in the Achtung! Cthulhu universe, Dark Tales from the Secret War edited by John Houlihan. I have done a lot of proofreading of the RPG books in the Achtung! Cthuhlu line, so I am very familiar with the world, its characters, its creatures, and its ambiance. So the topic matter was familiar, but the work involved was very different. This was my first opportunity to be a proofreader on a series of short stories. No game mechanics to proof and format, no images to confirm, no page number references, no tables to double check, just pages and pages of text that I had to confirm were written properly, consistent in style and voice, and which flowed well to the reader.
John Houlihan, who has taken editorial duties for the compilation says, “We’ve secured some amazing and supremely talented writers for Dark Tales and it’s been intriguing to see how each has taken the fascinating Achtung! Cthulhu universe and made it their own. I can promise a set of strange, horrific and savage stories to tease and tantalise horror and Cthulhu lovers and World War 2 fans alike. You should make an appointment to explore the shadowy world of the secret war later this year.”
“Bringing our universe to life through fiction is one of the sure fire ways of introducing more people to the world of Achtung! Cthulhu” added Chris Birch,“and John has already lined up a highly creative group of writers who have put their own dark touches to the storyline!” (Source: http://www.modiphius.com/fiction.html)
What helped was these stories were so enjoyable to read. Actually, in retrospect, that was a hinderance at times. I got so enraptured in the stories I would forget I was proofreading. I would have to finish the short story then go back and read it again with a critical eye. So I ended up taking twice as long to proofread these because I had to read them all twice.
Have you ever gotten so caught up enjoying what you are working on that you forgot it was work and you were supposed to be paying attention looking for possible issues?