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Rest for sore eyes: Editor's Notes #342
June 23, 2021

We're made for the light of a cave and for twilight. Twilight is the time we see best. When we dim the light down, and the pupil opens, feeling comes out of the eye like touch.
—James Turrell

In this issue:

1. Rest for sore eyes
2. Tickled my funny bone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt
5. My Covid-19 offer to you

1.Rest for sore eyes
The pandemic has increased screen time for millions of people. Using screens present challenges for our bodies.
  • Red eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Irritated eyes
  • Headaches
  • Eye fatigue
  • Neck or shoulder pain
Not deadly, but not pleasant.

Reducing screen time certainly reduces symptoms of excessive screen time, but not all of us have a choice. Here are other things you can do to give rest to sore eyes.
  • Reduce the brightness of your screen as much as possible.
  • Adjust the contrast on your screen. A setting of 70 to 80 is good for most people in most situations.
  • Position your screen so sunlight is not shining on it.
  • Keep your screen at arm’s length.
  • Keep your screen just below your eye level. This will also help your neck and shoulder muscles.

I’ll leave it to you to discover how to make those adjustments on your device. Simply search "adjust contrast on XXX" where XXX is your device, for example.

See Interesting Web site below for eye exercises you can use to improve your eye health and comfort.

2.Tickled my funny bone
I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

3. Interesting Web site
Exercises and other things you can do to mitigate the toll screens take on our eyes.

4. Writing prompt
I spy with my little eye

In our house, we still play I spy. For those who don’t know how it goes, click the link here. Let’s play together.

Here are two clues to use in whichever area you are reading this. Use the items you find that fit the criteria to write one piece.

Clue #1. I spy with my little eye something that begins with the first letter of my first name. (My first name is Audrey.)

Clue #2. I spy with my little eye something that begins with the first letter of your first name.

Special rules: Neither you nor I may feature in the piece. If you really can’t find items to fit the clue, use one of your other initials or the first letter in your town or country.

5. My Covid-19 offer to you
Covid restrictions are lifting for many of us. At this time, my goal is still to keep this offer open until September, with the final date still to be determined.

What follows is a copy and paste from issue number 309. The offer is still in force for you and anyone you choose to tell about it.

Along with the health threat hanging over the world, we are facing a huge financial hit. I’ve decided one thing I can do is to make quality editing less expensive during this trying time.

For subscribers to Editor’s Notes and their friends, I am suspending the fee for the sample edit to anyone using the code EN19 until I cancel this offer. I intend to keep this offer open as long as the world is in crisis with Covid-19 and its aftermath, so watch this space. I will give a warning here before I pull this offer. You can submit your writing sample at Be sure to click the link below the heading "Promotion Code" to get to the special form for a free sample edit. If you find yourself at a form before clicking the special link, scroll slowly back up the page, and you should see the link for the code (EN19).

But it gets better…

When I return an edited writing sample, I include quotes for the full range of my editing services. Until further notice, I will give a true quote, but I will not charge writers the full amount. I am discounting my services 50% for subscribers to Editor’s Notes and their friends. I will give a warning here before I pull this offer.

Feel free to pass this offer along to any writing friends you think may be interested. As long as anyone uses the code, I’ll honour the offer.

This is what I can offer you in this time of crisis. I hope it encourages you as you face possible illness and financial uncertainty.

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