Jul 31

Video Game Narrative

photo of handheld video game

  One of the venues for the most words and storytelling today is video games. They’re prolific — in word count, in product count, in “readership.”   I’m trying to learn more about editing words in non-print contexts. This is my collection of resources I like best, building constantly as I embark on this independent study for …

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Jul 30

Reflections on Award-worthy Editing

“A good edit can be a writing masterclass,” says Peter Midgley. (Tweet this)   The latest winner of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence spoke to me about the importance of editing awards and why authors should be proud of them. Read our chat in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Speaking to such prominent colleagues about meaty editorial …

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Jul 29

Editing the Words-to-be-spoken

The most helpful references I find as I investigate the role of words (narrative) in video games. Taking this course at Vanderbilt University is part of this self-study — Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative, by Prof. Jay Clayton.

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Jul 28

How to Edit the VIP and Keep Your Job

How to edit the VIP and keep your job. (Tweet this) Tips for treading lightly, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.   Photo by Dan Foy used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jul 25

Links OTW, July 19–25

Positively hilarious & useful stuff in this week’s productivity round-up (Tweet this) — a clear theme that emerged from the stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week: accuracy checklists, free macros for editors, and why taking breaks/naps/walks and staring off into space can make you so much more productive. Nailed that one! Oh, …

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Jul 23

Can you speak Canadian summer?

  Has the humidex got you reaching for a pop, dockside at the camp? You might be Canadian. That’s right, according to Only in Canada, You Say, these are uniquely Canadian terms. Explore these and other uniquely Canadian terms for the fine summer time, so you can make wise editorial decisions for your audience; today in my Canadian, Eh? …

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Jul 21

How to Find Out What a Character Is in Word

  Need to get more than this from Word? Wondering what character that really is in your Word document? Has the writer used the proper degree symbol (°) or some hack like superscripting a lowercase o (o)? Today I present two macros to help you in my How To column at Copyediting.com.   Links from the post: ASCII code …

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Jul 16

6 Points for Eliminating Gender Bias in Reporting

  Eliminating gender bias from all word use may be a tall order, but CP16 offers the following guidance. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com. Photo by Ben Mortimer used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jul 14

How to Find Non-Printing Characters in MS Word

This week in my How To column at Copyediting.com we look at how to find those hidden light-blue non-printing characters using Word’s Find function rather than your tired little eyes. If you have to replace one of these non-printing characters or troubleshoot layout, you’ll be glad to know this find function.     Check these recent related posts: …

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Jul 11

Links OTW, July 5–11

— the stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week. [<a href="//storify.com/sciEditor/links-otw-July-5–11" target="_blank">View the story "Links OTW, July 5–11" on Storify</a>]

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