Sep 21

Sidewalk-sized Spirograph

I made a sidewalk-sized spirograph. It’s pretty off-topic as far as this site goes, but so many people asked me for the template (via Haha Bird) that I decided to post the storyline here so they could find it. So. Much. Fun. Well worth the 30 hrs work, and some more tweaking over the winter. …

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Sep 20

Archive of 2013 Copyediting posts

In honour of my 200th blog post here, I’m posting an archive of the other 29 that didn’t make on this blog yet. With this one, that means the count is up to 230 now. As for podcasts, I’ve done 27 episodes and have two more drafted — they’re part of this blog count. There …

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Sep 19

LOTW, Sept 13–19

Seems it was a slow week on the interwebs. Probably, like my authors, their noses are to the grindstone and they’re not ready to return the file to the editor. #twiddlethumbs. Still we’ve got a plagiarism identification flowchart, a chart naming all the colours, and how to write double-duty headlines (for both appeal and SEO) …

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Sep 17

Capital Style in Canada

Anarchy! Aesthetics, tradition, and readership all cited as legitimate factors in capitalization style. Have the Canadians lost it? Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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Sep 16

Career Mojo for the Unplanner

Get your mojo out of slow mo with this career-focussed episode. Career paths without planning: how to stay on top of new developments and build opportunities are covered in this episode, a considerable expansion on a series of Adrienne’s posts on the Copyediting.com blog. It’s a longer episode: just over 18 minutes. So you should be …

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Sep 15

Schedule Learning to Double Your Income

Hyperbole aside, I do make a cogent (IMHO) argument that you simply must schedule time to up your game. Like the red queen said: we’re running just to stay in place. And I really did just about double my income the year I started scheduling time to learn new editing-related skills. Today, in my How To column at …

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Sep 12

LOTW, Sept 6–12

I want to be a swearing consultant. Also in this week’s links: what if editing doesn’t affect the bottom line? Editing on screen versus paper (some sciency analysis) and a hurry-up-and-wait cartoon for editors. Here’s this week’s interweb awesomeness for editors:

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Sep 10

Why You Should Join Your Clients’ Professional Association

Why not go where your clients are? Participate in their professional organizations so that you can make them aware of your services. Don’t sell to them, but offer your expert advice when it’s asked for, volunteer your expertise in posts for their blog… Consider your niches, your beat, your clients, today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at …

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Sep 09

snafu maintenance — we’ll be right back

Yes, the latest site update snafu’d all the plug-ins and widgets. We’re working on it. Because, you know, it’s not like we’ve got paying deadlines or anything. Maybe time, rum, and fluffy kitten will fix it?

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Sep 09

Computer tools for copy editors: macros

The few macros I use have made my editing better and faster, but I still only use about three consistently. What am I missing out on? Illuminate me! Tell me what your macros do. My macros currently do this:

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