Spotlight: Huckleberries & Coyotes by Michelle M. Jacob

Yakama scholar Michelle M. Jacob’s new book of short stories often reads like a collection of interconnected poems, weaving tales of insight and wisdom imparted to her by her Elders. Many of the stories in Huckleberries & Coyotes touch on how to be our better selves in the present as we learn from and areContinue reading “Spotlight: Huckleberries & Coyotes by Michelle M. Jacob”

comprise vs. compose and other things people may not care about

When I used to hire copy editors for large academic projects, I got to know the work of each talented editor quite well. I learned a lot from reviewing the changes and choices they made. As the years went by, I also became familiar with what one editor would focus in on as opposed toContinue reading “comprise vs. compose and other things people may not care about”

politics, pandemics, progressive music nights

A friend often reminds me that what is done on one side of the body (a massage, a scratch, etc.) needs to be done on the other side as well for balance. So, in response to a much earlier post regarding “unfavorite” words, by that rule a post about a favorite word is required. AndContinue reading “politics, pandemics, progressive music nights”

Recite and checking citations/references

At the EFA conference I attended in Chicago in August 2019, several tools were discussed to help editors check their work, citations, etc. The better tools require a monthly or yearly fee, and one has to balance the potential for time saved, the effectiveness of the tool, and cost. Recently I felt there had toContinue reading “Recite and checking citations/references”

don’t believe what you read

Consider what is being read, why it was written, and whether it makes sense. Critical thinking, generally defined as thoughtful evaluation, is a crucial editorial skill. Beyond being detail oriented, line or copy editors can and should apply some measure of objective analysis to stay mindful of facts that may be incorrect, statements that shouldContinue reading “don’t believe what you read”

unfavorite words #1

This is the first installment of what could be a series, or an abandoned idea, about unfavorite words. Unfavorite words are those “regarded with special disfavor or dislike” (Merriam-Webster). Words and terms are not good or bad in and of themselves, of course, but unfavorite words are those used poorly or incorrectly or much tooContinue reading “unfavorite words #1”

tech terms

It’s no news that in the last two decades, technology has become ubiquitous. When copyediting, whether fiction or nonfiction, I am constantly coming across terms of technology for which some authors and readers aren’t quite sure of spelling or capitalization. Variations are found online, and although the terms have been added to style manuals, rulesContinue reading “tech terms”

transitions

Transitions can be exciting but also terrifying! However, most of what terrifies us is not necessarily scary, just unknown. Several months ago, I began the transition from being a full-time editorial project manager for a large corporation–a post I held for 18 long years–to becoming a self-employed editorial services provider. I had previously freelanced aContinue reading “transitions”