It’s true: none of my editorial pursuits have been as sorely neglected as this blog.
I’ve edited books and articles. I’ve written content and materials and articles and word games. I’ve proofread training manuals and websites. I’ve expanded my social media editing and management services.
And yet here sits this blog.
And that’s OK. Sometimes the cobbler’s kids LIKE to run around barefoot. Sometimes you’re so busy “kindly bringing style and order to writing” that the only “telling the tale” you do is in short snippets on Twitter and Instagram.
But then there’s this! —> I’ll be heading out to #EFACon16 (the Editorial Freelancers Association National Conference in New York on Monday and Tuesday, August 29 and 30) and there will be much telling to tell! It’s the first EFA conference in more than a decade, and I have the privilege of covering it for Copyediting, one of the sponsors of the event. I’ll be telling the tale live on Twitter @Copyediting and will also be providing posts for Copyediting’s Facebook and Storify accounts.
Tune in! I mean, maybe not HERE on the sorely neglected blog, but, you know, on Twitter and stuff.
(And MAYBE here if I have any overspill tales to tell. You never know. Sometimes the cobbler’s kids have fantastic footwear.)
Current business cards. Alas, I have only the electronic version. See “cobbler’s kids” remark above.
@HaggardHawks bringing the awesome with interesting old words on Twitter
Awesome old word voted most likely to be used (in good humor!) of a relative this Thanksgiving — PASTINACEOUS: adj., looking all parsnip-like
If you haven’t guessed yet, in addition to my love of ridiculous new words, I have to confess that I also love ridiculous old words. As I wrote for the Copyediting blog:
Old words demand nothing from the conscientious editor. Time has set them aside in a nice, comfortable place where they aren’t asking for our judgment or acceptance. My favorite current sanctuary of old-time words is Haggard Hawks Words.
Check out the full post on Copyediting or go straight to Haggard Hawks on Twitter.
Image credit: “Pastarnoko šaknys,” Jonathunder, CC BY-SA 3.0
#NationalCatDay is full of squee, but #WorldStrokeDay can save a life.* And now, thanks to the wealth of cat pics on the Internet and the half-hour I stole from other projects, you don’t have to choose between the two. Do yourself and your family a favor: get your blood pressure checked, learn the signs of stroke, and share this graphic of friendly felines to help educate others.
#WorldStrokeDay meets #NationalCatDay
*This post has nothing to do with editing, but much to do with my everyday life. A couple of years ago, my mom survived a massive stroke that left her with hemiplegia and some short-term memory loss, among other more minor issues. She is an amazing and inspiring person whose story deserves to be told in full sometime. But today is not that time. Today is when #WorldStrokeDay meets #NationalCatDay. Enjoy!
Images: Helen Haden, Jeff Oien, shira girl, Americatidol
I have another confession to make. Yes, I’m a professional editor. Yes, I’m paid to make sure writing makes sense and matches a certain standard and style. But … a little wordtastic awesomesauce never hurt anyone. 😉
From my latest on Copyediting.com:
When new words pop up in pop culture, as they do, it never occurs to me to bemoan the state of the English language or the literacy of the current generation. Whether I like a modern coinage or think it’s the worstmanteau ever (surely that one is in the running), my initial response tends to be appropriately learned and eloquent, like “Heck yeah — words!”
I love ridiculous new words.
Read about procaffinating, presponding, Wordwatching, WordSpy, and more in “Editor Confession: I love ridiculous new words.”
You may also enjoy: “Editor Confession: I used the non-literal literally.“