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About PurplePenning

Dawn McIlvain Stahl has been kindly bringing style and order to writing for more than 15 years. She provides editorial services for individuals and organizations — editing and proofreading books, articles, reports, websites, and social media. Stahl keeps one finger on the pulse of current editing, language, and publishing news. Catch the beat of that pulse by following her on Twitter and across the web @PurplePenning.

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Perhaps the cobbler’s kids won’t run around barefoot at #EFACon16… Continue reading

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Google+ Business Page

Continuing my love-hate-irrelevant relationship with Google+ by setting up a business page. I’ll be completely honest about the primary reason for it: the ability to push content there using a third party app. I live out of Buffer, scheduling relevant posts … Continue reading

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I’m Thankful for the Cheekiness of Old Words

Awesome old word voted most likely to be used (in good humor!) of a relative this Thanksgiving — PASTINACEOUS: adj., looking all parsnip-like Continue reading

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Firstable, secondable, should of, would of, could of

It’s #WorldKindnessDay today. So “firstable,” I’m going to refrain from ranting or ridiculing. I rarely rant … on my blog … and genuinely try to never ridicule. My aim, as always, is to kindly bring style and order to the world of writing. Continue reading

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#WorldStrokeDay meets #NationalCatDay

#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 … Continue reading

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Another editor confession

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 … Continue reading

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The one thing that makes a dream impossible …

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