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You’ve reached the neglected blog of Dawn McIlvain Stahl…

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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More on Those Top 3 Lessons from Freelance Failure

Whenever I speak to new freelancers or students about freelance editing as a career, I talk a little about the path I’ve taken. Editors come to their careers from many paths (see?). Mine included an early, spectacularly failed stint of … Continue reading

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A Few Resources of a Freelance Editor

Shout-out to University of Illinois Journalism 421. These links are far more clickable than those on the paper handout. 😉 Essential, Daily Tools Desktop or laptop with Word+ (Editor’s Toolkit Plus, PerfectIt, Office Tabs, custom macros); also: iPad with Pages … Continue reading

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Business cards are a tough business …

If any of the three sites I tried had been working properly, I’d have shiny new business cards in hand and ready to distribute to my fellow Vegas-bound ACES conference goers. But alas. Here are the last of the four … Continue reading

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If I’m not here, I must be somewhere else!

You’ve found the blogging space of Dawn McIlvain Stahl. Sorry to disappoint, but I haven’t time to do it justice right now! I’m a professional freelance copyeditor and writer with many interests. Exceptions: calculus, catheters, and cake. And sometimes even cake is … Continue reading

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