Have you missed me?

I’ve missed you. You, my readers, and you, my blog. November came and went without so much as a “Yeah, I’m alive” post. (I did maintenance, though. Updates and such. Just no writing.)

Life got out of hand for my clients and me last month, and it’s threatening to stay that way this month, too. Regardless, I’m determined to write something so you don’t all give up on me.

I finished reading Carol Fisher Saller’s Moonlight Blogger over the weekend. She’s a slightly older, better educated me. That is to say, she says what I say but better. (I even talk to myself like she does, apparently. I’m not nearly as worried about that, now.) And because I finished that, now I’m determined to learn the keyboard shortcuts for Word.

I heard the gasps. I did.

Not ALL of them, of course, just the ones I know I’ll use most often, like bold, italic, undo, insert comment, toggle tracking off/on (for those silent changes I’m going to begin making), delete 1 word to left/right, and select text.

Yes, I’ve been a slave to the mouse/trackball for all these years. It’s time to branch out.

This editor talks about editing.

Editors are not teachers. They might have been teachers prior to becoming editors. They might even teach on the side. But they will not teach writers English. That’s not what editing is.

That’s one of the biggest misconceptions I’ve encountered since I’ve been an editor. I taught English, sure. But I became an editor after that, and I’m an editor. Not a teacher. However, that doesn’t mean that in my work I don’t attempt to impart any useful information. I’d be a pretty awful editor if I didn’t try to explain why I made a certain change, or why I’m not making THIS one but perhaps the writer would like to because whatever. Continue reading “This editor talks about editing.”