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Styrofoam Language

Styrofoam language–redundancy–is growing. I hate verbal packaging. Something I see daily; “What that means is [that]…” Examples from the press Toronto Sun: “What that means is Spencer only needs one win at these Olympics to make it into the medal round.”...

Editing my father’s memoir of World War 2

This project started when my sister gave me the folder of my father’s memoirs of World War 2 a few years ago. He was a prisoner of war from November 1941, when he was captured in Libya, to early 1945. Written in his clear hand about 40 years later, the documents need...

Speaking to Writing

Many lovers of drama and literature will know that in his old age, American playwright Eugene O’Neil could no longer write, due to illness. He found that writing longhand with pen on paper was essential to his creativity. I wonder if he was able to dictate functional...

How to research the dollar value of editing

This post has links to research on the dollar value of editing. I want to help editors (like me!) to market their services and justify their rates. I’ve also included some expensive “headline” examples. Adrienne Montgomerie’s followed this issue much longer than I...