An Editor’s Shelter-In-Place Diary 4-15-21: Hope Blooms; Blogging Task Blocks

My favorite rhododendron survived another winter to fully bloom, and I too made it through and finally received the COVID vaccine…

An Editor’s Shelter-In-Place Diary 2-12-21: Decisions, Decisions; To Copy and Paste … or Not

Do I want to remain a freelance editor? Apply for full-time positions … or maybe part-time? Onsite or remote? Perhaps a combination of these? These are questions I’ve been mulling over daily in the last few months while job searching…

An Editor’s Shelter-In-Place Diary 11-18-20: Proofreading Tips and Eye Strain Busters for Error-Free Biz Communications

Working remotely – as many of us are continuing to do eight months into the COVID pandemic – means that many of our communications will continue to be digital. I’m referring to written exchanges…

An Editor’s Shelter-In-Place Diary 9-15-20: 1 Planned Change (Domain Name), and 2 Unplanned (New Website Theme, Creating Second Home Office)

You have a goal in mind, a task to complete. A well-thought out course of action to follow. And everything goes according to plan.

Then there are the times when the opposite occurs, and you just have to roll with the changes…

An Editor’s Shelter-In-Place Diary 7-14-20: Website Images … Bike Riding … Adapting

Everything moves forward with time. Adapts to new and changing circumstances.

So it is with the evolving coronavirus pandemic.

New Jersey began reopening in a limited way throughout June and July. As a result my routine has shifted … somewhat…

An Editor’s Shelter-In-Place Diary 5-14-20: Website Revamp & Bulb Update

Two full months into the coronavirus stay-at-home life, I’ve finally tackled a task put off for far too long: revisions to this website…

You may need a current resume next month. Next week. Tomorrow. Today!

When my child began full-day kindergarten in 2012, I contemplated whether to go back into work full time or explore robust work-at-home options. Either choice required a current resume, and at the time I hadn’t updated mine in nearly five years…

Is spellcheck enough? Nope! Have an eyeball or two review that writing project.

When people discover I’m a freelance editor at networking events or through casual conversation, they occasionally ask this question: “Why does anyone need an editor when they can just use spellcheck?”

#EditorsFiguringOut … An Action Plan after a Laptop Drop

Over time, computers – desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones – outlive their usefulness. Some become slow with accumulated software updates/upgrades. Others become glitchy. Or the battery life wanes. Or the computer simply stops working entirely. Though my 2015 laptop was a lovely combination of slow and glitchy with low battery life, its writing and editing software worked well … so I ignored the annoyances (and programmed Microsoft Word to autosave and create file backup copies). Until one day when I couldn’t…

Editing, Copywriting, Exercising

Writing at mid-morning, I am focused. The only sound is the computer keys as I type, and my awareness of even that noise fades as words appear on the screen. Sitting up straight – not hunched – helps to maintain concentration while fingers fly over the keys (thanks to eleventh grade typing back in the 1980s). Otherwise, I am still, save for flexing my mind. But one can only be stationary for so long before concentration and creative productivity wanes; the body requires periodic flexing too!…