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Guest appearance by ReferenceBot.
This month’s cartoon is dedicated to Erika Thorkelson.
Play along! What other fields would the Plain-o-matic wipe out? Here’s a blank where you can fill out:
(Someone make one for plain language editors, please!)
Tweet me your creations, and I’ll retweet them.
What happened to October’s cartoon? My computer was out of commission for six weeks, and when I finally got it back in the middle of October I was too busy to put a cartoon together. Without my digital tools, I tried more traditional media by participating in Inktober. You can watch me struggle with drawing anything more complex than a rudimentary stick figure on this Twitter thread.
Want to know more about #StetWalk? Check out Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty’s primer on it.
CONTENT NOTE: Potty-mouth.
I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of my billable time fact checking and editing references. Depending on the project schedule, I often wouldn’t mind that kind of work, which could be kind of meditative—I’d put on my favourite music and get ’er done. But under time pressure, the task could be frustrating, especially if I knew that basically nobody would be reading the back matter. And why, I wondered, was reference formatting so hard for authors to get right? Continue reading “Spent”
Brave enough to share your* most embarrassing editing goofs? Head over to Twitter.
*or [cough] a colleague’s