Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Betrayed by a comma


This morning I was working on an editing project, zipping along through a lengthy manuscript, working quickly and enjoying being “in the zone.” I’ve been working with this particular client on a number of related projects, and as a result, I’ve gotten to know his style of writing very well, such as how he uses (or mis-uses) punctuation, how he gets its and it’s mixed up, and in particular, how he eschews the “Oxford comma.”

I’m mentioning the Oxford comma not to debate it (there is only one correct answer! Use it!), but because it was the key to unraveling a little mystery that popped up as I was editing.

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Book In Hand is Worth...Two on The Screen?


I love books. And newspapers. And magazines. And cereal boxes. Well, maybe not cereal boxes – I’m more of a toast and tea person at breakfast time. (Or better yet, croissants et cafĂ© au lait, en France…but that’s another story). 

Still, I love to read, and I read voraciously, and yes, I do enjoy the feel of a book, and the smell of the ink (volatile organic compounds, anyone?), and the physical act of turning pages as I make my way through an article, book, or technical paper. 

But there’s more to the appeal of printed media than simply the physical experience.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What's the Question?


Recently I wrote about several projects currently on my virtual desk, including fact-checking a book on a health topic. I wrote, “The book, which was researched and written by a journalist, is very interesting. The challenge with this project consists of deciphering some odd citations and tracking down source documents for specific facts and assertions. The latter can be very challenging, as it requires distinguishing between facts and assertions and unraveling how, over many years, those facts and assertions have been communicated and attributed. It’s never as straightforward as it seems.”

Yesterday I ran into a perfect example of this, which I will try to explain without violating my client’s confidentiality.

Monday, April 11, 2016

On My Desk


The aspect I most enjoy in my work as an independent research consultant is the variety – I work with many different sorts of clients, each of whom I assist in unique ways with research, writing, editing, and other information and communication services.

What’s on my desk this week? A whole grab-bag of interesting projects: