Welcome to My Wordy Life
For as long as I can remember, I've been besotted by words, in love with
the English language. My parents read to me (as I read to my son) practically
from the moment of my birth, and when I learned to read, I always received
books for Christmas and my birthday and had finished reading them within
the week. I still have some of my childhood books: old editions of
Grimms' Fairy Tales, Andrew Lang's fairy books,
The Wizard of Oz, all the Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames books. My mother
was a member of the Literary Guild and because she never got around to
sending the post cards back, I got to read her books, too. (I learned early
on how to climb up and get the ones on the top shelves.) She gave me her
official permission to read
Gone With the Wind when I was eleven. Boy, was that an eye-opener
for a naïve little girl! My parents also bought my brother and me
The Book of Knowledge; I read straight through all twenty volumes.
Yeah. I have been, as they say, bookish all my life. Today, of course,
I spend most of my time editing and writing.
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Notice the little witch! Because I didn’t want to rip off anyone’s art
and just use one of my 330 witches, I asked my brilliant daughter-in-law
to make me a witch. She—the witch, not Phish—is now sitting on the shelf
in my living room where you see her in the photo.
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editor. I've edited more than 250 books (both fiction and nonfiction),
academic documents (theses and dissertations), web site copy, articles,
technical proposals, screenplays, poetry, and things I don't even remember
anymore. As you explore this site, you can read excerpts from my nonfiction
books and some of my articles and poems. If you're thinking about writing,
send me an email and we can talk about how I can help you. I never charge
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not just copy and paste. As I have to explain from time to time to
an author whose work I'm editing, copying and pasting someone else's
copyrighted work without their permission is
plagiarism. Which is against the law. Which can get you an F in your
class. Which can get you prosecuted. It's usually easy to get permission
to reproduce someone else's copyrighted work:
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November 22, 2015
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Because of the work I do, which requires close concentration so I can
spot misplaced commas and see when the period is missing after Ibid., I
like to work in a quiet room. No daytime TV, which rots your brain. How
do I know this? My grandfather, who had worked in the accounting department
of one of the big St. Louis department stores, retired and started watching
daytime TV…and with five years he was hospitalized with Alzheimer’s. (It’s
a blessing that he died within a couple weeks of his hospitalization. My
family didn’t have to witness the awful decline that comes with the disease.)
Nor do I listen to daytime radio, which is mostly talkradio, i.e., nasty,
misogynistic, or “hip” men babbling on and on and on.
I don’t even, alas, listen to my vast collection of CDs anymore. They’re
mostly old musicals, Broadway and studio cast albums originally released
on 33 rpm long play records. I used to have a huge collection of these
records, but after I found the CDs, I gradually gave the records away.
If I played CDs now, I’d be singing along and not even see those superfluous
semicolons or funny spelling mistakes like “taking my dissertation to be
printed and bounded within the next few days.” (This came from a Ph.D.