Blog 2017-08-03T10:32:56+00:00

BLOG

1805, 2015

PUNCTUATION IN BULLETED LISTS

By | May 18th, 2015|Categories: bulleted lists, editing, usage|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

This is something most people have to look up. Which of the examples is correct?

Example A

Several recent incidents have caused concern on the part of Management:

  • unauthorized science experiments in the staff room
  • employees pointing and laughing at rude or annoying customers
  • conspicuous tap dancing in the […]
1305, 2015

Landfall Trust Writer-in-Residence!

By | May 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Photo by Landfall Trust board member Dennis Flynn

I’m completely thrilled to have been awarded a writer’s residency in Brigus this fall. Brigus is, of course, a place of spectacular beauty. And I will have two whole weeks to hide away and do nothing but write. […]

3008, 2014

WHEN CLIENTS DON’T WANT TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN STYLE GUIDE: WHAT’S AN EDITOR TO DO?

By | August 30th, 2014|Categories: editing|Tags: , , |Comments Off on WHEN CLIENTS DON’T WANT TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN STYLE GUIDE: WHAT’S AN EDITOR TO DO?

I had this note from a colleague.

Sorry to bother you on a weekend, but I have combed my books and cannot find an answer to satisfy a client on this issue.

The client asked for APA. The supervisor asked for APA. However, both […]

1907, 2014

DON’T BE ON A FIRST-NAME BASIS WITH YOUR CITATIONS

By | July 19th, 2014|Categories: APA citations, editing|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on DON’T BE ON A FIRST-NAME BASIS WITH YOUR CITATIONS

A colleague emailed me recently about APA style and how to identify the author of a citation.

“I have a picky question,” she said. Good! I like that kind.

The first time the author’s name is given, she wondered, do you give the full name, as follows?

Claire […]

1503, 2014

IS MY BAND’S NAME SINGULAR OR PLURAL?

By | March 15th, 2014|Categories: editing, grammar, plurals, usage|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on IS MY BAND’S NAME SINGULAR OR PLURAL?

I received the following question about singular/plural usage. It’s one a lot of people struggle with, so I’m posting it here, with my response.

The basic question is: should a group of people referred to by a singular name (the CBC, the government, One Direction) be considered singular […]

1612, 2013

LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING: THE FORGOTTEN WALTZ

By | December 16th, 2013|Categories: literature|Tags: , , |Comments Off on LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING: THE FORGOTTEN WALTZ

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, think about Anne Enright’s book The Forgotten Waltz. Enright, who shot to celebrity when she won the Man Booker in 2007, gave a terrific reading with Lisa Moore at the Winterset literary festival in Eastport in August. The Forgotten Waltz […]

211, 2013

EDITING OUT THE PASSIVE

By | November 2nd, 2013|Categories: editing, grammar|Tags: , , |Comments Off on EDITING OUT THE PASSIVE

A friend submitted an article to a journal. The reviewer wanted the passive voice removed from the beginning of a particular section of the article, and the friend wanted to know what’s involved in that kind of revision. The section in question is here.

There […]

1609, 2013

TRANSLATE IN QUEBEC CITY: A CONFERENCE FOR PREMIUM MARKET TRANSLATORS (29-31 August 2013)

By | September 16th, 2013|Categories: translation|Tags: , |Comments Off on TRANSLATE IN QUEBEC CITY: A CONFERENCE FOR PREMIUM MARKET TRANSLATORS (29-31 August 2013)

 IMG_0357You can forget how beautiful Quebec City is. And then you go back and it wraps itself around you: all that textured stone, the Plains of Abraham, the river, the tall European-looking buildings with shutters on the windows. Twenty-first […]