Haiku for the Day

rude awakening a green shoot sprouts through concrete Buddha wakening

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Nice Editing Shortcut

Here’s a Handy Tool for Writers Besides writing, I work as an editor and proofreader. When I get back a copyedited work, I am then tasked with—assuming it’s a Word doc with Tracking turned on—Accepting or Rejecting edits, which I can see in a Reviewing Pane and address one at a time, either right-clicking or […]

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Book Review: Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias

Earl

November 23, 2016

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I remember, from back in the day, how much you could tell about an auditioning musician, even before he started playing: the way he touched his instrument, the way he played a chord or a lick after tuning—not to show off but to establish that the tone was right—and I would say to myself, “OK, […]

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A ghost from my past sent me gifts.

The images are complex and fascinating, with a weird, alien beauty. I asked him how he created them and he got irritated and said, “That’s sort of like if you wrote a book and everyone became obsessed with your word processing software.” I started calling him “Cranky Buddy” and he lightened up and told me […]

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How Well Can the Barber Cut His Own Hair?

Earl

February 21, 2016

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Or rather: How well can a writer edit and proof his or her own work? As a writer as well as a working editor/proofreader, I was shocked to see that (at least) two glitches in my second novel (TRUST ME) got past me, my editor, the copy editor, and the proofreader. They’re the kind of […]

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