Possum’s Practical Editing

Small marsupials don’t appear at first glance to have much to do with editing, but there is a connection. Possumness (to coin a noun) suits this category for both personal and metaphorical reasons. The Possum of Eliot’s  Old Possum’s Practical Cats is old, and I too am old — or at least old enough to have encountered most of the language… Continue reading

Editors’ Field Trip

Yesterday I spent six precious weekend hours — sunny Saturday in Vancouver! — participating in a seminar about the mechanics of editing taught by Frances Peck and sponsored by the Editors’ Association of Canada, BC Branch. The lecture was an editorial refresher — reminding participants, almost all experienced editors and writers, to recognize contemporary issues, keep up our stylesheets,… Continue reading