Possum’s Practical Editing

In the market of Nether World Street

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 puzzles and traps that English has in store for even the most experienced writer. In their natural environment possums are effective hunters, successful survivors, and largely invisible, and I see editors taking on a similar guise. Our best work is done quietly and expertly, usually in isolation, and the effort if done well, should be invisible.

With that metaphor in mind, these posts will always include some practical advice for you the writer. For example, take a look at this nice-looking list, written to guide customer relations in the scarily named Market of Neth Continue reading