Words, writers and writing

Picture courtesy Elijah Hail, Unsplash WHAT is it about proofreading and editing that academics find so hard to understand? Yet again a university student has requested my help in preparing their thesis for submission. And yet again, and much as I would welcome the work, I have had to say no. There are several reasons for refusal, but the main one is time. The student has set a deadline for return of the completed edit five days on from sending the request. No fees have been quoted or agreed. None of the specifics have been discussed. Nothing has been signed. Continue reading

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Writing a blog used to be a simple, time-efficient task. That is, until WordPress decided to “improve” things. And, as so often happens when such decisions are made, things became intolerably worse. It used to be a case of type of the text, select a picture and insert it wherever appropriate. Simple. Now we have blocks! Unworkable, uncontrollable, inexplicable framed chunks that are a law unto themselves. An attempt to create a ten sentence post and insert a couple of illos has ended in anger and frustration. And incomplete. A once pleasurable 15-minute task became a two hour trail of… Continue reading