Tuesday, June 22, 2004

On a copy editing high

Wuzzup, peeps!!??!!?? I'm a little hyper this afternoon. Not sure why.

Not a lot going on in the Polka-dotted world, except a lot of looking things up in the dictionary. For example, that zigzag, flat, matte trimming you see on little girls' dresses from the 80s is "rickrack"---notice: no hyphen. Yep, that's the kind of thing I do all day. Well, not the only thing, but one of the tasks.

I'm reading the supposedly widely popular Eats, Shoots & Leaves, in which the author rants (with good reason) about the misused apostrophe. I saw it today: "it's" was being used when the writer should have used "its" to show possession. Argh, argh, argh, argh, ARGH!!!

I admit it...I'm a stickler! And I'll shoot our motto: Sticklers unite!!!!!

You have noticed that I do use ellipses with fearless abandon and often write in sentence fragments and use alternative spellings. That's just me online, folks. And it's how I talk, as well. I think. Call it "stream of consciousness but with punctuation."

I like being a copy editor. We copy editors are champions for what so many in society have abandoned: good grammar, punctuation, and spelling and consistent style.

Now...how to make more money at this??? Hrm...

No, I'm kidding! I don't care so much about rakin' in the bling. I would like to buy a couch, a new desk, and a new computer para mi casita. But I don't need a Benz. I would like to help people with their writing: teach them how to improve their grammar, spelling, and punctuation; show them how to improve the clarity of their writing so that their messages are communicated without so many glitches; and encourage them to write creative pieces. I believe writing-art-communication is great therapy and necessary to healing. I don't think I would have emotionally survived high school without writing all that really bad poetry. (Heehee...my junior year English teacher teased me that I was Emily Dickinson reincarnated.)

Well, that's it for now. Gotta go level the colorful mountain range of laundry that's redefining the geography of my living room.

Tah-tah for now!
E.

2 comments:

Cupcake Man said...

wonderful to meet you. decent editors are a dying breed--rage against that dying light. bonus for you, the worse our civilization's collective writing ability gets, the more money you ought to make. pray for a dark age!

Elena said...

Patrick, do you have a blog? Would like to check it out.

*curtsies* Thank you, kind sir, for the compliment.

And I believe you are the first to insert a Dylan Thomas quote (did I get that right?) into my blog.