Editing is Cool

I am not an English Major. I did okay in my English classes, I think I have a pretty decent grasp of how to string words together, but it’s been a long time since I’ve diagrammed a sentence. I also overuse commas. Like, a LOT. I actually like the editing process, because it reminds me about those long-forgotten grammar rules, and teaches me stuff I didn’t know. For example, I recall being taught, that for names that end in ‘s’, you just put the apostrophe at the end, without an extra s. “Russ’ shoes” On the current round of edits, I learned that according to the Chicago Manual of Style1, either is technically correct, but the preference is to add the additional s: “Russ’s shoes” Word and...

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Quick Notes for Weds

A week from now will be the cover reveal for It’s Christmas Everywhere But Here. Might as well put this out there: I’m job hunting. If you know anyone who needs a statistician with a computer science background, let me know! Have some cheeky British boys getting Ripped & Stripped for a calendar and “making of” video. If you like your calendars with a little more clothing, check out Yoga Men 2015. It is time for some website/theme maintenance. I will be fiddling with the website at some point over the next week or so. Also, due to Facebook’s recent bullshit, I am reconsidering having my author profile here at all. I haven’t made any firm decisions, but that may go away in the next bit. That’s it for...

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Growing Up White Bread

The area I grew up was not, at the time, especially racially diverse. My high school yearbook is packed somewhere (if it didn’t get pitched in the last move) but I can recall only one African-American family (and one incident where a teacher said something horribly offensive) and other than a couple exchange students, I’m not recalling anyone who was Mexican-American. So, I find things like this article on racial origins by stirringwind on tumblr very important, and very personally helpful. In a lot of ways, I think our culture teaches us that melanin content = race, and that is not the case. And that’s something I’m trying to work on, as one of my goals is to be more inclusive as an author. I am trying to make my casts more racially...

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