Writing tips and other bits

This week I am in love with …

Phoebe Snow and Charles Dickens Phoebe Snow: the poetry woman, exquisite vocal stylist, deft guitarist. Having a mini Phoebe festival thanks to some new (second…

The joy of jargon busting

As I waded through columns and columns of similar dot points I rubbed my hands in glee; I hardly understood a word and my inner jargon-buster was looking forward to the brain-hurting challenge.

The gentle art of dictionary adding

I’ve invented a new word: togsulation. [togs-yoo-lay-shon] It’s the lovely cool you get when you wear your wet togs* home from the beach or the…

A full stop is your friend

if you find your fingers hovering indecisively over the keyboard, if you’ve rewritten that sentence countless times and still can’t get it right, if you are stuck beyond stuckness

The brain is quicker than the eye – why typos slip through

I had been communicating with a new client for a few days before he politely pointed out that name was spelt Bret, not Brett.

Why am I telling you this? Surely as an editor I should be more observant, I hear you say. And surely I should be keeping this kind of oversight to myself. You’re probably right, but I couldn’t resist. It’s a perfect example of how the eye can see one thing and the brain can see another.

The gentle art of dictionary browsing

I just had the occasion to use wherewithal in a sentence. What a lovely word. The Macquarie Dictionary defines it as follows: noun that wherewith…

The lovely week

So there’s Christmas and all the rush, bother and angst leading up to it … New Year’s Eve and all the hype, indecision and angst…

Laugh-out-loud summer read

A book I edited is up on Amazon and the customer reviews are right, Shizzle Inc is a rollicking laugh-out-loud book. It was probably the…