Aug 2
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I had never been inter­viewed on the radio prior to July 12, but now I can add that unique expe­ri­ence to the list of inter­est­ing things I’ve got­ten to do as a free­lance edi­tor and writer. The pro­gram “Rain­bow Radio” inter­viewed me as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the e-magazine “10,000 Cou­ples,” for which I serve as Asso­ciate Edi­tor, and the inter­view aired July 15. To lis­ten, click the tri­an­gle “but­ton” above.

Turns out, being inter­viewed on “Rain­bow Radio” placed me in very good com­pany: The very next episode, July 22, fea­tured for­mer Olympic gold-medal diver Greg Louga­nis! (Click the link <— at left to hear this inter­view.) Not that I got to talk with Greg, or even be on air on the same date, but still! It’s about as close as I’ve ever come to celebrity! (Well, along with inter­view­ing and copy­edit­ing a book for pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Fred Karger; and the school where one of my clients teaches being fea­tured on “60 Min­utes”; and the fact that, every month, I get to work with the amaz­ing Shelly Gold­stein on her reg­u­lar, fea­tured col­umn in “10,000 Cou­ples” — Shelly, who has writ­ten com­edy that has aired on HBO, who knows many celebri­ties per­son­ally, and who has writ­ten some of the fun­ni­est song par­o­dies I’ve ever heard to help peo­ple take a look at seri­ous issues of injustice.)

So, yeah… this copy­edit­ing, proof­read­ing, and writ­ing gig is a lot of fun!!

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Please answer one of these ques­tions in a com­ment below:

1. What’s the clos­est you’ve come to a brush with celebrity?

2. Lis­ten to either inter­view above and let us know what you thought of it.

Thanks for chim­ing in!

Jun 21
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Accord­ing to a June 19, 2012, arti­cle in The Wall Street Jour­nal, “This Embar­rasses You and I*: Gram­mar Gaffes Invade the Office in an Age of Infor­mal Email, Tex­ting and Twit­ter. (The arti­cle includes an inter­ac­tive Gram­mar Quiz; check it out!)  “Man­agers are fight­ing an epi­demic of gram­mar gaffes in the work­place. Many of them attribute slip­ping skills to the infor­mal­ity of email, tex­ting and Twit­ter where slang and short­cuts are com­mon. Such loose­ness with lan­guage can cre­ate bad impres­sions with clients, ruin mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als and cause com­mu­ni­ca­tions errors, many man­agers say.”

It will be no sur­prise to any­one that,. as a pro­fes­sional edi­tor, I whole­heart­edly agree! What’s even worse, how­ever, Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 21
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Love the mes­sage here — and in the spirit of the sea­son, I’ll for­give the miss­ing apos­tro­phes! But it’s just a good reminder that EVERYONE can use a proof­reader!! Merry Christ­mas from Final Touch Proof­read­ing & Editing!

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