May 20
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Way back in the begin­ning of my foray into copy­edit­ing, a writer named Bathsheba Smithen was referred to me. As we worked together on her first book, Who Cares What You Think … So What You Think?, I was tick­led to dis­cover how much we had in com­mon — despite much of her life and work tak­ing place in inner-city, poverty-challenged neigh­bor­hoods, and mine in Mid­west­ern com­mu­ni­tiess, some prac­ti­cally rural; despite the fact that she is black and I am white; despite the fact that she is in her 20s and I am in my 40s. Turns out, we have lots in com­mon! — not least, that we are both mar­ried and each have a child we have adopted as our own and a younger child we gave birth to; that we both hold Master’s degrees; that we both lean on our Chris­t­ian faith, even amid chal­lenges and doubts. Please take a cou­ple min­utes to meet Sheba for yourself:

I went on to help Sheba with more of her writ­ing: Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 1
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Wikipedia: Copy­edit­ing tool and so much more

I often use Wikipedia, the free online ency­clo­pe­dia, for my copy­edit­ing work because fact-checking is often part of copy­edit­ing projects. Though Wikipedia isn’t con­sid­ered cred­i­ble enough to be a stand-alone source of doc­u­men­ta­tion in an aca­d­e­mic paper or schol­arly work, it works great for double-checking a bit of information.

So when I saw a fundrais­ing ad on Wikipedia in Decem­ber, I opted to donate a few dol­lars. If every­one who uses Wikipedia donates a mere $3 or $5 a year, it will con­tinue to be a ready resource for us. But my point here isn’t to make a fundrais­ing plea. It’s to share what I found in my inbox today as part of a “thank you” from Wikipedia: this video. Take a look … Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 3
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Friends, what I am about to share with you has really touched my heart, and I want to help get the mes­sage out far and wide. It’s a story of love, loss, and heartache deeper than it would have had to be if jus­tice and equal­ity, not to men­tion sim­ple com­pas­sion, had been prac­ticed. I learned about it through Shelly Gold­stein, one of our most awe­some writ­ers at the “10,000 Cou­ples” web-mag. She plugs this project in our July issue.

If you will, I’d be grate­ful for your tak­ing a few min­utes to read about this doc­u­men­tary film project and, most impor­tant, to watch the video that explains it all. Then, if your heart is moved, please make a pledge. Shane and Linda need $300,000 in pledges by JULY 19 in order to make the film. You can pledge as lit­tle as a dol­lar, though I opted to give $50. Wish I could do much more. Hope you can help.

This mes­sage was in my email inbox this morning:

Hello every­one,

Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port! We have now passed over 1,000 back­ers and we are not far from reach­ing 50% of our goal. 

Kick­starter fundrais­ing cam­paigns tend to slow down around the halfway mark, so we ask that you please con­tinue doing what­ever you can to spread the word about Bride­groom. If we don’t reach our goal of $300,000 by Thurs­day July 19th, all of your pledges are returned, and we not only lose the oppor­tu­nity to make this film, but we lose the oppor­tu­nity to open people’s hearts and minds on this impor­tant human rights issue. 

Sin­cerely,

Linda and Shane

Thanks, every­one.  ~Heidi

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