desoto_hia873: (William the Bloody - awmp)
Really, still here, still alive. Just, well, kinda quiet lately. I've been going through a bout of dysphoria, which sucks, but sucks much less than full blown depression would. I'm pretty sure I know what's causing it, and there's not much to be done but ride it out.

At least spring is here--sort of. The snow is melting, anyway, although that happy fact is revealing a dog-created mess in the back yard. That would be the downside of Bella-ownership. But that and the fact that she's not quite finished her heat cycle are the only downsides of her. She continues to delight me everyday in every way.

My life in bullet points:

* The Loudest Woman In The World retired last Friday. Woot! Peace reigns at the office.

* Bella and I are entering a novice obedience and novice Rally-O match on Sunday. A match is different from an official trial in that it's just for practice and doesn't count for anything. Although it will determine if we enter the trial in two weeks' time. All good obedience karma gratefully accepted. :-)

* It is daylight for more than an hour when I get home from work now. It makes me feel like a chrysalis preparing to leave my cocoon. I want to spend time outside in my yard, see what survived the winter in the flowerbeds, plant tomatoes, prune dead branches from trees, and then burn them in our chiminea.

* Bella greeted spring on Monday by running across the semi-frozen pool and falling in. :-)

* My trip to Italy is fast approaching--I leave on May 22. Egad! I actually have to start thinking about packing and how I'm going to fit all my stuff into the one suitcase I'm allowed to bring. Anyone have any suggestions for suitably touristy clothes to wear in Italy in late May/early June?

* I finally got my copy of the cod book I edited during the summer of 2006. Holy mackeral, that sucker is thick! 592 pages! And I read them every one of them, three times.

* I'm oddly obsessed lately with the For Better or For Worse comic strip. I've read most of the strip in the online archive, and I can't tell you how many games of "Dig" that I've played. This is the sort of thing that my brain does when it's not quite functioning right.

* I'm really enjoying reading the entries at [ profile] joss_las. The ones in this round are particularly good. I'm quite entranced by entry #3. When this round is over, someone tell me who wrote it!


Feb. 15th, 2008 02:32 pm
desoto_hia873: (Bookish Fred - cheesygirl)
The cod book that I spent so much time editing the summer before last has finally been published: Cod: The Ecological History of the North Atlantic Fisheries. I must email the publishers and see if they'll send me a copy.


Oct. 17th, 2006 07:23 pm
desoto_hia873: (Spike - Peek A Boo - tinkermellie)
I sent off the last of the cod book to the publisher today! Woot!

So, one less thing to worry about, which is good as I sit here surveying the amount of packing I have to do in the next 10 days. Just getting myself out of my office at work is going to be a challenge. I have so much stuff that I don't quite want to part with, but will more than likely never use again: my undergraduate textbooks (anyone need a quantum physics reference?), undergrad and grad course notes (which run the gamut from the aforementioned quantum physics to stuff on whales to air pollution), publications accumulated from several jobs, and several Spike calendars. I did go through my files and finally chucked (well, recycled) most of the photocopied journal articles that I used for my PhD thesis. 'Cause let's face it, I'm never going to read 10-year-old papers on isoprene emissions from bean plants again. They weren't that interesting the first time around.

I also went to my last choir rehearsal last night. I started Atlantic Voices four and a half years ago and was president until last year. It feels a bit strange to be leaving it behind--it's going to be a long time until I don't think of it as 'mine' anymore. The current president, who used to be my vice-president and was instrumental in getting the whole thing going in the first place, gave a little speech and presented me with a plaque and a handmade Newfoundland tartan scarf. I generally hate being in the spotlight, but it was nice and I was quite touched.

My time in Ottawa is drawing to a close. It's kind of weird.
desoto_hia873: (Bedhead Spike - eyesthatslay)
Chapter 6 of the cod book is 129 pages long and includes 288 endnotes. Chapter 7 is 169 pages long and includes 391 endnotes. I've read and edited both chapters in nine days.



Jul. 18th, 2006 09:19 pm
desoto_hia873: (WriterCon Spike - eyesthatslay)
Lucy is in an extremely spazzy mood tonight and just ran headfirst into a door frame. ::snickers::

Sheesh, I couldn't post this without first looking 'headfirst' up in the dictionary to see if it should be hypenated or not. This editing stuff is eating my brain.

Also--GIP. So very pretty! It's by [ profile] eyesthatslay.
desoto_hia873: (Illyria - The Hardest Thing - frostthepi)
A question for members of my flist who live across the pond: when should one refer to England, when Great Britain, and when the United Kingdom? Are there historical time frames for any or all of these? My cod are currently hanging out in the early 1800s and the author is using all three terms interchangeably.
desoto_hia873: (Bookish Fred - cheesygirl)
The American style of punctuation puts pretty much all punctuation inside quotation marks. I know there are occasional exceptions, though. Where would you put the colon in this example?

He wrote "to all those worthy women who have any desire to live in Newfoundland, specially to the modest and discreet gentlewoman Mistress Mason wife to Captaine Mason who lived there divers yeeres": (Poem text begins here.)

ETA: Answered!
desoto_hia873: (Spike - Reading Is Sexy - vampkiss)
"Long before the first Newfoundland settlers had any notion of who(m) they were..."

Which is correct?
desoto_hia873: (Spike - Reading Is Sexy - vampkiss)
Is there a rule for when to use "because" and when to use "as" in a sentence? This would be in a context such as 'The cat ran down the street (as/because) it was being chased by a dog.'


Jun. 18th, 2006 01:56 pm
desoto_hia873: (Spike - Anti-hero - vampkiss)
My Canadian Oxford Dictionary says that 'cannot' is a word. ::feels vindicated::

It does, however, chastise me for using 'alot'. Oh well, can't win them all.


Jun. 17th, 2006 10:46 pm
desoto_hia873: (Jayne - I Ain't Joking - Taerowyn)
This editing stuff, she is not a trivial task. This -> / <- is a gross underestimation of the slope of my learning curve right now. There's a reason The Chicago Manual of Style is 956 pages long: it covers every single nitpicky detail possible about formatting issues that I've never even considered before. I've gone through the first chapter of the cod manuscript and have already had to look up about 47,000 different things. To tell the truth, I didn't really know until yesterday when to use hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes. I certainly didn't know that the minus sign is a separate typesetting symbol altogether. We won't even get into 2-em and 3-em dashes because, frankly, I think they look silly.

I took a break this evening and met up with [ profile] lionnesss, who is in town for a few days, and several Ottawa Browncoats at a pub down in the Market. I had a rum cooler that tasted exactly like a blue freezie. And I found myself editing the menu and noting where they had neglected to hyphenate words properly.

::collapses under combined weight of punctuation marks::
desoto_hia873: (Dragon Boat Head - desoto_hia873)
The publisher for whom I am doing an editing job emailed me this afternoon and we agreed on a rate for my services as well as a deadline. I feel all official now. And slightly intimidated. I've done lots of fanfic betaing and have reviewed any number of reports written by other people at work, but now that I'm being paid - eek!

In other news, the dragon boat festival is fast approaching and our practices have been getting more intense. Thankfully, they've also been getting better - we were quite a respectable team last night. Which made my aching muscles easier to bear today. ::pops Advil::

On the downside, I feel like I'm getting a cold. Yurgh.

Off now to read Editing Canadian English, learn when to use British spelling and when American, and hyperventilate a little.
desoto_hia873: (Spike - Reading Is Sexy - vampkiss)
Well, this is most unexpected. I lived in St. John's, Newfoundland, in the early 1990s - I was a grad student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (I did an MSc in whale research). During that time, I spent a month at sea on a fisheries research vessel. The lead scientist, then working for the federal government, was using a new method to assess what remained of the cod stocks. He's since gone on to become a professor at Memorial; at one point, I contemplated doing a PhD with him.

I've stayed in intermittent contact with him because he's an interesting guy and because I harbour pipe dream-like fantasies of someday moving back to St. John's again (it's a really tough place to find a job). We tried to meet up when I was in Newfoundland on holiday last summer, but it didn't work out because he was holed up in a cabin working on a book about the history and collapse of the northern cod stocks. He sent me a chapter of the manuscript to look over before he submitted it to his publisher.

Anyway, I've just gotten an email from his publisher - also, incidentally, the publisher of my father's novels - asking if I'd be interested in being the official editor of his book. George (the author) recommended me.


All that betaing experience is going to come in handy. :-)

Yes, back from Cuba. It was lovely and I am even more freckled now than when I left. Pics to follow.


The publisher is going to contact me soon to 'discuss terms'. Does anyone have the slightest idea what the going rate for editors is these days?


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