Review: Ready Player One

I both loved this book and really disliked parts of it. If you haven’t read it, here’s what it’s about. The text below contains some spoilers. Key details: Author: Ernest Cline POV/Viewpoint character: First person, immersive. Wade Watts (online avatar: Parzival) – an orphaned teenager living in the ‘stacks’ in Ohio, the mid-twenty-first century equivalent … Continue reading Review: Ready Player One

Contextual Distance and Exposition in Ethnography and SFF

What does ethnography have in common with science fiction and fantasy writing? Extensive use of exposition is arguably one point of common ground. SFF authors create new imaginary worlds. Ethnographers, meanwhile, describe social situations, events, rituals etc. – usually from a perspective that does not assume the reader is deeply familiar with that setting. Ethnography’s … Continue reading Contextual Distance and Exposition in Ethnography and SFF

5 reasons NOT to hire me to edit your academic book or journal article

Let's keep this simple ... why should you NOT hire me to edit your academic book or journal article? 1) You just need light copyediting or proofreading Light copyediting and proofreading normally happens after you submit your book or journal article to a publisher or journal. It’s about preparing the text for publication and checking … Continue reading 5 reasons NOT to hire me to edit your academic book or journal article

An English-language Editor Takes the Mandarin HSK3 Exam

UPDATE (21/12/21): Scroll to the bottom to find out how I did! The HSK exams test knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. I took the HSK 3 exam on Saturday 11 December. This level tests lower-intermediate (A2–B1) skills. I passed the HSK2 exam one year ago, but this level does not require knowledge of Chinese characters, so … Continue reading An English-language Editor Takes the Mandarin HSK3 Exam

The Narrative Craft: 2021 round-up

2021 round-up: a busy start Where to begin with this year's round-up?! It's been a busy one. I’ve launched two new services: academic developmental editing and fiction copyediting. The main catalyst was my desire to do some more involved editorial work. I realised I needed some training, so I took Laura Portwood-Stacer’s course Developmental Editing … Continue reading The Narrative Craft: 2021 round-up

5 translation pitfalls in the narrative social sciences

Historians, social anthropologists, and qualitative sociologists often work across different cultural and linguistic contexts. For example, you might do your research in German or Croatian, but publish some of it in English. All of these endeavours involve a kind of cultural translation. They often include the translation of interview excerpts, field observations, and academic texts … Continue reading 5 translation pitfalls in the narrative social sciences

Book review: Networking for Freelance Editors

Networking for Freelance Editors: Practical Strategies for Networking Success by Brittany Dowdle, Linda Ruggeri Find out more on their website here Network like a heroine! Networking can seem scary and intimidating. No more so than for introverts, of whom there are many in the editorial world. This book aims to change this perception! On the first few … Continue reading Book review: Networking for Freelance Editors

Filter words: how to include thoughts and feelings in ethnography

This blog post covers: Narrative distance in ethnographyFilter words and reported thought Fiction writers are lucky! They have a range of options they can use to describe characters’ thoughts and feelings. In creative non-fiction, there are a few more constraints. We can’t go head-hopping or second guessing the thoughts of characters in a memoir or … Continue reading Filter words: how to include thoughts and feelings in ethnography

How to deal with POV shifts in ethnographic writing

This post: Covers the basics of POV in fiction writingExamines the use of the first person limited in ethnographyDiscusses possible pitfalls What is POV? Points of view (POVs) are present in all texts. Put simply, they are the position from which the narrative is being told. In academic non-fiction, authors often jump between phrases such … Continue reading How to deal with POV shifts in ethnographic writing

How to leave academia and start an editorial business

This post covers: Skills you already haveSkills and knowledge needed to successfully transition from academia to running an editorial businessCopyediting and the pitfall of prestige When I hit thirty, I started thinking about exit strategies from academia. While I loved the research, writing, sharing of ideas, and opportunities to travel, other aspects bothered me. Overwork … Continue reading How to leave academia and start an editorial business