Coming Up September 11: Today I Learned…

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Share a lesson from the past year and catch up with colleagues!

On “Editor Twitter,” many posts begin with the abbreviation “TIL,” which stands for “Today I learned ….” We thought that would make a good theme for an editor’s gathering. No matter how old we get, there’s something about September that makes us feel like it’s back-to-school time. And goodness knows we could all use a little wisdom.

So, we’re asking everyone to join us on Wednesday, September 11, at our usual place and time, ready to tell about something new you’ve learned recently. It could be a new editing-related skill, an insight that’s helped to improve your business, a quick trick in Word that’s doubled your speed ─ anything new you’ve learned and would like to share.

We’ll also have a short discussion of Twig business and national announcements, and plenty of time to catch up and share, network and mingle. Find out what your old editing friends have been up to and meet some new ones.

Meanwhile, we’re planning our second-ever twig annual general meeting, to be held online as a videoconference, later in the month. Details coming soon!

Hope to see you on the 11th. Bring a friend!

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Join Us

Ongwanada Resource Centre
191 Portsmouth Avenue
7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Free for Editors Canada members
$5 for visitors

Elizabeth d’Anjou and Stephanie Stone

Editors Kingston coordinators

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Coming Up June 12: Summer Social at Merchant Tap Room

YES, summer is coming, despite the lingering chill in the air. Let’s celebrate!

We did well last year at the Merchant Tap Room, so have booked there again: 6a Princess Street, Kingston (just north of the Holiday Inn), 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12.

It’s an accessible, historic stone building and has an extensive menu of food and draft beers.
Merchant Tap House PatioWe won’t be meeting in July and August, so don’t miss this chance to eat, drink, share summer plans, and catch up. (Elizabeth might even have managed to acquire photos of her workspace to share by then. ;-p )

Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. The $5 fee for meeting visitors does *not* apply for this social event. All are welcome; bring a partner or friend!

RSVP to Stephanie If You’re Coming

If you’ll be joining us, please RSVP to Stephanie Stone by Monday, June 10, at sstone4@cogeco.ca.

Parking

The closest street parking is on Ontario Street or else Clarence Street. There are also the parking lots on Ontario Street at Brock and opposite the Holiday Inn. There is a walkway just below the pub that takes one to the Brock Street pier and the waterfront park.

See you there!

Workplace Show-and-Tell

Eight of us had a lovely time sharing our workspaces at the gathering on May 8. Even in this small group, there was a surprising diversity even in setups!

Wade's Workspace

Wade’s desk at at co-working space downtown. Pros include no household distractions and encountering actual humans during the workday. Cons include a steady stream of tours for people considering taking desks at the co-working facility for fewer distractions.

Steph's Workspace

Right: Stephanie’s desk. Its generous size and the TWO lamps were much admired.

Mickeelie's Workspace

Middle Row Left: Mickeelie’s desk, submitted even though Mickeelie couldn’t be there. We were in awe. Copper pencil cup, fresh flowers, and carafe: dead giveaways that Mickeelie is of the Instagram generation.

Brenda's Workspace 3

The moment we have all been waiting for: Brenda’s treadmill desk! The treadmill surface folds up when necessary (“Oh, like a Murphy bed!”) to give the unit a very small footprint. Below left: the treadmill desk again. Below right: Brenda’s trusty assistant.

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Bob's Workspace

Bob’s desk. Computer is an all-in-one (no tower unit). Vintage desk was much admired.  Also the inspirational toy cars at left.

 

Adrienne's Workspace

Adrienne’s desk. IKEA brackets at the back mount the flat-screen monitor, while the laptop gives a second one. Ultra-wide keyboard tray. A PC-on-a-Stick lets her record versions of her famous instructional videos on using Word and other technology for both Mac and Windows.

 

And Don’t Miss….

In response to a request, Adrienne supplied links for more info on some of her tech:

Ellie declined to submit a photo (“I didn’t have time to tidy up”), but described her setup, which also includes a keyboard tray.

Elizabeth couldn’t get her photos to upload, and in any case explained that her office was in the midst of a slow makeover. Two new desks (a main computer station and a smaller drop-leaf one for the occasional paper work) have been installed, but the monitor stand arrived in the wrong colour, so a stack of reference books is doing the job for now.

And Lee, now retired, described how she got in the habit of working on her bed, with a big lap-board and, later, a laptop computer on a wall-mounted monitor arm, when there was no corner of a child-filled house for a separate workspace. Later, as an empty nester with a room to dedicate as an office, she couldn’t help but … put a “work bed” in it.

Want to Play?

Post a comment here with a photo of your workspace, or post it on our Facebook group.

Announcements

The conference is coming up, June 7 to 9. Elizabeth will be attending. She’ll also be at the AGM, which is held on the conference Saturday; if you’d like her to carry a proxy, she’ll be happy to cast votes for you. OR you can attend from home by Zoom. (Info and a proxy form have been sent to all members; if you need help, contact the national office: info@editors.ca .)

We’re hoping to have a Twig AGM in September again. Details to come. Next year we’ll try to move it to May.

Summer Social

Save the date: join us for dinner and/or drinks at a fine Kingston eatery on June 12. Details soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Up May 8: Workspace Show-and-Tell

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Are you sitting in your usual workspace as you read this? If not, pretend you are. Are you in a home office? In your employer’s office? A café? An oak-lined library? What kind of desk are you sitting at—or standing at? Or is it the dining table? Or is your laptop balanced on your knees?

Do you have two monitors? Three? Is there an ergonomic keyboard that doubles your productivity? Is there a favourite mug always on your desk, full of chamomile tea?

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Are you by a window with a lovely view? Is there a bookcase within reach, or are all your go-to resources online these days? How far do you have to go for snacks? Are there by any chance … cats?

At Editors Kingston, we often share about what we do; for our May gathering, we thought it would be fun to talk about where and with what. Come join us and share whatever details you’d like about your workspace.

Share a Photo

LauravillejiquelWhy not snap a photo of your space, and we’ll have a slide show? Email your pic to Stephanie Stone at sstone4@cogeco.ca or post it to the Editors Kingston Facebook group by Tuesday, May 7.

You can do this even if you aren’t able to come to the meeting! The more workspaces, the merrier.

 

Join Us!

Wednesday, May 8

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue

7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).

Free for Editors Canada members; $5 fee for visitors (first meeting free).

Coming Up June 12: Spring Social!

Details TBA.

 


Image Credits: Computer desk by Julien Houbrechts, used under Creative Commons licence SA 2.0. Medieval writing desk from the book South by East: Notes of Travel in Southern Europe by G.F. Rodwell (1877), public domain. Laptop at café table by Laorus, used under Creative Commons licence SA 3.0.

Coming Up April 10: Exploring Canadian English

Strathy

The Strathy Language Unit was established at Queen’s University in 1981 with a mission to study standard English usage in Canada. Since that time, the unit has supported a variety of initiatives to examine Canadian English from diverse perspectives as well as the notion of a “standard” in an evolving linguistic landscape.

We are extremely pleased to be welcoming Dr. Anastasia Riehl, Director of the Language Unit, to join us on April 10 to give a presentation on “Exploring Canadian English with Linguistic Corpora.” Given that the Unit is hosted at Queen’s University (it was founded with a bequest from alumnus J.R. Strathy), it seems only natural to have its unique work as the subject of an Editors Kingston gathering.

Riehl

In her role as Director of the Strathy Language Unit, Dr. Riehl pursues and supports projects that explore Canadian English from linguistic, social and historical perspectives. Her other areas of research interest include phonology (sound patterns) and endangered-language documentation.

The Strathy Language Unit, according to its Queen’s web page, has “produced two editions of the Guide to Canadian English Usage as well as two paper series; established the Strathy Corpus of Canadian English; collaborated on projects such as the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles; supported an undergraduate course in Canadian English at Queen’s; hosted conferences such as the […] 2014 Change and Variation in Canada; and served as a resource for students, international scholars and members of the public interested in Canadian English.”

Also

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Hear Elizabeth’s report from the ACES conference in Providence, where 800+ American editors gathered for three days of editorial hijinks and general word nerdery, and where she sold a copy of Editing Canadian English 3 to the New Yorker’s copy editor emerita, Mary Norris.

Join Us!

Wednesday, April 10

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue

7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).

Free for Editors Canada members; $5 fee for visitors (first meeting free).

 

Coming Up February 13: Adventures in Indexing

IndexJoin us on Wednesday, February 13, to talk indexing with member Nancy Wills!

A former co-coordinator of Editors Kingston, Nancy is a freelancer who splits her time about evenly between editing and indexing. “After many years with the provincial government,” she says, “some years ago I embarked on a career change that allowed me to focus on the aspects of the former job that I most enjoyed.” Nancy is also the Editors Canada list monitor.

She’ll share her experiences as an indexer in an informal chat. Bring your indexing questions, comments, and experiences. And look forward, as always, to networking (and snacking) with your fellow twiggers.

Join Us!

Our meeting will take place at the usual place and time:

Free for Editors Canada members; $5 fee for visitors (first meeting free).

Upcoming Meetings

March 13: Discussion Topic TBA (have a suggestion? let us know!)

April  10: Meet Anastasia Riehl, Director of the Strathy Language Unit at Queen’s

Webinar

Don’t forget the Editors Canada webinar series, Copy Editing Live!, led by twig coordinator Elizabeth d’Anjou, begins on Thursday, February 7.

 

Coming Up January 9: Managing the Freelance Life

Singapore Firm Challenges Hootsuite Bufferby Brenda Leifso

How did that happen?  Suddenly January is upon us in full swing, and already we might feel as if we are scrambling around trying to keep it all together. To that end, our monthly Kingston Twig meeting is scheduled for this coming Wednesday with the ever-pertinent topic of Managing the Freelance Life. Come share your questions and strategies around managing money, time, workflow, difficult clients, or whatever other questions or concerns you have around big-M and little-m managing.

Join Us!

Our meeting will take place at the usual place and time:

Free for Editors Canada members; $5 fee for visitors (first meeting free).

 

Editors Talk Poetry / Poets Talk Editing

by Elizabeth d’Anjou

2018-11-14 19.42.34It’s often the editor’s task to straddle the divide between creativity and convention. How does this unique relationship to a text play out when it comes to that most creative of media, poetry?

Our twig community happens to be uniquely positioned to discuss this question as we are fortunate enough to count among us a number of editors who are also poets (or is that poets who are also editors?).

On November 14, those at the twig gathering heard from three of them: Brenda Leifso, Bob MacKenzie, and Mickeelie Webb shared their thoughts and experiences about the writing and editing of poems, with Ellie Barton moderating.

We were pleased to hear each panellist read a few poems from their oeuvre to start out. Then Ellie led a lively discussion on topics from “How does knowing a poem will be read aloud affect your approach to writing it?” to “Have you ever had your poems edited? By whom? What was that experience like?” to “Is there much demand for poetry editors?”

Brenda Leifso

book cover of Wild MadderThe first questions of the evening were about Brenda’s office setup as attendees were intrigued by the mention in Ellie’s introduction that Brenda recently began using a treadmill desk. (She now walks about 20 km a day while working!) Brenda is, in addition to an editor and poet, a teacher, mother, yoga instructor, and outdoor enthusiast.

Her third book of poetry, Wild Madder, will be published by Brick Books in April 2019. Her previous titles are Barren the Fury, published in 2015 by Pedlar Press, and Daughters of Men, published in 2008 by Brick Books.

Brenda has an MA in English from the University of Victoria and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She now lives in Kingston, although her eastern migration from Victoria took about 20 years.

Bob MacKenzie

Bob MacKenzie has been writing poetry since his teens and has been a professional literary and commercial writer in many forms, including poetry, for more than half a century. He has eight books of poetry published, with another on the way. (He modestly refraine2018-11-14 21.07.50d from giving Ellie a list to include in his introduction, saying instead, “Blah blah blah—if you want to know, talk to me at the break”).

He has worked as a professional editor, both as a freelancer and as an employee, in print and broadcast media as well as at advertising agencies. Although he is not a current member of Editors Canada, he was an early member of its progenitor, the Freelance Editors’ Association of Canada, and has been attending gatherings of this twig since its early days.

 

Mickeelie Webb

2018-11-14 19.04.06Mickeelie is building a career as a freelance editor here in Kingston. She completed her master’s in English at Queen’s in 2017 and liked Kingston so much that she decided to stay. She writes both fiction and poetry. While her poetry presently remains largely unpublished, it has been featured in a number of other avenues and media.

In the summer, she started performing her poetry at2018-11-14 19.52.34 the Elm Café, and her work has been featured (and was scheduled to be featured again later that week) on CFRC’s “finding a voice” program, hosted by Bruce Kauffman. Mickeelie created her first poetry chapbook for this event!

 

Announcements

Webinars: Editors Canada upcoming webinars include

  • an introduction to macros by the brilliant and entertaining James Harbeck
  • a two-part series with Elizabeth d’Anjou, called “Real-Life Grammar,” with a focus on modifiers and parallelism

Recordings of earlier webinars are available for purchase.

Connecting with Other Twigs: Elizabeth participated in a conference call recently with leaders of the other Editors Canada twigs in the eastern half of the country, including Barrie, Halifax, Kingston/Waterloo. She noted that several other twigs also have instituted fee policies similar to ours (Editors Canada members attend twig meetings free, and visitors are charged $5 per meeting after attending the first one). It was a good exchange of ideas and information that will be repeated a few times a year.

Coming Up in December: Holiday Social!

Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.

Milestones on Princess Street (pay-as-you-go)

Partners and friends welcome!

Please RSVP to Brenda by Friday, December 7: bleifso@gmail.com

Coming Up in January:

The Business of Editing—The Nitty Gritty

It’s not enough to just edit things; a professional editor needs the editing to pay the bills, too. Last year in January, we had our biggest turnout ever with a highly practical session about marketing. This January, let’s talk turkey about money. How do you decide how much to charge? Is it possible to keep a steady income as a freelance editor? How do you ask for a raise at an in-house editing job? We’ll spend the evening sharing information, strategies, successes, and lessons learned. You’ll go home wiser, and maybe even come back in February a little richer!

Editors Talk Poetry

…or is it Poets Talk Editing?

Our twig community is fortunate enough to count among us a number of editors who are also poets (or is that poets who are also editors?).

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On November 14, a panel consisting of Brenda Leifso, Bob MacKenzie, and Mickeelie Webb will share their thoughts and experiences about the writing and editing of poems. Ellie Barton will moderate.

It is often the editor’s task to straddle the divide between creativity and convention. How does this unique relationship to a text play out when it comes to that most creative of media, poetry?

Join us to consider questions of art, conventions, inspiration, process and more—and, of course, to share snacks, network, and socialize with fellow twiggers.

Bring questions! Bring a friend! Bring a poem!

Join Us!

Coming Up December 12

Holiday Social at Milestones

Come celebrate the season with your fellow twiggers by enjoying an informal, pay-as-you-go meal. Partners and friends are welcome too!

Reading Into Fall

by Elizabeth d’Anjou with Anne Marie Benoit
Brenda is shown sitting at the meeting table holding the book, with papers and meeting snacks in front of her.

Brenda Leifso recommends The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne.

As the leaves turned red and the air turned cool in October,  Editors Kingston gathered to talk books.

Everyone had been asked to talk about a book they’d read recently, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on reads that had taught them something, about editing or otherwise.

We welcomed three newcomers: Jane Kirby, who had come to share some information about the Kingston chapter of the Freelancers Union (see under Announcements below), but was persuaded to stay for the bookish chat and excellent snacks (thank you, Brenda!); Jonathan Balcombe, a long-time professional editor and writer recently returned to Ontario, and Anne Marie Benoit, who is exploring editing as a career and heard about the group through a family friend.

Anne Marie graciously agreed to take notes on people’s picks:

  • Jane recommends Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin. Le Guin gives tips on writing and provides writing exercises.
  • The Childhood of JesusJonathan recommends The Childhood of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee, about a man and a boy who immigrate to a new land. They face many challenges from learning a new language, to locating the boy’s mother, to fitting into a new culture with varying degrees of success. Also Underbugs by Lisa Margonelli, a pop science book about termites and how they live.
  • Greg recommends (with reservations) The Artful Edit by Susan Bell. This book is about how to edit your own writing and gain the objectivity to do so. Some of the points the book makes will be frustratingly obvious to experienced editors, but it may prove useful to new editors.
  • Anne Marie recommends The Way We Hold On by Abena Beloved Green. This is a semi-autobiographical book of poetry. It is interesting because it successfully commits spoken word poems to the page.
  • Brenda recommends The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. This book is based on a podcast that features an experienced editor mentoring a new fiction writer; it will be of use to editors interested in editing fiction who need to learn the conventions of different genres of fiction.
  • Elizabeth recommends The Canadian Press: Caps and Spelling by James McCarten. A book to use rather than read, this slender volume makes a useful companion to the Oxford Canadian Dictionary. It gives updated spellings and capitalization conventions and adds new words that did not exist at the time Oxford released its last Canadian edition. Also: February by Lisa Moore, which tells the story of a woman who loses her husband when the oil rig Ocean Ranger sinks off the coast of Newfoundland on Valentine’s Day, killing everyone working on it. It shows what the woman’s life was like before the event as well as the lingering effect it has on her life afterwards.

Announcements

 

Jane Kirby shows off a Canadian Freelancers Union postcard.

Freelancers Union: Jane Kirby, visiting from the Canadian Freelancers Union (Unifor), spoke about what the organization has to offer Kingston freelance workers, which includes many editors. Health insurance, support in cases of grievances with clients, and advice related to contracts are some of the services. The union also puts on some local events, including a panel discussion, Decent Work Under Ford, coming up on November 7. We hope to see Jane again! 

Webinars: Editors Canada upcoming webinars include a four-part series on plain language led by Kate Harrison Whiteside, a well-known expert in the area.

Recordings of earlier webinars are available for purchase, including

  • Starting a Freelance Editing Career (with Christine LeBlanc)
  • Manuscript Evaluation (with Greg Ioannou)
  • Eight-Step Editing (with Elizabeth herself)

AGM: The Kingston twig’s first-ever AGM was held on Wednesday, September 19,online using Zoom meeting software. Elizabeth gave a brief report on how the twig has fared over the last year; a few questions were answered; and members officially elected the twig leadership. Seven members (about half) and one visitor attended. The door prize of an Editors Canada calendar went to Greg Murphy.

Fee policy: The twig’s fee policy is in effect: Editors Canada members continue to attend twig meetings free, and visitors are charged $5 per meeting (after the first).

Coming Up: Editors Talk Poetry

On November 14, a panel of Kingston editors who are also poets will share their thoughts and experiences about the writing and editing of poems. Join us!