November 2nd, 2010

ever so slightly mad

words words words

Because I am good with words crazy, I sort of volunteered to do a copy-edit on the overview paper about our project that we're submitting to a major journal. My boss was keen on this, and is hoping I'll be able to tighten it up considerably and bring it down below the word limit.

I have been working a LOT on this lately (I stayed up until Stupid O'Clock in the morning Sunday night fixing all the formatting), but weirdly, I don't mind at all. I'm enjoying it, and find myself putting off other tasks to work on this instead.

Part of it is that I have no emotional investment in the existing text at all. Terrible sentence structure? Not mine! Kill it! Part of it is that there's a lot to fix, and the gratification of doing so is instant. And part of it is that, well, I am good with words, so it's an enjoyable exercise of craft.

It also makes me feel a smidge megalomaniacal to have this very important thing under my complete dominion. Bwa-ha.

The document is bleeding with tracked changes. I love it.