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words words words [Nov. 2nd, 2010|10:21 pm]
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.

[User Picture]From: dcseain
2010-11-03 04:50 am (UTC)
:D Sounds gloriously fun!
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2010-11-03 01:48 pm (UTC)
As someone whose words you have mercilessly red-penned, I do declare you a very fine editor! You go!
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2010-11-03 02:56 pm (UTC)
I find there to be a Zen-like beauty to editing other people's work. I lose myself in it. I think you're right. It is easier and more enjoyable when I'm not emotionally invested in the words. Totally get you here.
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From: detailbear
2010-11-03 04:52 pm (UTC)
I LOVE writing and editing! I'd really rather do it that support. *sigh*

Keep up the great work!
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[User Picture]From: srotu27
2010-11-03 06:34 pm (UTC)
Let me express my unqualified support for people carefully editing pieces before they go to technical journals, and for carefully adhering to publications guidelines. You, sir, are making some editor's day a little easier, and let me tell you, in case he or she doesn't, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: snowninja7
2010-11-04 12:09 am (UTC)
I did this for Uboat's papers (and theses) in graduate school, and you're right - it's fun.
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