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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:39am
Andrea Altenburg
5 Apps to beat writer’s block

You know it happens. The deadline is looming, peering overhead and the thought of it swooshing by might scare you. However, you are too savvy to let that page stay blank for long. You look around the room for inspiration. You might seek out social media to see if your peers have posted anything to stir the creativity.

Prompts (cost $4.99)

This newer app was just released February 2014. The idea behind this app is simple and some might wonder why they were not the ones to come up with such an easy concept. The idea is to randomly show sentences to start the creative juices.

Story Dice (cost $1.99)

As a novelist, you might be stuck in the middle of your story. Wondering where the character should go next. Story Dice helps with plot, setting, and character. The...

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Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:55am
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
Featured Job Post: Senior Editor for Healthcare Financial Management Association

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is seeking a senior editor to join its team in Westchester, Illinois. Established in 1946, HFMA is a nonprofit association identifying trends and addressing challenges for healthcare financial managers. It offers its 40,000 members education, information, certification, and networking opportunities.

The senior editor will oversee the editorial development and production of HFM magazine and one of the HFMA newsletters. Tasks will include planning, scheduling, soliciting, writing, editing, and proofreading features...

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Monday, March 24, 2014 - 10:13am
Mark Allen
'Over' vs. 'More Than' Decision is a Nod to Reality

There was an immediate reaction and plenty of discussion when the editors of the Associated Press Stylebook announced that AP had abandoned its insistence on distinct uses for more than and over.

AP Stylebook’s more than, over entry now reads:

Acceptable in all uses to indicate greater numerical value. Salaries went up more than $20 a week. Salaries went up over $20 a week.

The announcement came on the first day of the...

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 8:25am
Erin Brenner
In the News: Getting Over AP Stylebook Changes

Yesterday, at the American Copy Editors Society’s annual conference, AP Stylebook’s David Minhorn and Darrell Christian revealed some of the latest changes in AP style. Although they said they didn’t have any bombs to drop, one went off anyway.

Over is now “acceptable in all uses to indicate greater numerical value.” More than can still be used to mean the same, but that didn’t stop some attendees from tweeting items like:

@violindan: Over a few people are upset.

@MikeShor: More than my dead body!

Despite the reaction, over has long meant “more than,” and some editors recognized that:

@nickjungman: “Over” has pretty much always meant...

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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 5:01pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
Classic Speak & Spell

With 12 brave participants, 40 observers, over 130 words, and almost three dozen thrilling rounds of spelling under pressure, the American Copy Editors Society spelling bee was a fun kickoff to the ACES conference in Vegas Wednesday night.

The final contestants, Lisa McLendon and Amy Goldstein, went back and forth for almost 20 rounds before former Scripps National Spelling Bee participant Goldstein correctly spelled mountebank and insouciance for the win.

The event raised money for the ACES Education Fund. And, as contestants asked for...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 11:50am
Andrea Altenburg
International Day of Happiness

Happiness: The state of being happy

International Day of happiness might sound cheesy at first. A day set aside to be happy? It’s true. This day was established on June 28, 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly. The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.

Today is a terrific day to reflect on what makes you happy. Here are a few apps to help with your happiness.

Happy Habits: Choose Happiness (Free)

This app includes an assessment test that focus on 14 factors that affect happiness. The results will give tips on how to increase your opportunity for happiness.

Happiness Quotes (Free)

Quotes to scroll through to keep...

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apps, Happiness, Tech
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:00am
Adrienne Montgomerie
Simperial—Distance Measures in Canada

Metric is the official system of measure in Canada, but with the largest segment of our population (baby boomers) having grown up with imperial measure, and our most influential neighbours to the south using imperial, what you find practised in Canada is a mysterious combination of metric (SI units) and imperial: simperial.

In everyday use, we mix our systems of measure. Ounces of alcohol are poured into millilitres of pop, mileage is measured in litres per hundred kilometres (kilometerage never caught on), and you can pound ten square metres of siding onto your house with three-quarter-inch nails.* Simperial was probably coined by Wayne Grady, who used it in his humorous 1999 essay on the phenomenon for Saturday Night magazine: “The Metric System (...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:58am
Adrienne Montgomerie
5 Ways Copyeditors Can Learn HTML and XML

As digital products take over the publishing field, copyeditors and other publishing pros will find that adding some basic HTML and XML skills to their toolkit puts them in demand. In the April edition of the Copyediting Newsletter, my “Technically Speaking” column focuses on familiarizing yourself with this in-demand coding language.

Here are five ways you can start learning HTML or XML.

1. Take a course in person or online.

A course aimed at copy editors and e-book production will target the skills you need more than one aimed at website designers. Local colleges and public libraries are a good place to start your search. Watch for training here, because the coordinator is working on it.


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 8:55am
Mark Allen
Test Your Mettle at the Copyeditors' Spelling Bee

Copyeditors don’t know everything, even if they often appear to. Many copyeditors I have known have the ability to recite the spelling of most any word you can throw at them; others need to see a printed page to spot the error and a dictionary to confirm the spelling. Either method gets the job done.

A group of brave change trackers will put their spelling abilities on display this evening at the ACES Education Fund Spelling Bee at the American Copy Editors Society conference in Las Vegas. The contest costs $10 to watch and $25 to spell. (Come to think of it, perhaps the fee structure should be the other way around.)

One way copyeditors catch spelling goofs, other than the red squiggly underlines supplied by Microsoft, is by knowing the...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
Weekly News Roundup: Freelancing

Image courtesy of Thinkstock.

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