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Musings of a mom of 3, freelance copyeditor, voracious reader, and enthusiastic cook.



Updated: 2017-07-19T15:58:35-04:00

 



Books & Films

2017-07-19T15:58:35-04:00

You guys, look at me posting twice in two days! I realize I never mentioned a few months ago that I had read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Although I had very much enjoyed Towles's previous novel, Rules...



Kitties!

2017-07-18T12:51:09-04:00

Some of you may remember that our beloved 4-year-old kitty Violet got sick and died suddenly last fall. Then, this spring, our old-lady cat Grace died at age 16. That left only Luna, Violet's littermate. She has always been a...



Catching Up, Yet Again

2017-06-16T12:25:03-04:00

Yikes, I guess "Write something—anything!—on the blog" never made it to my To-Do list in May. So here comes another mishmash of stuff I've been up to. Editing books, of course! You know I have edited a bunch of Michael...



News from the Comma Mines

2017-04-28T10:16:23-04:00

Last month was the annual American Copy Editors Society conference, this time in St. Petersburg, Florida. (I am not a big fan of Florida, but at least it was an easy flight and no time change!) Every year I get...



It's Verbatim's Bar Mitzvah Year!

2017-03-08T09:43:40-05:00

You guys, it's my blogiversary! On this date 13 YEARS AGO I posted my first entry in this blog. Steph was 7, Pete was about to turn 5, and Julie was a wee 2-year-old. (I've been 39 this entire time,...



LaLaLaLa I'm Not Listening!

2017-02-03T16:20:27-05:00

I can't tell you how many posts I've started and then deleted since that last one. I definitely do not want this to become an all-politics blog, as I'm already spending far too much time, energy, brain real estate, and...



Hey 2016, Don't Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out!

2017-01-01T10:20:57-05:00

Look who's still here, alive and (sort of) kicking! I pretty much shut down after the election. And no, it wasn't a "Boo hoo, poor me, my candidate lost" thing. I've been there before and come out fine(ish) on the...



What Was for Dinner

2016-10-25T17:31:40-04:00

Here's a Rachael Ray recipe I clipped many years ago but never got around to making—until last night. It was a bit of work but came out great. And I even remembered to take a photo! Cordon Croquettes 1 pound...



Not Much, You?

2016-10-21T15:17:43-04:00

I just finished reading The Rocks by Peter Nichols. When I first picked it up, I thought I'd already read it, because the cover looks so similar to Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (reviewed here): But instead of the Italian...



What's Cooking in Editor-Land

2016-10-18T14:06:45-04:00

Hmm ... I think I'm overdue with an update on what books I've edited recently, so I'll just try to remember the highlights. The first one is a self-help book about being in a relationship with an addict, with a...