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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


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...



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


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


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!


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!


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!


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


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?


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


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...