Monthly Archives: August 2010

Editor nerd

I’m just starting a new manuscript, a group of essays on the ritual life of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians.

I love my work so much, not least of all because I get to read all sorts of things I never would otherwise.

I’ve read about tour guides in Indonesia, silk workers in Lyon, famine in Africa and ancient Rome, censorship in pre-WWI Berlin, the problem of MRSA infections in hospitals, the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology, and much more.

It’s almost never boring (almost . . . mechanical editing like removing extra spaces between sentences isn’t exactly thrilling) and almost always fascinating.

I’m a nerd like that, I guess.

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I just finished a large manuscript, over 600 pages, on education and childcare in post-WWII Europe. It brought home to me the challenges of balancing the economics of needing to work with the logistics of finding childcare, and how this has been an issue for families across the world for over a century.

This is an issue close to home for me as a freelancer. Last year my children were at a wonderful private school; this year we are homeschooling them. I am committed both to educating and nurturing my children and to providing great service to my editing clients.

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