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Finding Help in a Festival of Choices

In 1996, my husband and I took our four-year-old son to the first-ever Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The main draw for us was a chance for our son to get to meet some of the characters from his favorite PBS shows—none of us remember now which ones. The event, which the Times says […]

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A Working, Learning Writers Weekend

I came to the Central Coast Writers Conference to serve on a panel of editors to help teach would-be authors a few things about writing and publishing. I hope that I did that in some small ways. But as usually happens to me in these situations, I feel like I’m the one walking away with […]

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Writers Club Focuses on Editing

Several dozen folks showed up to get a glimpse of real-life editors at last week’s Ventura County Writers Club meeting and were treated to two hours of information, tips, and anecdotes about real-life editing. Shelly Lowenkopf, former executive editor for several publishing houses, described the route a manuscript might take when it is submitted to […]

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Editors — Live

A few days ago, I decided to see if I could find any movies about editors, so I went to Google and typed in that phrase. The top responses were: “The Magic of Movie Editing,” “Video Editing Software,” and “The Year in Movies from The Editors of the Atlantic.” Then I checked for “movies about […]

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Unexpected Ojai

The sun didn’t make an appearance in Ojai yesterday till early afternoon, and the expected crowds of word lovers never did appear at Libbey Bowl for “A Celebration of Words.” But I met Ken Koury, one of the country’s top Monopoly experts, who set up shop at the table to my right, and got to listen […]

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Ojai Wordfest

I’m table sitting on Saturday, April 13, at the Ojai WordFest’s “A Celebration of Words” 
at Libbey Bowl Saturday. The event will feature stage readings and performances by authors, poets, playwrights, songwriters, improv players and other word-artists as well as a day-long Book Fair on the lawn. I will by laying down some brochures and some […]

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Following ACES

I learned a lot this past weekend at my first National Conference of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). I learned that people look up the words affect and effect in the online Merriam Webster’s Dictionary more than any other words—although qi is often tops at 11 p.m. on a Friday (“Words with Friends” fans […]

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Coming Up: ACES

I’m packing (OK, thinking about packing) today for my trip to the 17th National Conference of the American Copy Editors Society in St. Louis. This is my first trip to an ACES meeting and my first trip to St. Louis, so I’m experiencing a double dose of anticipation, even while fretting about what to pack […]

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Happy Punctuation Day to You!

I haven’t managed to produce a blog post in the past couple of months because I’ve been thinking too much about other writers’ works to think for myself. But as an editor, I just couldn’t pass up a chance to wish everyone a “Happy National Punctuation Day!” What? You haven’t heard of National Punctuation Day? Don’t […]

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RIP, Rodney King

 I was shocked and saddened today when I learned that Rodney King had been found dead. My sons and I saw King just a little over a month ago at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books where he was appearing as the coauthor of a new memoir, The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion […]

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