electricland: (work mouse)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
25,465 / 30,626
(82.0%)

Mostly copying and pasting from elsewhere today, but still.

I am slightly weirded out to note that my average word count per Web page for this track is 473. Average for the previous 3 tracks: 471. I swear I wasn't even going for anything in particular (other than "not too long").

Tomorrow we edit! And then, on to the last track!
electricland: (work mouse)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
22,900 / 30,626
(74.0%)

That could've gone better. Oh well, I've been distracted, what with this and that.
electricland: (mouse zombie)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
22,160 / 30,626
(71.0%)
electricland: (mouse zombie)
Think I shall start using these guys:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meterZokutou word meter
20,639 / 30,626
(66.0%)

(Note on the math: The three tracks I've (almost) completed to date consist of 42 web pages and total 19,789 words, averaging 471 words per page (they vary wildly). The site is supposed to have 65 pages in total. I make that 30,626 words. I may need to recalculate after this track is done. 850 words today, not a full day.)
electricland: (work mouse)
I have just compressed 94 34 [less impressive, sorry -- the page range was 94 to 128] pages of text into 1419 words. I could probably stand to shorten it a bit still. Nevertheless, go me. (Grade level according to Word: 9.0)
electricland: (mouse zombie)
I have in front of me two illustrations (one of the brain, one of a synapse) in an otherwise very good book that, swear to God, look like they were drawn with an Etch-A-Sketch.

Showed it to some of the medical illustrators and they were horrified too. Honestly, publishers! Pay someone $200 and get something decent! It wouldn't take much!

oh, and

Jan. 31st, 2006 05:24 pm
electricland: (Scotland)
The team I copy-edited for like a mad thing before Christmas (remember the italics? yeah, those people) gave me a hyacinth in gratitude. It bloomed over the weekend and smells WONDERFUL. Cheers me up like anything.

...I need some kind of botanical icon, obviously.
electricland: (insane iconfly)
AAAAAAGH.

I suppose I should have foreseen the 22-page reference list. In (I think) APA style. I haaaaaate APA style. Parentheses and periods and commas and SO MUCH EXTRANEOUS CRAP I CAN'T TAKE IT, GOD! Ahem.

*sob* *whine*

Onward.
electricland: (insane iconfly)
1. Thou shalt not randomly capitalize words.
2. Thou shalt not use italics or bolding for emphasis, unless thou canst give thy copy editor a really good reason why.
3. Thou shalt not use clip art. Nay, not even though thy text useth an orchestra metaphor and thy clip art library hath an orchestra image.
4. Thou shalt not pile sub-sub-heading upon sub-heading unto the sixth heading level and beyond.
5. Thou shalt pay close attention to the rules of parallelism and balance.
6. Thou shalt not use the phrase "as well as" as a synonym for "and."
7. Thou shalt use the serial comma.
8. Thou shalt not introduce obscure vocabulary into the text without a proper explanation.
9. Thou shalt pick a font and a colour and stick to it, not because thy copy editor cannot deal easily with this, but because it pisseth her off.

And this shall be the word of the copy editor.

Anyone got any more?

Gah.

Nov. 4th, 2005 01:49 pm
electricland: (insane iconfly)
I was getting all close to the end there. 23 pages to go. Then they sent me an updated version of the next chapter I have to edit. Now I have 33 pages to go.

But I see it's full of inappropriate italics and bolding, so I'll be able to have some fun with that.

Sigh. Onward.
electricland: (insane iconfly)
Back at the salt mine copy editing.

Am making a great effort to restrain myself, because if I fix one vocab-heavy passive-voice sentence I'll just want to fix them all, and this is supposed to be a very light copy edit -- commas and spelling only, practically. So I'm just fixing the things that really really hurt me. Teachers are a pretty sophisticated audience, they'll get it. I hope.
electricland: (insane iconfly)
And no, randomly switching to bold instead of italic does not make it better.
electricland: (insane iconfly)
So I have been disciplined and I have copy edited 60 pages today and I just want to say OY WITH THE ITALICS, PEOPLE! Seriously, if you're that worried about your pearls of wisdom getting lost in the thicket of extraneous words around them, it's better to cut the extraneous words. When you have to start using bold italics on whole paragraphs to make the extra-special pearls stand out, you have a problem.

I have got rid of them ALL. Ahahahaha. I haven't deleted the extraneous graphics, although I was tempted, but I've put in little comments to the effect that "you don't really need this, it doesn't add anything." So we'll see.

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