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Writing and Editing as Art and Science

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Writing and Editing as Art and Science

In late April my third-grader received homework relating to the elementary school’s annual “Science Matters Day”: explaining how music and sound relates to science.

We are a household of science buffs, so with customary gusto my son and I scoured the internet for sources that could inform his answer….

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Spelling Mnemonics for Everyone, Everywhere

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Spelling Mnemonics for Everyone, Everywhere

Brief
Piece
Shield
Shriek
View
Yield

Ah, third grade spelling lists. Above is a sampling of my son’s from last week, in which words containing “ie” were a significant focus….

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Cracking those BAD BAD BAD Business Habits

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Cracking those BAD BAD BAD Business Habits

Over the years I’ve picked up a bad habit or two (or three or four). Like most human beings, I can rationalize my way around, over and through them.

But when problematic tendencies start adversely impacting one’s work, clients, coworkers and peers WILL notice … if they haven’t already. Remember, it only takes one disgruntled customer review on social media to inform the whole world….

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(Writing) Truth in Fortune Cookies

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 | 0 comments

(Writing) Truth in Fortune Cookies

Once a month my family goes to Chez Elena Wu for Wednesday night dinner. Reasons:

● It’s two minutes from my husband’s office.
● Mom’s weeknight cooking break.
● Wonton soup.
● Soft-shell crabs permanently on the menu!
● Fortune cookies.
● Fortune cookie fortunes…

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It’s 2016 … Straighten Up and Stride Forward!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 | 0 comments

It’s 2016 … Straighten Up and Stride Forward!

Exactly one week and a day ago, I was wandering around the Palm Beach Zoo (in Florida) with my husband and son, enjoying 80-plus degree winter/holiday break weather. Not thinking about work. At. All.

After three relaxing hours (except for the bugs), I took the following photo as we were leaving…

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To know what you REALLY wrote? Record, replay, LISTEN!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 | 0 comments

To know what you REALLY wrote? Record, replay, LISTEN!

Back in July on LinkedIn, I shared the following 10-step technique for out-loud proofreading that works with any and all types of copy:

1. Print out a copy of your writing.
2. Grab your favorite pen.
3. Read aloud to yourself slowly…

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