Author Archive | Gillian

A Poem for Solstice

The longest day of the year deserves a celebratory token. I wrote this short poem yesterday while observing a brightly hued bug skirr among the keys of my MacBook Air. Happy Summer Solstice to all the interdependent humans, insects, birds and animals who come alive during this time of year! Microscopic red mite races in a […]

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picture of graffiti on wall

Grammar Vigilante Causes Stir Among Editors

In April, shortly after I returned from the ACES annual conference in St. Petersburg, FL, the BBC ran an article about a self-styled “grammar vigilante” who has been correcting punctuation on public signs in Bristol, England for the past decade. This “Banksy of punctuation” has even fashioned an “apostrophiser” (that would be “apostrophizer” in American English), […]

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Martine Rothblatt on cover of NY Mag

The Value of Good Judgment

Back in 2005, I met and had the privilege of working with someone very special—Martine Rothblatt, who contacted me after she saw a sign I posted in town advertising my services as a website designer. At the time, I had a small business creating websites (using that old dinosaur Dreamweaver) for local businesses. This was back when do-it-yourself apps like Squarespace didn’t […]

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The Guardian explicitly reveals the age of articles on its website.

On the Importance of Dates

Imagine this (all too common) scenario: Al: “Hey, Betty, your website looks great!” Betty: “Thanks, Al. If only I had time to write more blog posts. My last one is from a few months ago.” Al: “Why don’t you just remove the dates? Then no one would ever know how old they are.” Betty: “Hm. That could […]

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The old high school before it was old.

What’s New for 2017

I finally bit the bullet and hired someone to redo the Wheelhouse Editorial website, which I created and have been maintaining until now. As the business has grown, more of my time goes to editing and managing projects and people, leaving me less time to accurately reflect that growth on the website! And the more I develop my editing, writing, […]

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Passive-Aggressive Tweets

I saw this tweet today and had to laugh: Active voice: I love your blog Passive voice: Your blog is loved Passive-aggressive voice: I love how you have time to write a blog — Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) April 29, 2016 I’ve neglected my blog because I’ve been too busy working to write about work. […]

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In Which I (Hopefully) Look for Answers

I wouldn’t literally die if I didn’t have coffee in the morning, but I might “literally” die. The same holds true for learning something new every day. Fortunately, I’m an editor and learning new things goes with the territory. Some folks might think editors have all the rules memorized, but in fact there are so many rules […]

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