Time to edit this index….

I’ve just finished an index from the second-pass proofs of a comprehensive medical book (it includes all systems, biochemistry, microbiology, public health, et cetera). The book is 672 pages of very condensed information in an almost tabular format so the material is written in a terse manner (to say the least). Needless to say, it’s a…

The joys of freelance work….

It’s been a hell of a day…unfortunately I’ve been dealing with files that keep crashing Adobe InDesign with certain edits. Frustration, but I finally finished that file and hope the next two chapters of the project don’t have the same problems. Declaring the work day at an end I was browsing through my email and…

Ergonomics and other stuff….

Yes–I’m back on the subject of overuse injury–again, or maybe still–so expect stuff on medial epicondylitis and the like since I’ve been made acutely aware of how much keying SKY Index really eliminates with autocomplete function and keyboard shortcuts! Right now I’m working on a project that requires the editing and indexing to be done directly…

The indexing process…

Shared via The Proofreaders Parlour a delightful post about writing a book index–an indexer’s diary during the process. It’s delightful reading–but there’s truth along with the humor! Enjoy!

To mouse or not to mouse?

I have a reasonably ergonomic workstation and have adjusted my work style with WorkPace (and the cat who is pretty good about timing breaks), but I want to do everything I can to avoid more “overuse” issues. Fortunately, my indexing software (SKY Index Pro) allows a lot of flexibility about how I can accomplish any…

Unbiased language….

When we’re writing an index we try to reflect the intent of the author with our phrasing of the index entries. Since much of my indexing is technical and factual I had not thought much about biased language in index writing. Usually…. However, on at least on indexing project I really did have to give…

Healthy computer use

When I first had problems with “overuse” it was still designated as repetitive stress injury (RSI).  Now it has become occupational overuse syndrome (OOS) or a number of other acronyms that I am ignoring.  Working with the computer in the past has contributed to OOS; however, even the “recreational” use can contribute to the problem–it…

Good editing advice

We all have to edit our indexes before we send them off and we all want to spend as little time as possible doing that.  This was a topic that was touched on at the recent ASI conference in Portland ME. There’s a great follow-up article in the Potomac Indexing Blog by Meghan Brawley that…

The personal Facebook page…

In the presentations at the 2017 ASI conference on online presence, there were various views on using Facebook–a business page or a personal page. Do you have clients on your personal page? Do you have only a business page? I value my personal Facebook page as a place to have connections with people I don’t see often–other…

That online presence…

I’m back from the ASI 2017 conference–as usual filled with inspiration. I’ve had my duvet day for recuperation from the horrendously early flight that I took from Portland ME to RDU. It was a good conference, I learned a lot, and I had a chance to visit with indexers face-to-face over breakfast, dinner, or just…

My cat needs me…

I love indexing. I love working free-lance but as with even the best things, there are some “downside” things. One is that freelance indexing can be rather solitary. I appreciate Facebook as it allows me to keep in contact with other indexers in between conferences but nothing compares to meeting the “names and pictures” face…

Portland ME

When I flew out of Durham NC it was 90ºF. When I arrived in Portland ME for the American Society of Indexing conference it was 91ºF on Tuesday. But the weather has improved–it’s now what I expected of Maine. I was so glad to have some time to act like a tourist before we start…