Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a day of good food, wine or other spirits, and friends for good conversation.

Crash, refresh, and resume. . .

I love what I do. Even when dealing with deadlines. Even looming deadlines. But that still doesn’t stop me needing a “crash” day after I meet a tight deadline. Since I had a very long workday, this crash day was mostly doing nothing–also known as quality time with the cat, or maybe even getting into…

Dealing with deadlines…..

Deadlines are inescapable when you work in publishing and related areas–like indexing. I read Meghan Brawley’s blog post from Potomac Indexing on Tips for Focusing on a Tight Deadline.  There’s some good information that does, indeed, help focus.  

Some days are like that…

…and today has been one of those days!  It’s been a hell of a day–or should that be a day in hell so this is a bit of a rant and some venting. Maybe you should stop reading here. It began early (before breakfast) when I knew I had to reboot the computer because Office 365 was…

Digital publication index resource

If you are interested in indexes for digital publications–as someone publishing an ebook, or indexing an ebook, I wanted to point out the Digital Publications Indexing website.

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…