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 to face, hearing indexing spoken, and the learning and new ideas that always come from professional meetings like the American Society for Indexing (ASI) national conferences.

img_20141212_110527255_hdrEven with all those good things, I am always glad to head for home. I have this silly idea that my cat probably needs me (despite most excellent care from a good friend while I’m away) and I’m anticipating seeing what the bees have done while I’ve been away. So I’m glad to be packing up and contemplating my early morning plane ride home.

As usual, I leave the conference with new ideas, new friends, and reconnection with old friends and appreciation of the contributions of other indexers to my development as a professional in the field of indexing. I also leave with a little sadness that I won’t see many of these people for another year. There is the hope that in some way I’ve managed to leave a contribution to the profession and to pay forward some of the benefits that I’ve gained from ASI members.


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 the conference–my schedule hasn’t often allowed that. I’ve been out walking around, enjoying the clear, cool weather, and listening to the gulls.

Part of being a tourist was to go to the Portland Art Museum–to spend hours browsing amongst paintings by Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and a lot of American painters and sculptors with which I was not familiar. I could go back and spend many more hours. It’s well worth the price of admission.

Obviously, I’m a book fan–and there was a book shop with the museum. I couldn’t leave without a souvenir and given my interest in food, it certainly wasn’t possible to pass up a book by Kate Christiansen with the title “How to Cook a Moose”. On the lighter side, I bought a booklet of postcards featuring some of Edward Hopper’s lesser known works–including some land- and seascapes.

Until Sunday, my tourist activity is mostly on hold as we get to work on learning more about indexing.

MSA meeting tomorrow!

I’m looking forward to the Mid- and South-Atlantic chapter meeting tomorrow in Alexandria, VA. Carol Roberts is going to be talking about her editing technique.

This should be an interesting discussion. I’m always working to minimize editing because it can be an incredibly time-consuming, but necessary, part of indexing.

My approach to “editing” has been “try to avoid it”. I’ve approached it in several ways:

  • Careful “incremental” editing at the end of each day’s work.
  • I  use SKY Index Pro’s autocomplete to assist in vocabulary control–love it!
  • Careful labeling of entries that need editing as I work–to be reconsidered at the end of the session or when inspiration for the correct phrase occurs later.
  • Frequently working with grouped entries that are quick to run through a spell check.

I’ve upgraded to SKY Index Pro 8 and I think the new layout with the Index Pane right with the data entry pane is going to cut some more time off editing. I’m sure I’ll come home from this meeting with more ways to minimize time spent on editing, too.

Portland ME: restaurants

Not that I’m more interested in food than in the presentations for the ASI conference in Portland ME, but that’s important, too. I found this article in Bon Apetit on where to eat in Portland ME and thought I’d share it. I do intend to eat some lobster and oysters while I’m there!  Links included in the article; however, Scales Restaurant  is mentioned no link is given. Thanks to Google, you can check that one out here


ASI Conference Location(2017)

I’ve not been to Portland ME for ages, but I’m looking forward to another visit–and to the conference! Being an inveterate “foodie” I’m ready to start exploring restaurants online in anticipation of some fine seafood.

ASI Announces 2017 Conference Location

ASI Annual Conference
Portland, Maine
June 15-17, 2017
The 2017 ASI Conference will be June 15-17, 2017, in beautiful Portland, Maine, with views of Casco Bay, a dozen museums-among them the Wadsworth Longfellow House, a rich culinary culture, and plenty to see and do including symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Hearing your input to our venue survey, the Board, Conference Committee, and staff are excited to see ASI members in Portland, a winner in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Destinations on the Rise for 2016.

Highly walkable, this foodie city has “A commitment to sustainable seafood, and the farm-to-table movement has quality food at dock-side diners, cafés and bistros that line Casco Bay or elegantly converted warehouses, barns, and churches.”
Whether you choose to fly directly into Portland or use convenient ground transportation from the Boston airport, you’ll be warmly welcomed to our conference hotel, where we’ve negotiated very favorable rates for conference attendees.
The call for session proposals, registration information, and travel details will be coming soon. Mark your calendar now and save the dates. We’ll see you in the “City by the Sea”!
Contact ASI Office with any technical questions.

The Visit Portland ME website has an”Eat and Drink” page that should provide an early start on exploration of the food scene. From Business Insider and Maine Foodie Tours there’s more on the food scene–yes, I admit to having a lot of interest in food and I know it’s a bit soon to be thinking about airplane tickets, but I was so happy to see that Southwest Airlines does have service to Portland ME!

See you in Portland!





Chicago ASI Convention

Another inspiring ASI convention in Chicago! ASI members know about the Order of the Kohlrabi–our service recognition, but what about the actual vegetable? Well, if you were at the convention you heard that there is a kohlrabi cookbook in the making. We’ll be looking for member volunteers to submit recipes, and to test recipes using kohlrabi.

Given the frequency with which just saying kohlrabi in reference to the vegetable elicits puzzled looks, I’m going to post a couple pictures of this weird, but wonderful, vegetable for reference.

Despite all the photographs I’ve taken for, I find that I’ve not a single one of kohlrabi, so I’m taking these from my favorite source of seed for both common and esoteric vegetables and herbs: Johnny’s Select Seeds . (These images don’t constitute an endorsement of these particular varieties–that has to depend on where, and for what purpose, it will be grown–but will give you an idea of what this weird thing is when you encounter it.)


You’ll see both the purple and the white (probably most common) varieties in the markets, and it may well be seasonal as it is a crop most often seen in cool weather.