Pleasant surprises

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Most of the messages I receive through the contact form on my website are spam. However, last week the contact form brought me three interesting things: an offer of work from a research organisation in the US, a message from a former colleague I’d lost touch with, and greetings from someone who did a research project with me at University of …

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A new home and a new CV

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This blog has been rather quiet of late, due to me being busy relocating from Canberra to a delightful spot in northern New South Wales. Now that I’m settled in my new home, I’m focusing on expanding my client base. As a first step, I’ve decided to recreate my CV as an infographic. I’ve found one example that relates to editing and …

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Blitz on RSIs

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Although I use a lot of shortcuts, macros and Word add-ins, I find that I get a lot of aches and pains in my arms and shoulders at the end of the working day. I’ve decided to have a blitz on RSIs. My strategy involves: pausing for a quick exercise or a few deep breathes when BreakReminder tells me to …

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Wordtips proves its value

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I get a weekly list of tips from WordRibbontips. This week’s list included instructions for making CTRL+F work traditionally; that is, making it open the ‘Find’ dialogue box as it used to, rather than opening a search and navigation pane as it does in Word 2010. The change to this function has been driving me mad, because I find the …

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Last week, I was delighted to hear that I have become an advanced member of the UK’s Society for Editors and Proofreaders. This hard-won qualification means that I can advertise my services on the SfEP website. I’m also currently taking a 10-day course to obtain a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I gained a similar qualification in 2005, but …

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Thanks to the discussion list of the Editorial Freelancers Association, I recently discovered PhraseExpress — a program that saves time by completing frequently used phrases or snippets of text. I had previously been using the Autocorrect function in MS Word to do this. For example, I had set up Word so that when I type ‘hivx’, the words ‘human immunodeficiency …

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I know that I’m overloaded with work because I’ve reverted to the ‘business card strategy’ that I used last year, when the tasks involved in running my business seemed overwhelming. Back then, I wrote each task on the back of one of my unused business cards, then sat on the floor with the cards around me, seeking inspiration. This time, …

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Copying file names

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I continue to be amazed by the power of the internet to answer computer questions. Today I needed to sort 15 Word files into three groups and then create a Word document showing the results. I knew there must be a better way to do this than copying and pasting individual file names, and there is. A quick search of …

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Have laptop, will travel

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I have now been away from Australia for 4 months and have managed to keep working, first from the UK and then from a small village in the south of France. The only ‘tools’ I brought with me were a few reference books and my laptop, but I found during my 3 months in France that I couldn’t manage without …

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Befuddled by time zones

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I’m currently visiting the UK and will soon be heading to the south of France, to take advantage of the fact that I can (in theory) work from anywhere. So far, the main issue has been the change in time zones. Some of my clients are in Australia and others in Europe. Normally, I prioritise the projects from Australia when …

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