Editor for hire; Have pen, will travel.

Today I helped my manager construct and edit a letter to the Ethics Committee. It’s a big, important board full of PhD’s and MD’s and a handful of RN’s, and I just helped create a letter of appropriate clarity and formality that I think it ought to pass muster with any of them. And I enjoyed it.

Afterwards, he asked me if I’d be willing to do the same thing with some thesis papers in the future – he’s getting another degree and has lots of research papers to do. And he’ll pay me – $50 a paper.

This is, I think, exactly what I need right now. I like my job here. I don’t want to leave right now. But I don’t want to stay here forever, either, and lately I feel like I’m so far away from editing and literature and thesis research that my brain is turning to mush. At least now, with this, my toes are in the water and I won’t feel like I’m doing something essentially pointless. I’m actually doing something while I sit around and wait for my plans to congeal.

Picky, picky picky

He said a teacher had to run to a farm house to call police because there wasn’t one at the school, in keeping with Amish custom.

There wasn’t one what at the school? A teacher? A farmhouse? Don’t tell me he meant telephone when the word was never even in the sentence.

Roberts, a father of three from nearby Bart Township and was not Amish,

I shouldn’t even need to say what’s wrong with that.

From the suicide notes and telephone calls, it was clear Roberts was “angry at life, he was angry at God,” and co-workers said his mood had darkened in recent days, Miller said.

That quote – is it from the notes? The phone calls? The coworkers? Miller himself? This is an oddity, since all the other quotes in this piece were so well-documented.

On Friday, a school principal was shot to death in Cazenovia, Wis. A 15-year-old student, described as upset over a reprimand, was charged with murder.

Ok, I could understand if this was a segue into a larger piece about school shootings, but this is the end of the article. Goes nowhere from here. Nothing at all to justify mentioning this isolated incident half a country away from the crimes that are the entire focus of the article. Er?

Maybe I’m being unreasonable, but this is Associated Press.