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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Muphrey's Law: a) if you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written; (b) if an author thanks you in a book for your editing or proofreading, there will be mistakes in the book; (c) the stronger the sentiment expressed in (a) and (b), the greater the fault. (d) any book devoted to editing or style will be internally inconsistent.

John Bangsund, a variant (one of several) of Hartman's Law of Prescriptive Retaliation



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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 12/9/2018

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  01:14 AM

Further observations on the editing life.[1]

1) I was talking at work the other day to someone I hadn't seen in a while. She asked why she hadn't seen me around with the writers, and I told her I'd switched over to editing. "Oh," she said. "I didn't know there was any difference."

2) I've been editing documents written by some program managers and testers. I finished those last week, but I noticed yesterday that one of the files had all sorts of wacky typos and errors in it. I tracked down the tester who had made the changes and explained that I'd already finished editing that document. "I didn't change anything you edited," he told me. "I just added some new stuff."

3) This from John McIntyre's column at the Baltimore Sun:
Copy editors have a deeply Augustinian perspective on human experience: We know that everyone is fundamentally prone to error. That gives us a degree of confidence in our job security, but it also haunts us that we are as disposed to go astray as everyone else.


[1] Even though Leon apparently finds these self-indulgent.

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