Technically it’s still January, so hopefully I can get away with posting this. If I’d been more organised, this post would have been ready to go on New Year’s Day. But surprise, surprise – I wasn’t more organised, so I’m just giving myself a pat on the...read more
Welcome to part two of my blog series about the 2017 Society for Editors and Proofreaders conference. If you haven’t read part one yet, you can find it here. Every good day starts with a good breakfast, and this was certainly true of day one of conference....read more
Late last night (or rather early this morning) I returned from my third trip to the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) annual conference. Since my first tentative sign-up to conference in 2015, I’ve come to view conferences as a vital part of...read more
It’s been quite a long time since my last blog, and I wish I had a better excuse other than life just getting away from me! I’ve had a very busy few months and it seemed that every time I sat down to write a blog, something (or someone) would pull my attention away...read more
Today saw the launch of a new venture I am involved in: Editing Globally. It's an international collective of like-minded editors (five of us) who have decided to team up to offer a huge range of editorial services to clients. Today has been a real whirlwind of...read more
It’s been a couple of days since I returned from my second SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders) conference, and I’ve just about regained the power of speech, although I can’t guarantee this blog will make 100% sense (but when do they ever?!). As expected, I...read more
Random person: Oh you’re an editor? That means you correct mistakes, right? Can’t a spell-checker do that? I read a book and spotted a typo once; maybe I should be an editor! *chortle, guffaw, splutter* Me: *pleasant smile while my soul is dying* Sure, when I edit...read more
I’ve been inspired to write this blog after a few discussions online in various editing groups over the last few weeks. It’s come to my attention that something is rife among my editing colleagues – and it doesn’t seem to care if you’ve been editing for three days or...read more
There's no feeling quite like it. Full of excitement and anticipation, you open the first proper copy of your new book. And immediately, you spot a typo. Believe me: if you feel bad, spare a thought for your poor editor. We hate mistakes. It’s our job to stop them...read more
Why Heather Blether?
The mysterious vanishing island known as Heather Blether is the subject of Scottish folklore. Believed to be near Orkney and inhabited by Finfolk, Heather Blether is said to rise every few years from the depths, before disappearing again. Aside from its mystical origins, ‘blether’ is the Scottish word for ‘chat’ and heather is found everywhere around where I live in the north of Scotland.
You can read the story of Heather Blether here. And if you’re ever out on the water near Orkney and see a mysterious island, don’t take your eyes off it and make sure you have something made of cast iron to hold until you get there.