March 2013

Freelance Follies, the Society and IPEd

Sitting at my computer to write this, after my first week of full-time work since August, I can barely function. It is 34° degrees, the seventh consecutive day of over-30 temperatures, with corresponding overnight temperatures well above 20° leading to poor sleep. Combined with re-training my body clock to a 9-5 schedule, it has wiped me out.

But it has taught me a valuable lesson: even freelance editors, working from home, need to keep regular hours.

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President's Paragraph

Once again the committee has been considering Editors Victoria's constitution. Changes need to be made as a result of amendments to the legislation governing not-for-profit associations. Our finance guru and public officer, Charles Houen, has done an enormous amount of work, attending corporate affairs seminars and guiding the committee in this task. We will draft the necessary changes and put them to the annual general meeting in July.

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Ali Lemer, Onward and Upward …

You all know Ali Lemer, the familiar face at dinner meetings before Petra took over in the second half of last year, then the web manager. As a younger-generation editor, Ali's presence on the committee has been of particular value to us, and I hope to her as well. Although it is rewarding, it can be hard work, and Ali has worked particularly hard for several years.

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February Dinner Meeting Report

Do all editors have an aspiring writer buried somewhere inside? After all, we're really good at fixing up bad writing, so it should come naturally to us - or should it? In this meeting we heard from two editors who've had success with writing as well.

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IPEd Notes

News from the Institute of Professional Editors Limited
iped-editors.org

November 2012—February 2013

The IPEd Council met six times during the period covered by these notes: on 4 November, 2 December, 6, 13 and 20 January, and 3 February. All meetings were by teleconference. The unusual number of meetings in January was necessary to handle matters relating to the IPEd review, the Accreditation Board paper on exam futures, and short-term funding priorities.

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Dear Ed …

dearedDear Ed

Define: time suck

Loris

Hi Loris

I think you're confusing me with Google's define function. Time suck is defined by the crew at Urban Dictionary (who themselves simultaneously define and embody the concept of timesuck) as "Something that's engrossing and addictive, but that keeps you from doing things that are actually important, like earning a living", which is what I should be doing right now.

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