October 2017

Freelance Lunch 5 October

12.30 on Thursday 5 October 2017
The Fitz Cafe, 347 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (corner Kerr St)

All freelancers, emerging and established, are welcome to come along to an excellent networking lunch. We can debrief on the IPEd National Conference held recently in Brisbane and chat all things freelance. The Fitz serves good coffee and drinks, and meals are delicious, hearty and reasonably priced from $17 upwards; all dietary requirements are happily catered for (particular requirements can be arranged in advance). Please plan to bring CASH to settle your bill at the table.

Register at the MEMNET portal.

Mary-Jo O’Rourke AE
Vice-President and Freelance Affairs Officer

Refuel at SciFlyers Rendezvous

Been FLying all year without a break? Need to debrief with colleagues who speak your lingo? Join a diverse group of freelancers working in STEM for an end-of-year lunch meeting at Dehlicious in Ivanhoe, 12–2 pm Friday 20 October. Dehlicious, at 91 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, features gluten-free modern Indian cuisine.

Please telegraph your intention to land to Kerry at drkb48@gmail.com.

Accreditation News

Deadline for Accreditation Renewal Extended

The deadline to apply for renewal of accreditation for editors who became accredited in 2012 has been extended to ‪31 October 2017‬.‬

Further information on the renewal process is available on the Renewal of accreditation page on the IPEd website.

Exam Date for 2018 Announced

The IPEd Accreditation Board has announced that the 2018 accreditation exam is planned for ‪19 May 2018‬, so it's time to start preparing.‬


Membership Matters

We are pleased to welcome the members who have joined or upgraded since our last report.

Kat Betts

Susan Day Dirgham
Connie Finestone (IPEd Secretary)
Clare Kennedy
Wendy Nicholls
Alison Rowe
Caroline Simpson

Nicole Mathers
IPEd Membership Officer


Book Review: Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Magpie Murders’

Susan Pierotti reviews this detective novel set in the publishing world, in which an editor is the star.

Editors are similar to detectives. We search the text (or evidence) for anomalies and errors in order to sort out the gold from the dross. Personally, I relish a good detective yarn so I was delighted to come across Magpie Murders, where the problem-solving protagonist is an editor whose first name, coincidentally, happens to be my own!

The story begins thus: Alan Conway is a writer of detective novels. His fictional detective, Atticus Pünd, cast in the same mould as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, is approached by a young woman whose fiancé is accused of killing his mother. Pünd ignores her plea for help until the mother’s employer, the local lord of the manor, is decapitated with a sword in his home. Both victims had made copious enemies in the small village they lived in and, as usual, everyone is a suspect. Pünd announces that he has solved the case of the mother’s murder and there the book ends. But not quite: the last chapter is missing.


Get Social

At the conference, I was able to meet up with communication and newsletter officers from the other IPEd branches, and with Mary-Anne Came, the IPEd comms officer. We had a short meeting during an afternoon tea break – not long enough to make serious plans, but enough time to share our thoughts. In brief, there was a lot of support for reducing duplication of effort in the branches by moving towards a single website (with branch pages) and national newsletter (with branch columns for local news and activities).

These steps would help convey the fact that we are branches of a national organisation – something that’s not very clear to date. IPEd is planning to set up a working group of communication officers to rationalise our communication efforts, so I look forward to that getting started.


Etymology: Toothsome

deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.

There are many words one can use to describe something that takes their fancy; for example, attractive, nice, or delicious, even. But how about toothsome? Toothsome can be used to describe someone who is agreeable or attractive, or, if referencing food, something that is delicious and to your taste. You could say that you ate a particularly toothsome meal, or that someone has quite toothsomely characteristics.


World Wide Web: Crazy Sh*t Vineyard

Crazy shit: name of Melbourne winery has people in hysterics. A great cultural appropriation fail.

Typo of the Month

Online doesn't get as much checking as printed material, but still: if you're going to get sciencey, you should get it right (I hope you can read the yellow text). Let's assume the typo isn't the responsibility of editor and writer Sophie Cunningham, who gave an insightful plenary talk at the Brisbane conference.

And the workshop itself sounds great. It's on this weekend, more details on the Wangaratta Art Gallery website.