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Karin Cather

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Housework: A Freelancer Speaks

Housework: A Freelancer Speaks

Over the past day or two, there has been a discussion on an editors' forum about balancing work, life, and housework. Most of the editors participating in the conversation are freelancers. It's fair to say that this issue plagues everyone, but I think it hits us...

Research and Novel-Writing

Research and Novel-Writing

Part of my story takes place at a campground in Mt. Rainier. I've never been to Mt. Rainier National Park or indeed know anything about the park at all. So of course I began by doing research. Getting things wrong distracts the reader. And a distracted reader is a...

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo

Hi, everyone. It's November! And I'm participating in NaNoWriMo---National Novel Writing Month. Every November, people strive to write a novel of at least 50,000 words. The object of the game is to just write. I know several other people who are participating in this...

Literally Figurative

Literally Figurative

A common task for editors is to make sure that the manuscript in front of them conforms to the rules of English spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation. For instance, when I encounter the confusion of you and I and you and me, I fix it. (You and I are going to the...

Literally Figurative

In Defense of Copyrights

Recently, a colleague of mine stumbled upon a Facebook page on which the owners had uploaded an entire book. The whole thing. The book was a parody of another book, which mattered to the owners of the Facebook page, but is irrelevant for purposes of uploading an...

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