Are you ready for a summer reading challenge?

Calling all readers! If you follow the annual Tournament of Books held by the Morning News, you may want to take part in their summer reading challenge. It’s only six books over the summer, so it’s perfectly doable. I’ve read one of the selections, Ill Will by Dan Chaon, which I recommend if you like your books a little off-kilter.

Source: Welcome to the Rooster Summer Reading Challenge – The Morning News

The copyeditor’s typographic oath

I’ve been editing off and on for several years now, but I am going to be ramping up my freelance business over the next few months. Here is the sacred oath that all editors should strive to uphold (source: copyediting.com).

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Emergency Fund-Raising to Repair Flood Damage to Orange County Public Library

Consider donating to help our local library recover from flooding.

The Main Orange County Public Library sustained significant flooding during the winter storm this past week. Most of the damage occurred in the Teen Room and the Children’s sectio…

Source: Emergency Fund-Raising to Repair Flood Damage to Orange County Public Library

Random Quote for Today

His situation, insofar as he was a machine, was complex, tragic, and laughable. But the sacred part of him, his awareness, remained an unwavering band of light. — Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

We all need a fright on a winter’s night…

Author Susan Hill delves into why we love scary books, especially as the weather gets colder, and recommends some classic ghost stories in this piece in the Guardian.

Ursula K. Le Guin, our greatest living science fiction writer…

Here’s a great piece about Ursula K. Le Guin being published by Library of America. She’s a feisty old broad, and I mean that in the most affectionate way.

More is less…

I am currently taking a course in editing, and I thought this gem shared by the professor was worth saving:

“More is less.” Cut as much as you can without losing meaning and you may have it. If you don’t need the words for the poetry of the language and you don’t need the words to tell the story, you don’t need the words.