Island Editor: January 2017

In this bulletin:

Happy New Year!
May your year be filled with triple word scores

Mark your calendar

  • January 17: Member meeting
  • February 21: Member meeting  
Member meetings — other than special events — take place from 7 to 9 pm in the Windsor Pavilion, 2451 Windsor Road, Oak Bay.

You can also find event information on the PEAVI website at
You're invited! Join fellow PEAVI-ites at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays at Ogden Point's Breakwater Cafe for the best views in town, delicious breakfasts and excellent company.

Next meeting: Tuesday, January 17
Time tracking and invoicing tools

Do you have a tool you love to use? Are you looking for a better tool? 

Lenore writes:
After talking to a few people at the party about time tracking tools, I thought this would be a good topic for the January meeting. I love the tool I use (Harvest), and I'm sure other PEAVI members have ones that work for them. 

It would useful to have a discussion that leads to a comparison and perhaps a demo of a few. 

You can email me if you're interested in participating ( sharing what you use, maybe demonstrating on your laptop or mine — or just come to the meeting and chime in.

And the winner is . . . Island Editor

Congratulations Janice Logan! Janice came up with the name you chose for the PEAVI newsletter and won a copy of Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. 

It was close! There were many excellent names to choose from and when the online votes were tallied, not only was it a tie, it was a three-way tie! To resolve it, at the Christmas party we handed out ballots that listed the top three choices, and tasked members with voting again. Island Editor was the clear winner, followed by Working Copy and then PEAVI Pieces.

Thank you for participating!

Member news

Do you have a story to share about an interesting project or a new job? Has a book you edited recently been published? We'd love to hear your editing news

Christmas Party 2016

The PEAVI Christmas Party was, as usual, simply wonderful. It was a delightful evening where old friendships were rekindled and new friendships made, where members laughed, shared stories, tucked into delicious goodies, stole gifts from each other and enjoyed Fran Aitkins' lovely home and generous hospitality. Thank you, Fran!

Here are a few images from the party. In a few days you'll be able to see more on the PEAVI website

Volunteer corner

Susan Grant has joined PEAVI's volunteer team and will be sending out job requests to members on the listserv. Thank you, Susan!

PEAVI has a few other volunteer opportunities that would take an hour or two each month.

Meeting notice writer and distributor: Create monthly meeting notices and send them to the website volunteer and to Lynne, for inclusion in the bulletin. Closer to the date, send a reminder to members. 

Workshop promoter: We are looking for a PEAVI member to help us promote our workshops outside our organization. Most tasks can be done by email in the month leading up to each workshop. They include
  • posting online workshop listings to local newspapers and magazines, and on social media outlets;
  • contacting writers’ groups, college and university organizations, and other interested entities to help publicize PEAVI workshops.
If you are able to take on a role, please contact Lenore Hietkamp at
Many hands make light work.

Interesting reads

We found these interesting and thought you might, too:

  • My husband, Chris, and I went to town: How many people went to town? And what if I say, My husband Chris and I went to town? How many husbands do I have? Read this for a practical perspective. The pause that annoys:
  • Zach Hyman finds path as children's book author: Zach Hyman, Maple Leafs rookie and author of children's books, and Janet Weaver, editor:
  • Rubbish you were taught: The lot:
  • Words I never want to see in your novel:
  • Summary of a seminar for Editors BC (EAC)  on Indigenous editorial issues, taken from Theytus Books style guide; as summarized by Iva Cheung:

The lifecycle of the copyeditor

  1. You incorporate your mentor's bugaboos as hard-core facts and impose them rigorously. 
  2. You learn there are such a thing as Miss Thistlebottomisms*/zombie rules ("no split infinitives ever") and begin distinguishing between real rules and pet peeves. Repeat forever, every time you make an auto-change and suddenly wonder why. 
  3. You realize that language is continuing to evolve before our very eyes (e.g., the "who"/"whom" distinction, once a real rule but now in flux; the "due to"/"owing to" distinction appears to be completely lost), and struggle a little or a lot with finding the new line. Also a lifelong process, repeated with each evolution. 
  4. Continuing on the slippery slope from prescriptivism to descriptivism, you start reading Language Log.** You still follow/impose the rules—but not for their own sake; rather, for "clarity." Clarity is supreme. 
  5. (a) You pay more attention to the concept of "author’s voice" and (b) balance that with the needs of the author’s readers. 
  6. You’ve let your author get away with so many things, you worry about your colleagues spotting your name in the acknowledgments.
For me, this process has taken some 30 years, probably because I started off in the era of hard-core rules (1950s1980s) and was stuck in step 1 for more than a decade. Kids These Days seem to get through this a lot faster.

—Christy Goldfinch, editor

On the lighter side

11 bizarre international idioms that get lost in translation, comically drawn by Paul Blow:

Ideas? Content? Feedback?

Do you have content, ideas, or feedback you'd like to share, an idea for a monthly meeting topic or a suggestion for a particular speaker? We're all ears!

Please contact Lynne at
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