I am a teacher. I spent most of my professional life in a high school classroom teaching English. There, I developed the knowledge and polished the skills I now employ as an editor:
- A strong awareness of the conventions of the English language.
- An ability to explain and apply those conventions.
- Speed in identifying and correcting common errors in written and spoken language.
- Patience and sensitivity in working with writers.
I am a reader. Being near books creates a warm, tranquil sensation in my body and mind. Currently I am warmed by the work of the late Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski. I describe his work as journalistic travel memoir, flavoured with the historical and political.
Here is a sample from The Shadow of the Sun, his 2001 book about living in Africa in the early 1960s.