The university I am affiliated to recently undertook a Grammarly trial, to see whether it would be worth investing in a campus license for all staff and students. I reluctantly agreed to take part. Reluctantly, because one of my job hats is a copyediting and proofreading hat, and I was pretty sure my grammar was … Continue reading ‘Commaphobes’ and ‘Commaphiles’: grammar and meaning-making
Last year I wrote a paper - my first paper out of my PhD thesis - and sent it to a big international journal. After 4 months, they sent it back with an odd decision: 'reject and revise'. Essentially, a substantial revise and resubmit. I was given a deadline three months hence, and three reports … Continue reading Overcoming my resistance to my own writing
I have handed in my PhD thesis. (Pause for yells of triumph and applause :-)) I feel quite different now compared to when I handed in my first draft at the end of September. At that time I just felt wiped out, exhausted, out of words and ideas. I did not think I could make … Continue reading It’s a PhD thesis!