Mini book review

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Despite occasionally thinking I’m too old to read this childhood to coming-of-age book, I found it really compelling. Wonderful nature descriptions mixed with a page-turner plot.



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Flying the dream

Northbound over Lake Chelan, Washington, July 4, 2017

Being pilots and now owning our own airplane, my husband and idea have had opportunities others may only dream of–hopping over to one of the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound just for a stroll and lunch; observing the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, from Midvale, Idaho; coming back across the mountains without the hassle of highway traffic.

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An interesting bilingual project

Hermila Galindo of Mexico
Hermila Galindo, Mexican feminist
Soon after I started this blog last summer, the project editor at the Southern Illinois University Press found me and asked if I was interested in copyediting a book for them. Given its daunting name of Mestiza Rhetorics: An Anthology of Mexicana Activism in the Spanish-Language Press, 1887–1922, I had to decide whether I was interested enough and qualified to work with old-fashioned Spanish-language texts written in a period of Mexican history I was not extremely familiar with. I’m glad I said yes.
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New client: University of California Press

San Francisco MOMA redesign
The new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens
I got a chance to meet a couple of the senior editors on staff at UC Press last May during the Saturday lunch at my first National Museum Publishing Seminar. That’s a biennial conference that was held at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco this year. A highlight of the weekend was the party at “the newly transformed and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) [, which] opened its doors to the public on May 14, 2016.”

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Working from Baltimore this week

Baltimore aquarium buildings
National Aquarium, Baltimore, Maryland

While my husband attends the Microscopy & Microanalysis conference in Baltimore this week, I decided to be a part-time tourist and copyedit a journal article part-time as well. Today I visited the National Aquarium, which I was surprised to discover contains much more than a shark tank, numerous fresh- and saltwater tanks of fish and coral, and a movie theater. That could be because it is two aquaria merged together.

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