You Probably Need My Services

I’m pleased to announce that I have now exited the ranks of the unemployed and joined the burgeoning ranks of the under-employed! More particularly, I now have a job editing academic papers; my educational background allows me to edit both natural science and social science/humanities documents, so hopefully I will be able to earn a little spending money soon enough.

While this seems like an unglamourous job, I feel like I am actually performing a very important service to the academy, and, by extension, to the Human Race in general. I say this as someone who has spent untold hours of her life frowning over badly-written physics papers which somehow managed to make it into print. There are a lot of people (and I speak of scientists in particular) who are badly in need of a good editor. The trick now will be in convincing people that, yes, they are probably in need of my services, and yes, they will have to pay for them.

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About thevenerablecorvex

I have the heart of a poet, the brain of a theoretical physicist, and the wingspan of an albatross. I am also notable for my humility.
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4 Responses to You Probably Need My Services

  1. Lindsay says:

    Woohoo!

    (I totally agree, editing is super important! However, it is also a thing people seem to think they should get for free. Especially if they know you.)

    • Hi Lindsay,
      This is probably not the opportune mode to speak to you about this, but I can’t see how else to contact you.
      I’m looking for advice: I know that you have a(n undergraduate?) degree in Literature, and as you may recall from several months ago (http://voxcorvegis.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/am-i-being-stupid/), I’ve been seriously considering a move into that to study science fiction. I’m wondering, based on your own experience as both a scientist and a humanist, if you think that I would be better served by looking into some kind of physics/English “interdisciplinary Cultural Studies program,” or whether you think that I need to go all of the way back to undergrad in order to get a firm grasp on the basics.
      I hate to trouble you with this, but I would be grateful for any advice you could provide.

      • Lindsay says:

        I’m sorry I haven’t answered this yet! I’m kind of afraid to because I don’t know. What I know about post-graduate education could fill a teacup, as I haven’t undertaken any myself.

        I also haven’t had much formal instruction in lit crit — my classes were just “read the old books and talk about them”, not so much any theory of criticism!

        I guess I tentatively favor going back to undergrad, because that’s probably where basic literary criticism is taught (even though I wasn’t taught it …) and I’d be afraid that maybe the interdisciplinary program might expect you to already have that?

        I don’t know. The Humanities are vast! I would have as little to talk about with someone trained in the more theoretical sorts of criticism as I would with a particle physicist like you!

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