Monday, December 08, 2008

I Used To Be an Editorial Ass

Because I'm too busy Christmas shopping to post tonight, I'll highlight one of my favorite editor blogs, written by Moonrat: Editorial Ass: I work in publishing and I like to read things. Herewith: free association on books, nice things I ate, publishing, editing, and other nice things I ate.

And in particular, I'll point you to her recent post suggesting some great books to give as gifts this year - many of which are available in paperback!

In case you're wondering, the Editorial Ass is not a jerk. In fact, she's really very nice. She's also a former (now promoted) Editorial Assistant. Which can be a grueling, thankless, and very poorly paid position.


Edited to add a completely unrelated question. What does the term "natural causes" mean when you're talking about a college freshman? (I'm thinking "traditional" first year student, rather than an older student, because I can't imagine anyone else choosing to live in Ruby.)


Cate said...

"natural causes" meaning as a cause of death? I can't think of another use for the phrase.

If I read it in an obituary, I'd think aneurysm or something like that.

Sarahlynn said...

Cate, yeah, the article said that this college freshman, whose roommate found her dead in their dorm room, "died of natural causes." When I hear that phrase, I tend to think of someone who's 90, not 19. But you're right, I'm sure there are lots of natural things that can kill us, from congenital abnormalities to cancer.

Sarahlynn said...

Huh! For some reason, my link doesn't show up in the original post, which renders the whole addendum completely nonsensical.

Anne said...

I'm assuming they ruled out something like suicide, a murder or something accidental like alcohol poisoning. There was a woman who was an OB resident who's blog I used to read who died of a blood clot to the lung. I'd guess something like that.

How awful for the poor girls roommate to find her and her parents. My freshman year there was a guy who died in surgery for a broken hip from a fall from his loft. I didn't know him well and it was incomprehensible.

Cate said...

Oh, that is incredibly sad. My source for all info these days, Wikipedia, has a pretty short entry on natural causes. Sounds like it's kind of a catchall term.

(And I thought you were just asking because you were writing some fiction about it.)

moonrat said...

ok, well, re: cause of death is very sad. but thank you for the very nice post and plug. to be fair, though, i'm really not THAT nice. for example, i secretly eat puppies.

Sarahlynn said...

Well, that's fine. As long as they're purebred puppies!