Annotations of remembered joy

Early this morning, I worked on a piece of writing that came back from an editor. Fun times. There are pesky details to address, which seem innocuous enough at first. Yeah yeah, remove this space, period after page reference. Sure fine whatever. –Approve Changes A deeper examination gets me to the Edit Decisions That Matter. The Why did you do that?s of the editorial back and forth.

Which induced a sweating over the word choices of that significant half a sentence. Which lead to a set of conversational aside using Word’s Annotations feature (now called Comments). Which reminded me of editorial rants of blog posts past.


I like Word’s annotations. You can have a whole side conversation w/ co-authors and editors. It keeps an author of the BigFatTome sane. When Victor (my co-author) started out on this revision, I did a grand brain-and-data dump. “Oh!� I said, breaking into a reverie while looking at an old chapter. “We (the copy editor and I) had such a fun conversation about this.� I don’t think that Victor understood my fondness for the annotation stage until we started passing chapters back and forth and peppering the annotations with high-fives, ascii grins, snide comments about hyhphenation inconsistency in the application’s menus, and the occasional delicate urging that “maybe you should fortify yourself with chocolate before you tackle this next section that, well, frankly I didn’t understand at all.�

Now, here I am, having a fond reverie of annotations past, which includes a meta-reverie of a previous set of annotated conversations. That fortify with chocolate bit kills, it’s so good.

Welcome to my Word Annotation Fond Remembrance Hall of Mirrors.

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One response to “Annotations of remembered joy”

  1. Ann Erdman

    Thirty-five years ago when I was a young copywriter at a big ad agency in San Diego, trying like crazy to learn more about the science of kelp than my client (Kelco) ever knew so I could come up with the best dang campaign ever, everything was pounded out onto newsprint and then sent out for typesetting. Nothing was immediate. The business of copywriting sure has evolved since then.