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When Worlds Collide
By S.E.M. Ishida :::: Technical communication and fiction may seem like total opposites on the writing spectrum. However, as both a technical communicator and children’s book author, I’ve come to see that these two kinds of writing have more in common than one might think. If you're a technical communicator itching to break into fiction, take heart that technical communication can help you write stories in the following ways: Detach yourself from your writing. Some authors think of their novels like their babies. But what happens when your publisher asks you to remove your metaphorical baby’s arm and replace it with something different? Technical communication prepares you for writing with a cool detachment from your topic and your words.
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By Catherine Sprankle, Chapter Member ::::If you’re a “certain age” you may remember when Baskin Robbins advertised its 31 flavors of ice cream: a different one for every day of the month. Sometimes it seems like there are almost that many different “flavors” of editing. But agreeing on whether a “copy edit” or “content edit” is required for a project is a lot more complicated than deciding between chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and the meanings of the names for various levels of editing are less universally understood. In her webinar on “The Basics of Editing and Proofreading” presented to STC earlier this year, Ruth Thaler-Carter presented a wealth of advice for people who edit documents as part of their jobs or are seeking to become f
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Catch Every Word at the Touch of a Pen
By Gail Lorzing, STC Carolina Chapter Member :::: Being new to the technical communications profession, but not to researching and speaking with SMEs and product users, I knew there must be a device for recording other than a phone or pocket recorder. I wondered, "What are college students using?" James Bond had all the gadgets back in the 60’s so why couldn’t I? After several internet searches I found it. The Echo Smartpen from Livescribe. User reviews were excellent with a high customer support rating and the majority of people having no pen issues. For less than $150, I purchased the Livescribe Echo Smartpen with 2GB of storage. Per the Livescribe website 2GB will give you 200 hours of recording time and over 1000 pages of notes. The
August 24, 2016 11:36 EDT
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Introducing the STC Carolina 2016-2017 Board
By Lindsay K. Saunders, Director of Communications and Managing Editor of the Newsletter Elections concluded in June and we have a new board for 2016 - 2017. We gathered in July for a Vision Day to hammer out chapter goals, program details, and other things we hope to accomplish in the next year! Meet the New Board! President - Christina Mayr ::::Christina Mayr has been volunteering with STC Carolina since 2007, most recently as President 2015-2016, helping to clench another Platinum Award for the Chapter. Before that, Christina served as secretary and managing editor for the newsletter. As President again, Christina has her sights set on a productive and engaging year, with programs designed around traditional technical commun
August 15, 2016 09:23 EDT
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