Wednesday, January 25, 2006

News from the semi-cubicle

In the past three weeks, I have learned a great truth in life: scientists should not be allowed to write and edit for themselves. They are BAD at it. Same goes for science students. Also, several of the ones I've read need to have a little talk with someone about professional voice in their writing.

And I swear, if I have to read about one more experiment involving mouse fibroblasts or blacklegged ticks, I will hurt something important to me.

In other news, I dropped my German class today, and I feel only very slightly bad about it. I know it was the right decision, despite the fact that I really hate the idea of quitting anything. I'm still a full-time student, and now I have some time to actually get some writing done, as well as other things (Tai Chi? Tin whistle? The possibilities are endless!)

6 comments:

Sharon said...

Sometimes decisions can be difficult. I'm sure you made the right one!

Molly said...

Oh! Oh! I know! Broadway! Learn to sing and dance...maybe an instrument and there you go! When your rich and famous, you canpay someone to come straight from Germany and teach you. Well, go at it woman! :) Love you!

molly said...

*can pay

Froyd said...

achtung!

L.P. said...

Es ist wundebar und... ach... Hosen!

Alicia said...

We had a big long discussion about science writing and scientists who write their own papers in my editing class last semester. Most science writers on a larger level, say professors or scholars or researchers, have friends or paid editors to read through their papers before they get sent to publication. Some don't, though, and those are the ones who drive us writers and editors bonkers. But at least they tried, right? No one said they had to try very hard, though.