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Oddly enough I was just getting ready to do some research on longhorns for a book about Arizona, which ended up being filled with Texas Longhorns (and others from the same original Mexican stock). Thanks!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Decoding the genetic history of the Texas longhorn
I do some nitpicky stuff early on like checking grammar, but that's because I have Grammar OCD and it'll distract me from the bigger stuff otherwise. :) But then again I also do that while the work is in progress, so it's not a big issue once the first draft is finished.
As for time...if you include the weeks I set the manuscript aside to come at it with fresh eyes, then it generally takes me about three months. That also includes two or three all-the-way-through passes. For the most part my editing attacks are the same as yours.
5 months ago on Target Editing – A Time-Saving Strategy for Writers
"2. Read someone else’s work" One of the best things to ever happen to my writing was reading slush.
6 months, 1 week ago on How to Spot Your Weaknesses as a Writer
If they do this, they'll need to be ready with a response if the federal government threatens to pull a lot or all of the state's federal money too. Alabama's gotten billions of dollars since 2009 from the Recovery Act alone--if they're going to take a swing at this they'd better realize they're up against a mean pitcher.
1 year ago on Alabama Governor to Block State Health Exchange?
This is likely to come back to bite us if a U.S. citizen ever needs to claim diplomatic asylum in an unfriendly country.
1 year, 3 months ago on State Department: The U.S. does not recognize the concept of ‘diplomatic asylum’ | The Cable
@KenBjornbak Well, yeah--and George W. Bush argued in favor of exactly this power in the Padilla case. I'm still opposed to it either way, and I'm proud of my home state; I just hope the Republicans still are opposed to this when a Republican is president again.
1 year, 7 months ago on New Law: Virginia will not cooperate with NDAA detention