At An Event Apart in Boston, I had the pleasure of meeting Hannah Birch from Pro Publica. It turns out that she was a copy editor in a previous life. I began gushing about the pleasure of working with a great editor.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best. Working with Mandy on HTML5 For Web Designers was wonderful. One of these days I hope to work with Owen Gregory.

When I think back on happy memories of working with world-class editors, I always a remember a Skype call about an article I was writing for The Manual. I talked with my editor for hours about the finer points of wordsmithery, completely losing track of time. It was a real joy. That editor was Carolyn Wood.

Carolyn is going through a bad time right now. A really bad time. A combination of awful medical problems combined with a Kafkaesque labyrinth of health insurance have combined to create a perfect shitstorm. I feel angry, sad, and helpless. At least I can do something about that last part. And you can too.

If you’d like to help, Karen has set up a page for contributing to help Carolyn. If you could throw a few bucks in there, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.

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Previously on this day

4 years ago I wrote 100 word 096

Day ninety six.

5 years ago I wrote Responsive Day Out activities

Welcome to Brighton.

5 years ago I wrote The telescope in the woods

A trip to the Baldone Schmidt telescope in Latvia.

10 years ago I wrote From Boston to London

Straight from An Event Apart to @media.

13 years ago I wrote Mashing up with microformats

I’ve transcribed the text of the microformats panel I sat in on at South by Southwest.

16 years ago I wrote The ould country

I’m off to Ireland tomorrow. I have duly updated my travel page.

16 years ago I wrote Such a perfect day

Yesterday really brought home to me just what a nice town Brighton is.