meHi, I’m Heather and I’m glad you’ve happened on the Word Blog.

When not reading or writing, I enjoy cycling, snapping picturescooking, drawing, and climbing. But I do seem to spend an extraordinary amount of my time with words…. I’ve worked in publishing and academia, both of which have revealed fascinating aspects of the coded world of language. I have a love of the English language and a knack for clearly communicating ideas to readers and students alike.

I grapple with words every day as a freelance editor and proofreader. Before striking out on my own, I worked in-house for more than five years at two of Canada’s largest publishers. And before that I taught English usage and style to undergraduate students at the University of Guelph’s Learning and Writing Centre, University of Victoria’s Faculty of Business, and Queen’s University’s Faculty of Applied Science.

I can’t seem to get enough of words, so I created this blog to revel in their rules, their disorderliness, and their astonishing variety. Here you’ll find new vocabulary, entries on usage and rules, book recommendations, and more. I invite you to send in any grammar questions you’d like answered and tune in for upcoming entries on the life of words!

Thanks for reading!


4 Responses to About

  1. Heather says:

    Great blog, Clark. I’ve added a link to it in my blogroll and will definitely be keeping an eye on it in future. Thanks!

  2. Clark Smith says:

    I have enjoyed getting acquainted with your blog. I like your approach and your insights.

    I would be honored if you would drop by my blog, http://www.backwordsblog.com, and take a look around. I take a little different slant on the word definitions / origins approach. I am intrigued with the relationship words have through their Indo-European roots. A recent post on edifice / edify (www.backwordsblog.com/2010/02/matters-of-heart-and-home.html) is a great example of the nature of my blog.

    If you think your readers might enjoy my work, I’d be very pleased if you would add my blog to your blog roll.

    By all means, let me know what you think.

  3. Heather says:

    Thanks for your kind words, George. I’m delighted to know you like the blog and think enough of my writing to suggest publication. I’ve no plans to publish anything for now, though, since I’m too busy editing other authors’ work these days.

    As you can probably tell, I really like words. I have ranging conversations about them with (very patient) family and friends, and I read books about them just for fun. For me this blog is very much an extension of those conversations and that research. And since I don’t want the conversation to be interrupted by “a few words from our sponsors,” I think I’ll just keep doing it for the plain old fun of it and keep my day job.

    And you’re right, of course—these are definitely interesting times for writers and publishers, and the internet certainly offers new obstacles and opportunities for both parties. So good luck to you with your writing and with navigating these new waters.


  4. Hi, Heather.

    What a wonderful site–so well and clearly and crisply written. Here is what I wonder: How can you just give all this good stuff away? Did you think about having a book of your editing tips/grammar advice published?

    I’m a writer, too, and these days I wonder how anyone makes any money at it, with everything migrating to the internet and all things internet expected to be “free,” always.

    How are you being paid back–as you should be–for your skills here?

    Thank you.


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