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About quillpoweronline

I'm an editor at Quillpower PR Publishing. Specialising in 'things that are lovely and of good report'. I work with writers to gently brush away irrelevancies to reveal the buried treasure, or chisel meaning from a block of text. As an accredited editor (Inst. Prof. Editors Ltd) with experience in advertising, public relations, news and feature writing and editing for all media I help communicators put a professional shine on their message. But here on the blog, it's after hours, and I may do an elongated tweet every now and then, point up an absurdity, or simply post one of my ancient scribbles before it and I crumble into dust. BTW, WordPress chooses the ads (if any) on my blog. Quid pro quo.

A red letter to the editor

At the start of a new year about a quarter of a century ago I wrote a letter to the editor, publication unknown. I came across the printout this week in one of my many boxes. (The removalist had groaned. … Continue reading

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An Editor’s Pain in the ‘S

If you’re feeling crook, the last thing you should do is look on the Internet to decide what you’re suffering from.   On the other hand, if you ignore all the advice, it might well be the last thing you do. … Continue reading

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Power and glory of a whisky priest

“God has placed two wolves in the heart of man. A good wolf and a bad one. Which one does he feed?” – Chinese riddle. In the entrails of English literary lore is an interpretation that a text contains its … Continue reading

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It’s time to say ‘Sorry, Australia’

It’s been a while since I posted here.  Not because I had nothing to say, but because so often I have been left speechless with disgust and disbelief at what has been said and done – or not –  by … Continue reading

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You are, we are all Australian

As a former copy editor for the Melbourne PEN Quarterly, I follow PEN’s tireless action on behalf of writers wrongfully imprisoned.  A recent email told that among the refugees imprisoned on Manus Island is a journalist with a Master’s degree … Continue reading

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Be careful what you whisper

The following points were made in a lecture a decade ago by historian and academic Earle de Motte, author of Egyptian Religion and Mysteries and The Grail: a search for transcendence. His topic was ‘The Power of the Word’, meaning … Continue reading

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The editors’ bottom line

Societies of editors in each Australian state last week voted on a motion to dissolve the individual branches and form one cohesive, national organisation. Whatever the outcome (and the Victorian tail would wag the dog) some questions remain: what is … Continue reading

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