An American Editor

June 15, 2018

A Personal Note

Filed under: Editorial Matters,On the Basics — Rich Adin @ 8:22 pm

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, Editor in Chief

Dear Colleagues:

I’d like to apologize for being MIA here for the past few weeks. As some of you know, my beloved Wayne-the-Wonderful died in March. (The support from family, friends and colleagues has been amazing, and a huge help.)

An influx of work helped keep me reasonably sane, but took precedence over communicating with you. Posting here may be more fun, no matter how much I enjoy my work, but paying work does come first.

I was just feeling as if I had things under control and was ready to plunge back into posting here (and in social media) on a regular basis when I had a bad fall and dislocated my elbow and tore ligaments in my arm, so I’m functioning with one hand and arm for at least a couple more weeks. It’s been surprisingly easy to edit and proofread with one hand, even if it does take longer to get anything done, but writing that way is very difficult. Luckily, most of my phones have a speaker function, so I should be able to do the interviews necessary for a couple of writing assignments, and local colleagues have offered to take dictation for the actual writing process.

At some point (soon, I hope), I’ll translate these experiences into some new tips for colleagues to add to my past posts about planning for — and coping with — emergencies. In the meantime, please forgive my lapse in communication – and check out the updated post about the deadline for the AAE discount on registration for this year’s Communication Central conference, which has been extended!


  1. I’m sorry for your loss and I hope you feel better soon!


    Comment by Marieke Krijnen — June 15, 2018 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Ruth. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful Wayne. Clearly you’ve been dealing with a lot these past few months, which most of us were unaware of. I hope the love and support of family, friends and the editing community will carry you through this tumultuous period and beyond. Take care.


    Comment by fullproofreading — June 15, 2018 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  3. Ruth, I’m so sorry for your loss. Hopefully you are healing well in all ways, emotionally, and physically from your fall and injuries. Take care. 📚 Christine


    Comment by C.E.Robinson — June 16, 2018 @ 12:11 am | Reply

  4. Ruth, please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear Wayne. I hope you are healing well and thoroughly, physically and emotionally. I’m glad you took off the time that you needed. I do look forward to reading your tips about handling emergencies. Best to you. Camille


    Comment by Camille DeSalme — June 16, 2018 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  5. Dear Ruth,

    Please accept my condolences on the death of your husband.

    I am sad to hear of your physical difficulties as well.

    I’m a lapsed CELmate, so I’m just catching up with your post.

    I always felt that you were an exceptional member of the CELery who wrote the most interesting and lively posts. And you were the perfect choice to take over An American Editor.

    Faced with your recent loss and injuries, you have shown remarkable courage, heart, and resilience. Very few people would have had the strength to keep working despite the pain.

    My very best wishes for your full recovery from the fall and continued success at the helm of An American Editor.


    Charles Smyth

    Fondly, Charles

    Sent from my iPhone



    Comment by Charles Smyth — June 16, 2018 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  6. I’m saddened to hear of your loss.

    Re your injury, have you considered speech recognition software? (I was Senior Linguist at Dragon Systems for twelve years.) It can be extremely useful.


    Comment by thnidu — June 16, 2018 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

  7. Ruth, I am SO sorry to hear of your tremendous loss — I can’t even imagine the soul pain you must be in. Please do take care of yourself in whatever way works best (which may well be Work) … and thank you for all you do for us EFA-ers!


    Comment by Wynne Brown — June 18, 2018 @ 10:08 am | Reply

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