communication for the real world


Going that extra mile with the two major Englishes

Spring bluebells in beech woodland, Dockey Woods, Buckinghamshire, England

It takes about 15 minutes to walk a mile. I’ve walked countless city streets, country lanes, and unmarked fields to go a mile. It’s 15 minutes, give or take. It’s not that far.

In the world of specialised writers—technical, scientific, corporate—few seem to be interested in improving their ability with the two major branches of English:

March 9, 2011  

A leak leads to a job change

blue sky with clouds

Most of the time, my fellow technical writers want to hear about the shift from the chains of permanent full-time work to the freedom of contracting. I agree that contracting is freer. You are free to do all the marketing required to keep yourself (and your subcontractors) in billable hours. You are free to travel to different clients constantly, racking up kilometers on your car (or bus and train tickets) which you are then free to administer in your bookkeeping and accounting which you are also free to calculate and remit in time to make your quarterly tax payments. You are free to manage your own pension scheme, health insurance, and business insurance. [Read more →]

November 30, 2006  

You Can Get There from Here

road with trees

Although they are about the same distance apart geographically, Madrid is not to Munich what Manhattan is to Miami. In Europe, short distances can mean big differences in expectation and understanding as well as in language and culture! [Read more →]

March 24, 2006