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The Twelve Days of Editing

Holiday Tree Lights by Carol Harrison

Photo by Carol Harrison

By Jennifer D. Foster

Here’s a little twist on the holiday classic “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to get us all in the festive spirit!

On the first day of editing, my true love gave to me: a brand-new dictionary.

On the second day of editing, my true love gave to me: two Tylenol and a brand-new dictionary.

On the third day of editing, my true love gave to me: three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.

On the fourth day of editing, my true love gave to me: four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.

On the fifth day of editing, my true love gave to me: five red pens (Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5 Rollerballs)! Four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.

On the sixth day of editing, my true love gave to me: six neck massages, five red pens! Four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.

On the seventh day of editing, my true love gave to me: seven bookstore gift cards, six neck massages, five red pens! Four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.

On the eighth day of editing, my true love gave to me: eight Hershey’s Kisses, seven bookstore gift cards, six neck massages, five red pens! Four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.

On the ninth day of editing, my true love gave to me: nine new clients, eight Hershey’s Kisses, seven bookstore gift cards, six neck massages, five red pens! Four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.

On the tenth day of editing, my true love gave to me: ten ink cartridges, nine new clients, eight Hershey’s Kisses, seven bookstore gift cards, six neck massages, five red pens! Four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.

On the eleventh day of editing, my true love gave to me: eleven days’ vacation, ten ink cartridges, nine new clients, eight Hershey’s Kisses, seven bookstore gift cards, six neck massages, five red pens! Four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary.

On the twelfth day of editing, my true love gave to me: twelve high-fives (for a job well-done), eleven days’ vacation, ten ink cartridges, nine new clients, eight Hershey’s Kisses, seven bookstore gift cards, six neck massages, five red pens! Four spiffy writing journals, three boxes of herbal tea, two Tylenol, and a brand-new dictionary (preferably The Canadian Oxford).

Jennifer D. Foster is a Toronto-based freelance editor and writer, specializing in book and custom publishing, magazines, and marketing and communications. She’s also administrative director of the Rowers Reading Series.

This article was copy edited by Joe Cotterchio-Milligan


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