First of all, as a newcomer to indexing, I thought that the 'Newbie' full day classes given by Enid Zafran and Fred Leise were very thoughtfully presented. There were 16 of us, and it was so great to meet others who were starting out.
In my city of Ottawa, Canada, there is no Indexing Chapter. However, I am extremely fortunate to have the amazing Clive Pyne of cpynebookindexing as my mentor.
I've discovered from spending four days with Indexers what an eclectic bunch of talented people they are! I count myself lucky to have spent time with so many smart, empathic, quick-witted, intense and thoughtful people.
They are a bit like artists (which I will get into in another post) in that they spend a lot of time working in isolation, then they come out of it and talk like mad about what they've been up to. Then everyone gets emotionally overwhelmed at about the same time, and then we all go to bed by 11PM. There are a lot of Indexers who are also Foodies, so it was great to find out that food would be ample and tasty with regular breaks for tea, coffee, green juice and cocktails at 5.
The main point of this post is to remind other indexers that Enid Zafran's Advice from A-Zafran is going to be turned into a book, so if you want to read it online or print it out (I have just done this) now is the time! There is so much excellent background info, and need I say that Enid is a wonderfully easy-going writer and presenter.
Pore over vs. pour overThe phrase meaning to study carefully is pore over. It comes from a little-used sense of the verb pore—namely, to meditate deeply. In modern writing, this sense of pore rarely appears outside this phrase.
Pour over is of course a meaningful phrase in its own right, but it has nothing to do with studying. It’s what you do, for example, with milk to a bowl of cereal.