Beware: This is an AMA-style blog

AMA manual

I’m an editor of medical and pharmaceutical materials. In my industry, the predominant style manual is American Medical Association Manual of Style with the Chicago Manual of Style as a backup. As a result, my writing (and editing) is influenced by the AMA manual. On my blog, you’ll find the following:

  • Lack of punctuation use with certain words (vs, PhD, etc [unless it ends in a sentence])
  • Not defining a person by their condition (cancer patient vs patient with cancer)
  • Use of en dashes when necessary (non–small cell lung cancer)
  • Use of Arabic numerals for 1-9 instead of spelling it out
  • Not using a comma with numerals in the thousands, eg, 1000, 5000, 9999 (ten thousands and on get a comma)
  • Lack of hyphens when using prefixes, such as anti-, co-, over, pre-, post, or under (unless it makes words ambigious or awkward, eg, re-coveranti-abortion

Of course, this is a blog, informal writing, therefore, I’ll deviate from some of those rules at times (healthcare as one word; period after Dr.; a sentence beginning with an Arabic numeral), but for the most part, grammar and punctuation use that seem foreign may actually be intentional.

But all style manuals agree: The word “data” is plural, eg, data are, data were…

App Review: WordPress

WordPress_blue_logo.svgI should give WordPress a glowing review simply because I use their platform, right?

I don’t have to.

But…I kinda will. And it’s not just because I use their platform. I willingly give WordPress my money because their tools (across web, mobile, and desktop app) make blogging so easy.

Rather than focus on the website or the convenient desktop app, I’ll focus on the mobile app. The mobile app has its limitations (I don’t necessarily know that they’re WordPress limitations rather than iPhone limitations), but overall, it’s a great app for what it CAN do.

Not only aside from writing a basic blog post, I can also enhance it with rich text. (I know, I know. Whooptee doo. Big deal.) But I also like the ability to switch to HTML mode if I need to fix source code or have the option to mess with the post settings that show up in a sidebar on the web app.

I do wish I could add audio from my phone but I think it’s more of a matter that I can’t access the music files through my iPhone rather than WordPress not being willing to provide me with the functionality in the app.

The app makes reading other WordPress blogs easy through Reader, also built into the app. I can also check notifications, track my follows and likes, and read any comments.

My blog is relatively new so I don’t have many followers or visitors yet. But, that’s OK! If you’re new to the site or to this post, follow me not just on this blog but also through Twitter and Instagram.

Once eccentric, now just disappearing

I started this blog as the eccentriceditor for content’s sake. I didn’t really want to name my site eccentric (I forgot I wanted to use the word eclectic.) I probably wouldn’t have changed the name of the blog if it had been eclecticeditor. Alas, here I am now.

Black Girl in the USA—girl disappearing (what on earth’s occuring?)

Why girldisappearing.com? Well, I bought the domain name because I love the Tori Amos song and thought it would be a good blog site (easy to type and remember). Then I decided to rename it to Black Girl in the USA. You’d think I have commitment issues. I guess I do when it comes to writing and blogging. I’ve been married for 13 years so I have no problems with fidelity there. But I will cheat on my other blogs. I will probably cheat on this one after a while, too. In the past, I’ve written about:

  • Mental health/mental illness
  • Psychiatric drugs
  • Infertility
  • Childlessness (I know, I have a kid now, but it goes along with the infertility part)
  • Postpartum depression/OCD
  • Christian beliefs
  • Books
  • Music
  • Current events

I’d like to take this blog in a different direction. Not just talk about my life, but provide regular content on different things. I won’t say NOTHING is off-limits but I plan on being pretty open about my political leanings, my thoughts on current events, the music I love, and the iPhone apps I ADORE.

And Bitmojis. All the Bitmojis, y’all.