Mary Jeddore Blakney
I believe in continuing education. It's important to stay up to date with the current editing standards as our language evolves.
I believe communication is more important than rules. After all, the only reason the rules exist is to help us communicate more effectively.
I believe it's part of my job to respect and preserve the author's voice.
I was homeschooled before homeschooling was considered an alternative, by my mother, who probably belonged somewhere on the autism spectrum and was undoubtedly a genius.
We didn't have a television, so of course we read a lot. I excelled in English and fell in love with language. I started studying Greek in fourth grade, and other languages followed. While I have always focused on analysis over fluency, I have found that this broad exposure to other languages helps me understand English better. It also often puts me in a position to understand and assist foreign-language speakers who struggle to express themselves in English.