Office Pyjamas: Summer Edition

Preamble (scroll down for outfit posts)

Because my PhD is in literature and cultural studies, and perhaps also because I’m a wee bit arrogant about these things, I feel like I can tell when books/authors have not been edited enough.

I’m an avid reader in and outside of my professional existence, and it is one of the banes of my reading life when authors who’ve published a number of excellent works of fiction seem no longer to get edited by their presses. I assume this happens – and I’m really only guessing here – because everyone who might otherwise edit or refine an established author’s next manuscript figures the book will sell with or without significant editing, so why not focus their limited time and money on helping their less experienced authors? This is my imagined explanation for novels written by some of my most beloved authors later in their careers seeming weaker overall, with too-long meandering storylines, under or over-developed characters, extraneous or unresolved subplots, and the like.

I’m also super disappointed by academic superstars who achieve a degree of success publishing utterly ground-breaking, intellectually challenging, and inspired work early in their careers, then proceed to publish the same collection of no-longer-new ideas under different titles for the remainder of their working lives. Why doesn’t their editor tell them to stop? Why tantalize and then disappoint instead?

In short, I value a good editorial process. Now that I’m involved in one myself, however, I get why some of the prestigious ones opt to skip it. That’s right: The Project that Will Not End is back on my desk for another go-’round. This time, it’s got a book contract attached, which is awesome, but it’s sooooo crazy-making to wade back into this work.

Outfit Post/Amble: Summer office pyjamas

Office pyjamas are but one of an array of de-crazifying tools I’m employing to get through this process, one more time (with feeling). We had a short stint of cooler weather last week, so I wore this. I added the bracelet to channel E-Jo’s mad colour-mixing skillz and to cut the pyjama-vibe (which I readily allow is still quite strong here):

Embroidered office pj tunic: Joe Fresh; Bracelet: Nordstrom; Cami: Joe Fresh; Leggings: ?, I cut out the scratchy tag (via Winners); Shoes: Fly London Yaya

It’s much hotter and humid today, so just looking at the layers, sleeves, and near-full-leg-and-foot coverage featured here is making me sweaty. The next version of these office pj’s will probably be pared down significantly. Also, OK. The tunic is ACTUAL pyjamas. As in, it came from the pj section of the shop. I’ve decided, however, that it’s way too pretty – and frankly, its polyester is too scratchy – to be worn to bed. It needs to go out into the world.

Who/what are you reading this summer, StyleNation?

Are they edited enough for you?

16 thoughts on “Office Pyjamas: Summer Edition

  1. Writing is hard and so is editing but it is part of the process so everyone, and I mean everyone, just needs to suck it up and do it. I think writers (and their publishers) who throw out the editing step just because a book will sell anyway have no respect for the craft, whether academic or popular, and in so doing thumb their noses at the rest of us. Even established writers need a good editor (I’m looking at you and your publishers, JK Rowling and Suzanne Collins, because obviously you are reading this blog).

    Also, that tunic-pyjama top is a pretty colour but knowing it is scratchy polyester is making me feel itchy. Stop making me feel itchy.

    • It is one of the goals of my life to make you feel itchy (without touching you – just to be clear) at all times. OK, maybe not. Even without the touching, that is just a gross thing to say/type.

      In other news, I love a good D-Med rant. I may need to call you so you can give me the full editing-is-necessary talk.

  2. Happy to see the Fly London shoes on a real (academic!) person. I was tempted by a pair of bright yellow ones in the same style a week ago, but didn’t have the time to try them on. May have to go back . . .

    • Ohmigod! Get the yellow ones! Get the yellow ones! (I covet them deeply and wish to live vicariously through your buying and wearing. Also, they would be GREAT on you.)

  3. The color of that tunic is lovely and you look so comfy for a day of editing your book manuscript. Massive congratulations on the contract, btw!

    I’m currently reading a novel in Spanish on my kindle, but I think there are a couple of words that flummox the scanners or whatever they use to convert or create the e-books. It is maddening because the e-text is clearly not edited.

    • Dude. Thanks. Also, it is stupid that e-text is even less edited than the rest. Stupid and annoying. I am annoyed on your behalf.

  4. It’s going to be 106 here on Friday. One oh six. *dies*

    Also, if you would like a textbook example of a really badly edited book that I just read because I am a sheep, Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness may be the worst-edited, over-hyped chick-lit vampire book in a pseudo-literary disguise ever. I’m just sayin if it calls to you in the airport do not touch it.

    • Cynthia speaks the truth. I listened to Discovery of Witches, rather than reading it and I performed my own acts of editing my turning on the vacuum cleaner without pausing the tape (or whatever the appropriate way to say that in the digital age would be).

      • It is too late. I succumbed to its stupid siren song in the airport in February and was horribly, horribly disappointed. Am loving your review, Cynthia, and wish I’d been able to edit via noise-reduction like you, AFtK. It is a serious suckfest.

  5. I particularly like the color of the office PJs top, though I will also say that having just returned to the US from Ireland, and experienced a doubling of the temperature (when rendered in ºF) makes the thought of polyester challenging at best….

    As I told the good Ms. Beantown when I met her, I will want to read (and probably share) your book when you come through to the other side. So I am rooting for you!

    • Thanks AFtK! I’ll find a way to get you a copy when things are (finally) ready. I’d love to hear your thoughts on things.

      I’m envious of your Ireland sojourn. How was the fair green isle?

      Also, yeah. The summer heat makes polyester a very stupid choice. This is probably why the top was on sale. It’s pretty, but not at all practical.

      Finally, I’m soooo jealous of your Beantown meet-up. I would’ve loved to hang with you two!

  6. I covet your beautiful tunic — though its lovely floatiness would not work on me at all — and your book contract. Not your editing, however. That you can keep. Can I offer you millions upon millions of crickets?

    I actually don’t mind a rambly book from a favorite novelist as it lets me stay in their world longer. I’ve got my kindle loaded up with Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and an embarrassing amount of YA fiction for my trip abroad.

    • Thanks, E-Jo, but you can keep your crickets. Probably I’ll need a list of your YA choices at some point.

      Also, have a wicked trip!

      Finally, really? You wouldn’t want Atwood’s _Year of the Flood_ or _Oryx and Crake_ to be even a little more edited and structured?

  7. I love your office pajamas…but that is probably because I’m working entirely from home this summer and could definitely get away with wearing them! My reading stack is several volumes high. At the moment I’m focusing on William Least Heat Moon’s River Horse, probably because one of my adult children is floating the full length of the Mississippi this summer, 2500 miles! I think it is difficult to edit something that you are too familiar with…it needs a fresh set of eyes. I give my students extra credit for errors they find in their textbooks.

    • Thanks Terri. I’m so very envious of your ability to actually get work done at home! As it turns out, unless I’m staring down a GIANT deadline, home is the space of procrastination for me.

      Also, a 2500 mile summer-long float sounds just crazy enough to be the best thing ever. And how lovely that you are reading in solidarity with this endeavor!

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