Time (mis)Management

Boy, time flies! I hope everyone out there has been safe during these uncertain times. I have been slammed with work and projects. Nothing will make you forget about all the craziness that’s going on in the world faster than staying ridiculously busy. Whether it’s processing transcripts for production or installing that new bidet (honestlyContinue reading “Time (mis)Management”

COVID-19: Immediate Effect

COVID-19 has stopped the world in it’s tracks. Industries all over are reinventing how they operate. It doesn’t matter whether you think that the coronavirus is going away in a month or it’s here to stay forever, the effects of the virus have created structural changes to every industry, including the court reporting world. ChangeContinue reading “COVID-19: Immediate Effect”

What is a Scopist, II (Punctuation)

In a previous post, I explained the terms mistrans and untrans, and what they mean in regards to scopists. Correcting both mistrans and untrans are scopists primary responsibilities, but they have other duties as well, most notably: punctuation. Punctuation can both create and destroy. Depending on the placement, it can completely change a sentence. TheContinue reading “What is a Scopist, II (Punctuation)”

Becoming a Scopist

There are times where scoping can be a lot of fun, like when you’re scoping a juicy testimony about a drama-filled affair, for instance. Or when two attorneys spend time on the record arguing with one another (which happens more often than you would think). Scoping CAN be a lot of fun, but it mostContinue reading “Becoming a Scopist”

What does “QC Script” stand for?

“QC” is a term familiar to many industries that rely on accuracy and professionalism, although what the letters stand for can be debated. Most agree that it stands for “Quality Control,” but you will find some supporters who will argue you to the death that it stands for “Quality Check.” Regardless, the intention is clear:Continue reading “What does “QC Script” stand for?”

IRL instead of URL

Screen time is a real issue for someone like myself. Like many others, I wake up reaching for my phone, which is never far away, and aimlessly, yet with a faint purpose, page through the news cycle and the social media circus. If, for some horrible reason, my phone is not within reach when IContinue reading “IRL instead of URL”

Soup to Nuts

First of all, where does that expression originate? According to Wikipedia, it’s “an American English idiom that conveys the meaning of ‘from beginning to end.’ It is derived from the description of a full course dinner, in which courses progress from soup to a dessert of nuts.” Now that we all learned something, let’s talkContinue reading “Soup to Nuts”

What is a Scopist?

The first time I heard the term scopist, I initially thought it was a specialist for microscopes. I wasn’t sure how a microscope specialist was related to a court reporter, but I heard the term frequently enough to know there was some relation. It made much more sense later learning that a scopist is anContinue reading “What is a Scopist?”

Brand New Corner Office

It’s always been a dream of mine to work from home. As someone who has been commuting to work for the past 15 years, the idea of sliding on some slippers and strolling into my kitchen for coffee seems like a dream commute. It doesn’t end there: No packed lunches, no stopping for gas, andContinue reading “Brand New Corner Office”

Please Swear in the Witness

Learning a new skill is never easy. There’s time that’s spent in learning the skill, mental and physical energy in gaining that skill, and a certain level of confidence that needs to grow before one can, in good earnest, charge for that skill. That’s not even mentioning the financial cost of obtaining said skill, whichContinue reading “Please Swear in the Witness”