Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Style Guide...of Doom!

So! The two Managing Editors (myself and Lucie) have been taking turns being sick between working on our assigned tasks (I am, in fact, writing this to you from bed. Day 5, people. Day 5. If you get this thing....STAY IN BED. Seriously). We're therefore playing a bit of catch up, and we'd like your help.

Actually, we'd like your help anyway, because this is your publication and because you're smart people. But helping your beleaguered and ill Man. Eds. is part of the equation as well.

Lucie and I are putting together Thrust's Mandate and Style Guide/Sheet. These are both critical to the magazine's final iteration. The trouble thus far for us has been that we didn't want to just slap these together without having a full understanding of what this thing is going to look like. We now feel like we have a better idea, but no one knows better than all of us collectively (if that makes sense...I've been ill, did I mention? Ahem). So we'd like your help in developing these from here.

1) Mandate

The mandate should reflect Thrust's face to the world. That is, what message we're trying to send by publishing it, and what makes it unique. Lucie and I have a few ideas for this, including the sexy/fresh angle that the name Thrust suggested in the first place, but if you have any additional ideas, please post them as comments or email myself and/or Lucie.

2) Style Sheet

This one's more important in the long run as it determines, to a large extent, the textual unity of Thrust. This is something I'm very excited to play a part in. There are certain things Lucie and I already know about Thrust's style, but we'd like your input as well. Hate certain spellings of words? Love others? Think British Columbia should be B.C. not BC? This is your chance. We're likely going to base everything off of a particular style (CP, AP, etc.), but we can make the style sheet reflect infinite preferences, if we'd like.

We also recognize that certain genres (poetry, for example) defy certain style markers, and these sorts of things should also be part of the style sheet.

So please, send us your style sheet entries. We will most likely work with them, and if we don't, we'll give you a good reason why.

Thank you so much for your input, and if you could send us your responses (here in the comments or via email) by next Wednesday, that would be great, as we're finalizing the style sheet ASAP. Keep up the good work!

Your Man. Eds.


  1. My only request for the style guide: Serial comma. I love that thing. Please keep it alive.

    Feel better soon!

  2. ditto on the serial comma.

    i vote for periods & commas inside quotation marks. i vote to keep the distinction between practise and practice. to strip URLS of http:// and www and forwards slashes (if this is applicable). and to err on the side of british spellings most of the time.

    that's all that comes to mind at the moment.

    do you want us to bring you some soup? i make good recovery soup.

  3. I actually vote against the serial comma, but will adjust as needed. I agree with punctuation inside quotation because it's classier and the opposite makes me super-uncomfortable.

  4. Ditto on the quotation mark/punctuation issue (I physically react when it's outside) and I'm all for the cleaner BC, as opposed to B.C.

    I don't know if this would be an issue, but can we choose "z" over the British "s" in words like "familiarize?"