After a MA in Book and Digital Media I worked for three years as junior researcher on the Huygens project ‘Anne Frank Manuscripts’, learning the ins and outs of digital scholarly editing the best way possible: by doing it. Incidentally, also a great way to learn what doesn’t work well and why. I then did a PhD at the University of Antwerp (2014-2017) on the role of the scholarly editor in the digital environment. During this time I was Research Fellow in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie funded network DiXiT (2014–2017), which provided me with advanced training in manuscript studies, text modeling, and XML technologies. I focused on automated collation software; working closely with Ronald Haentjens Dekker and adapting the software CollateX to handle difficult manuscripts as well. I am currently working in the R&D team of the Humanities Cluster as an embedded researcher, more or less on the same topics: modeling literary texts within the hypergraph data model TAG; improving the workflow of digital editing; and feeding collation software really difficult texts to process until they break.