Thursday, 13 February 2014

Hold the presses

Report from the Word-face

A quick sitrep on #WVGTbook. There's good news, bad news, and good news:

  1. (Good)
    I submitted a revised copy on Wednesday at 23.45. But...
  2. (Bad)
    It's a long story that involves a PC with no net, a memory stick, and a laptop with wireless. The laptop had the sub-Damoclean ...
    <etymological_note theme="nonce">
    (KNEW I could recycle that one, having coined it 'for then ones' [as it said in the notes to The  Pardoner's Tale – the root of 'for the nonce', being an ethic dative. Ones  was the dative of 'one' {=on one occasion} + then {=inflected form of 'the'}]
    <autbiograpical_digression theme="seagull management" date=1993-2003">
    <meta_digression type="explanation of theme">
    A seagull manager flies over from abroad once a year and craps over everything.
    ...during my last days in the IT world, which turned out to last for several years because ALL-IN-1 just wouldn't die no matter how hard the bosses tried to shaft it ... but I digress... where was I?)
    ...sub-Damoclean trial version of Adobe Acrobat. And the PC has more memory than the laptop. So a lot of file-juggling was involved. So the file I successfully submitted just before midnight on Wednesday was The Wrong File.
  3. (Good)
    I installed the trial version on the PC and won a reprieve. I thought the installation kit would be clever enough to recognize that it had been installed once; but it wasn't. The clock has been reset.
Update 2014.02.14.10:10 – Formatted <li> 2 for legibility and added PS

PS So I've got a few more days' work, (but not too long as there are lots of file fragments that I can piece together, so it's largely a question of double-checking).

Update 2014.02.15.17:20 – Updated footer
Update 2014.02.17.11:10 – Added PPS

PPS The second proof stage has started; this time, thinkfully, it'll be quicker. (Thinkfully is a word I've borrowed from an old friend, Kate née {and for all I know STILL} Owen. Kate disapproved of the clause-defining hopefully. In fact, that's putting it mildly – she loathed it. Thinkfully, means [of course] 'I think...'.)

Update 2014.05.31.16:45 – Updated footer

 Mammon When Vowels Get Together V5.2: Collection of Kindle word-lists grouping different pronunciations of vowel-pairs. Now complete (that is, it covers all vowel pairs –  but there's still stuff to be done with it; an index, perhaps...?) 

And here it is: Digraphs and Diphthongs . The (partial) index has an entry for each vowel pair that can represent each monophthong phoneme. For example AE, EA and EE are by far the most common pairs ov vowels used to represent the /i:/ phoneme, but there are eight other possibilities. The index uses colour to give an idea of how common a spelling is, ranging from bright red to represent the most common to pale olive green to represent the least common.

Also available at Amazon: When Vowels Get Together: The paperback.

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Freebies (Teaching resources: over 41,500 views  and nearly 5,800 downloads to date**. They're very eclectic - mostly EFL and MFL, but one of the most popular is from KS4 History, dating from my PGCE, with over 2,150 views and nearly 1,000 downloads to date. So it's worth having a browse.)

** This figure includes the count of views for a single resource held in an account that I accidentally created many years ago.

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