faustus: (Comedy)
( Mar. 13th, 2012 12:01 am)
I've needed a day out for at least a week, albeit of the take-the-laptop-and-work variety. I thought of London, I thought of Tunbridge Wells, I thought of Tonbridge, I thought of Ashford... I thought of Ramsgate. But the train service was suspended all weekend, and there was a diversion on Sturry Road, so buses looked a problem. Oh, and the bridge from East was closed for maintenance.

I went to Nerd.

Saturday night, after much work, I walked the alleged two miles to ASDA, and two miles back, and was abused by the Imp's drunk, who called across to me as I was locking my front door, that I couldn't get in, because two people had come to change the locks, I was wasting my time, I wouldn't be able to get in. This was my front door. Which I'd just come out of. And then clearly locked.

I thought of going to the Bubble on Sunday, and calling in the library at the campus on the hill, walking home, but fortunately the library books could be renewed on line and Costa hath no wifi. I went to Nerd, then Bux, then (New Nerd being full) back to Old Nerd. I edited three chapters, wrote the lectures I needed for Monday, and ate an out of date packet of crisps. I went home, edited another chapter, then hit the wrong button.

I'd somehow been working on the Dropbox back up of the file, and the flaky wifi meant that the Scrivener file hadn't saved. I'd been editing each chapter in Word, to use the spellchecking function (belts and braces for my own self-copy-edit), but didn't save each chapter. Three chapters gone. Fortunately, I'd edited on paper too, and none of these chapters had the large restructure of some of them, so i was able to redo the work within a couple of hours. No early night, though.

Tonight, I've worked on the remaining chapters and epilogue. I have ten pages which I skipped editing (for reasons which escape me) to do, a couple of hundred words to add and a couple of additional references. Hopefully the manuscript can go off on Thursday.


136600 / 120000 words. 114% done!

New version of Chapter Two - Chapter Three is a maze of black ink.
faustus: (Default)
( Dec. 20th, 2011 10:38 pm)
Six months ish since submission, and the process of rewriting begins. Meanwhile, the next book and the next book proposal lurk in the wings. Deadline March 14. Let's start with Chapter One...



139900 / 120000 words. 117% done!
faustus: (seventies)
( Jun. 29th, 2011 01:41 am)
So close... I reckon I have 200 word to add to end the project and I was going to keep going; but my bulb has gone ping, and I need to read some Ballard stories before I write those 200 words. I could adjurn to a room with a light bulb but I think that's my cue to get the fuck to bed. It being gone 1.40. I am unlikely to have time tomorrow (today) as it is a day off, and the day after tomorrow (tomorrow) I anticipate a hangover. Maybe the 30th will be the day.
faustus: (seventies)
( May. 2nd, 2011 01:17 am)
The death march continues - fifteen chapters have a penultimate edit, and aside from adding a couple of paragraphs here and there, and an epilogue, and the full bibliography, I'm almost ready to submit.

I am, of course, hoping to awake to discover that the fairies have rewritten Chapter Eleven for me. On the other hand, maybe that's Monday's job.
Parker, L.D. (1997) ‘Practitioner Perspectives on Personal Conduct: Images
from the World of Poetry, 1900-55’, in T. E. Cooke and C. W. Nobes (eds)
The Development of Poetry in an International Context, pp. 68-89. London:
Routledge.


So spaced initials for editors but closed up for authors.

It feels a bit odd for journal titles to be single quote marks when actual quotations are double quote marks.
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I use to know how to use apostrophes, but after two decades of marking (two decades' marking?) I've lost the sense of flavour.

Take this:

  • "1970s gender expectations"


The author suggests an apostrophe, but I think they want:

  • "1970's gender expectations"


but we're not just talking about 1970 - which pedants might argue isn't actually in the 1970s - we're talking about the whole decade:

  • "1970s' gender expectations"


which looks a little wrong, and since I suspect the 1970s is singular rather than plural, a case might be made for:

  • "1970s's gender expectations"


which is horrible. As far as I can make out from Fowler II, "1970s" is treated an adjectival noun, and thus doesn't necessarily need one.

  • "1970s gender expectations"


may do, after all. It doesn't help that I need an MLA styleguide for this - assuming it answers such a question.

I could just rewrite:

  • "gender expectations of the 1970s"
faustus: (Future)
( May. 22nd, 2009 09:22 pm)
Today has ended up more or less where it needed to be.

The grand plan was to head to the academic library on the hill around nine, but this was scuppered by a) needing to buy, write and post a birthday card to my big bother, b) needing to fill the prescriptions, c) needed to take advantage of the 3 for the price of 1 Jaffa Cakes offer and d) sleeping in until 8.40.

Naturally then it was not until 11.20 that I was on the Unibus - and 11.30 when it left, after the two buses parked either side had long gone. A diversion to buy a notepad - Tesco not stocking anything appropriate - I was in the Library for noon. I did about three hours - which is more than I've managed there since the start of the academic year - and then went to the Carbuncle to buy a ticket for the Ross Noble interview (one packet of Jaffa cakes later).

Thence via charity shops (and a surprise present for two Midlands parties) to Caffe Nerd and more notetaking.

Back to pick up the prescription and home to finish the index I've been working on. I can now go to the pub with no poof raeding. Two packets down.


Off to Lewes tomorrow. Is there really an 8am train?
Barely has the ink dried upon the Companion - which is to be launched at Eaton (with a strong piece of elastic - it's heavy) - when we are given a schedule for Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction. ETA is July, in both hardback and paperback.

You can imagine the fun we had boiling all of sf (prose fiction, film, tv, theatre, comics, critical theory; reflecting diversity and history) down to 50 names, and the horse trading that's gone on. Then we saw a preview of the cover, with half a dozen or so names on it, and the horse trading begins anew. So, should we need to release Seven Keyer Figures in Science Fiction:

  • Octavia E. Butler
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Stan Lee
  • George Lucas
  • Gene Roddenberry
  • H.G. Wells

And you can imagine the joy of people using parenthetical referencing with these two books - Bould et al 2009a and Bould et al 2009b.


It feels like I've been beavering away since I finished the Pratchett book, but with little more than reviews actually being published. With these and the Russ book there is a throughput again.

ETA: We've also had fun writing imaginary reviews listing the names we've wrongheadedly left out/included.
faustus: (heaven)
( Jan. 7th, 2009 12:27 am)
Okay, as far as I'm concerned, it's done. There will be stuff to do when the copy editor has buggered around with it, but for now, enough. I have not put journals in alphabetical order in the contributors' bios. Life is too short!

I have moved this project from C:\>Commissions and Publications>In Progress>Books to C:\>Commissions and Publications>Under Consideration or In Press>Books.

That is all.

Tomorrow, I can tidy this desk and office.

(Can you see the next major project, on the shelf to the right? Part of it, anyway)

The End of Another Book (or is it?)
Reading and bed.
faustus: (lights)
( Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:39 am)
After One of Those Weekends - a botched meet for coffee with a mate and a screwed up Secret Santa, neither my fault - I've battled through the death march of the copy edit to complete Science Fiction: 50 Key Figures.

The stats:

Words: 106,000, pre-index
Pages: 548 double spaced with 4 cm margins.

My co-editors and I will do another skim through over Christmas and new year and aim to submit around 3 January.
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faustus: (Default)
( Dec. 7th, 2008 01:05 am)
I had a pretty good day at the seaside -

Train down to Dover at 10.30 (nearly screwed trying to buy Grauniad but gave up and went to platform as train came) and did a circuit of Hooked on Books (three books at 50p; wanted to buy a couple of Tennants and a Rebus but £2.99) and the chairity shops. Didn't get to the outlet and the size of the queue in Woollies stopped any purchases. Had some Kentucky Fried Chicken which was naughty but can't otherwise be done this side of Ashford (or Folkestone or Ramsgate or Margate).

Train onto to Deal - and I nearly lost Deal itself as the town centre is not signposted. I feel I lost a couple of chairity shops and maybe another second hand shop, but then there's one on Middle Street I haven't found. Talked myself into the market - four books at 50p - and have his card as he has inherited a large pile of sf at 50p a book. I had time for a 99 and sat looking at the beach.

Back home via Sainsbury's and Dover, and bus to the Carbuncle. Couple of hours reading/scribbling on 50 Key Figures introduction and discover forthcoming gigs of Mark Watson (which I've seen twice - the warm up and the Edinburgh versions), Count Arthur Strong (mixed feelings - he is comedy genius or bloody annoying) and Clive James (a legend). Then Rich Hall as support to Otis Lee Crenshaw, of which, more.

At busstop: young people, semi-drunk, discussing last night:

"I was really drunk."

"Yes, you were shouting at him, and then you got out your laptop."

You what? Did he log on to Facebook and stick his vampires on the other guy's werewolves?


Back to my local, where the Welcome Home Stoney party I'd forgotten was still in full swing and threatening to degenerate into, well, something. D. didn't have the DVD I'd lent NW and NW had lent him, despite a texted reminder. Heigho.
faustus: (dreamland)
( Dec. 6th, 2008 01:40 am)
I've just copy-edited the fiftieth file in the current co-edited volume; there are massages that need to be done, especially on earlier chapters, and authorial corrections to make, and I have to do the preliminaries, and it has more stages to go but -

- as the book has 50 Key Figures in its title, this is a milestone.
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What kind of database returns no hits on "Philip K Dick" or "Philip Dick"?

It's meant to be about sf.

"Philip K. Dick" does, but there should be more cross references.
faustus: (coffee)
( Nov. 27th, 2008 01:29 am)
Let it be recorded: Today has been a good day.

I've been feeling a bit trapped, and the endless coypu-editing, camp or otherwise, is getting to me (do experts not know the titles of the books they are discussing? can no one follow Routledge NuStyle?). A jolly, an expotition was in order.

BookshopThere are various exhibitions in London I am failing to see. My therapist recommended an exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, and there's a bookshop in Bexhill-on-Sea which requires more exploration. Various days turned out to be free, and Saturday was a wash out, and the shop would be shut on a Sunday, and I was working on Monday. So Wednesday was the day I finally was free - and note this is the day the dvd shop shuts. I renewed the railcard, caught the train and was in a bookshop was 11.30. I found a pile of seventies books which in some cases stretched the two pound rule, and a Leigh Brackett crime novel, and the shop keeper said he'd call it two quid a book plus a quid for the cheap one. Eight books for £15. Result.

Thousand's of Book's All Genre'sThen a trudge around the various charity shops - with nothing leaping off the shelves that I could justify buying - I think the quality of the books is improving, but that means fewer battered paperback sf books. No waistcoats (vests), no jackets, no interesting bric-a-brac - although I paused on a purse disguised as a glitterball (or a glitterball disguised as a purse) with the notion of it being a birthday present. I found something that will do, but not, yet, what I wanted. I proofraed the dvd shop and went to find some Fried Chicken for lunch, which I ate near the Pavilion, kicking the gulls out the way (gulls like chicken. Who knew?)

Don't Let Them Eat CakeI sort of resented having to pay for the exhibition - but I will say more about mid-period Ben Nicholson later, as it was rather interesting to see landscape and geometric abstraction mesh so closely together. There were some nice photos in the overflow of the Brighton Photo Biennial (it's over now, and it wasn't in Brighton). A wander around the building, a coffee, a reader of the Grauniad and then to Sainsbury's* via a rather worrying cakeshop.

I popped into Sainsbury's, to picked up some pitta bread (had it been a bit later then I would have bought sustenance for the journey home), but as it was I bought a blue cherry yoghurt and two six packs of pittas for the price of one at 70p. Naturally, they come up at 75p each. I query it. Someone is despatched to the shelf - and the sign was in the wrong place (it does not cover organic ones, which these were, and neither of the two signs were that close to any pittas. But - get this - i could have them for 70p. That's better than Tescos would behave.

I lost the card from the bookshop on the way to the pub - but found it on my way back.


* I remember it as a Waitrose. I remember green signage. Has it become Ramsgate in my head?
I know I'm losing it - I'm working through a pile of files we've edited down to word length and copy-editing them for consistency of spelling, accuracy of dates, and adherence to Routledge NuStyle. I then reformat and retitle the file ready to send for checking by the author.

I just labelled one "[subject] camp edit.doc"

Hark at her.

Omies and palones of the jury, vada well at the eek of the poor ome who stands before you, his lallies trembling.



Time for bed.
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faustus: (gorilla)
( Nov. 2nd, 2008 08:38 pm)
Ok - that's it.

We've read the proofs.

We've screamed.

We've proof read the proofs.

I've made a list of corrections and restorations.

We've wibbled about missing magazine dates.

I've asked my coeditors to research magazine dates.

I've researched magazine dates.

I've rewritten sections of the book for those dates.

I've spotted an error in a date we already had.

I've conflated all of this into one easy file and put line breaks for each chapter.

That's it.

That's the lot.

Oh, we haven't proofraed the index. We haven't seen the index. I claim no responsibility for the index.

I laugh in the face of a January 30 2009 publication date. A paperback is rumoured for March.

Mark Bould, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint, (eds) The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction [Import] (Hardcover)

HISTORY 1. The Copernican Revolution – Adam Roberts 2. Nineteenth-Century Sf – Arthur B. Evans 3. Fiction, 1895–1926 – John Rieder 4. Sf Tourism – Brooks Landon 5. Film, 1895–1950 – J.P. Telotte 6. Fiction, 1926–49 – Farah Mendlesohn 7. Golden Age Comics – Marek Wasielewski 8. Film and Television, the 1950s – Mark Jancovich and Derek Johnston 9. Fiction, 1950–63 – Rob Latham 10. Film and Television, 1960–80 – Peter Wright 11. Fiction, 1964–79 – Helen Merrick 12. Manga and Anime – Sharalyn Orbaugh 13. Silver Age Comics – Jim Casey 14. Film since 1980 – Sean Redmond 15. Television since 1980 – Lincoln Geraghty 16. Fiction, 1980–92 – Michael Levy 17. Comics since the Silver Age – Abraham Kawa 18. Fiction since 1992 – Paul Kincaid

THEORY 19. Critical Race Theory – Isiah Lavender III 20. Cultural History – Lisa Yaszek 21. Fan Studies – Robin Anne Reid 22. Feminisms – Jane Donawerth 23. Language and Linguistics – Mark Bould 24. Marxism – William J. Burling 25. Nuclear Criticism – Paul G. Williams 26. Postcolonialism – Michelle Reid 27. Posthumanism and Cyborg Theory – Veronica Hollinger 28. Postmodernism – Darren Jorgensen 29. Psychoanalysis – Andrew M. Butler 30. Queer Theory – Wendy Gay Pearson 31. Utopian Studies – Alcena M.D. Rogan 32. Virtuality – Thomas Foster

ISSUES AND CHALLENGES 33. Animal Studies – Joan Gordon 34. Design for Screen Sf – Piers Britton 35. Digital Games – Tanya Krzywinska and Esther McCallum–Stewart 36. Empire – Istvan Csicsery–Ronay Jr 37. Environmentalism – Patrick D. Murphy 38. Ethics and Alterity – Neil Easterbrook 39. Music – Ken McLeod 40. Pseudoscience – Roger Luckhurst 41. Science Studies – Sherryl Vint 42. Space – James Kneale 43. Time, Possible Worlds, and Counterfactuals – Matt Hills 44. Young Adult Sf – Joe Sutliff Sanders

SUBGENRES 45. Alternative History – Karen Hellekson 46. Apocalyptic Sf – Aris Mousoutzanis 47. Arthouse Sf Film – Stacey Abbott 48. Blockbuster Sf Film – Stacey Abbott 49. Dystopia – Graham J. Murphy 50. Eutopia – Graham J. Murphy 51. Feminist Sf – Gwyneth Jones 52. Future History – Andy Sawyer 53. Hard Sf – David N. Samuelson 54. Slipstream – Victoria de Zwaan 55. Space Opera – Andy Sawyer 56. Weird Fiction – China Miéville


I'm not sure how many years I've been working on this. Time to stop, methinks
Could of swore I bought a copy but may be I just think I have one each time...

Connie Ramos - what is her first name? The text I'm editing has Conseula, but I suspect it's Consuelo. A secondary source agrees, but if anyone can see it...
faustus: (Default)
( Oct. 31st, 2008 09:17 pm)
I think copy editors should be forced to swear an Hypocritic Oaf: "First do no harm."


Just saying.
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