Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"yumour people, I'm using yumour"

It's taken me a week but I have finally finished checking through all my references in the conversion of the intext format I used in the thesis to the APA style required by the publisher. I don't want to offend anyone but that American Psychologist Association sure loves their punctuation. Anywhere they can put in a comma, a full stop, throw in some square brackets or colons they go for their life. I think less is more. They seem to think more is more. It was a useful exercise in patience and perserverance, if at times, quite tedious. So my next task is to sit down and read the manuscript from start to finish. I have finally graduated from calling it a thesis to calling it a manuscript. I sometimes think of it as a book but don't know if I'm quite up for that full time yet.

I have also drafted a short preface to go before the Introduction, as a way of hopefully easing the reader into the work, before I hit them between the eyes with all the theory and analysis (as my contribution to cures for insomnia). But I'm concerned that the tone of the preface and the tone of the rest of the work are too different. But then, I change my mind about that 10 times a day and decide that maybe that's good. Different tones, you know. Like my writing is beautiful music made up of various tones. Either that or it's the ugly sounding twelve tone music, that everyone thinks is clever but no=one wants to actually listen to.

Then, as President Obama instructed us, I pick myself up and dust myself off and remind myself that probably very few people will read it anyway so who cares. (Well, actually I'm not sure he said that last bit, it was a whole week ago so I've forgotten most of what he said). That's when I'm feeling all up and positive.

(Yumour, people, I'm using yumour. Cyncial and sarcastic type yumour, but hey, you take what you can get.)

One for the KandK fans!

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