Things have been really really busy here. So my thesis is finally starting to shape up.Paul provided some great comments on the first three chapters, the others should be out by next week, then it’s just a matter of text editing. Last week and this week will be a week of firsts. Last Wednesday I played and sang a song in front of a bunch of people at my singing lesson’s presentation meeting. On Friday I played my first tennis match (friendly, but still). I also wore a tennis skirt for the first time (courtesy of Paul).

This weekend I will be in a dance show organised by my ballet school at theatre in Alphen aan de Rijn, so yeah, exciting times.

Yesterday I also said goodbye to Paul who was off to LA again after having been here for a week. The good thing about that is that it was the last time we had to say goodbye for such a long time as next time we’ll see each other he’ll come back with me to the Netherlands to stay 🙂 The bad thing is that we will be apart for another 6 weeks now…

But I still have enough stuff to do, so I’d better get on with it…

2 thoughts on “Quick Update

  1. Strunk & White?! Aw, no, say it ain’t so…

    Here are some guys who can tell you more eloquently than I why not (the word “odious” occurs).

    I bought Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace and found it excellent, but it’s expensive and a bit hard to track down, as well as having lots of editions with I think quite variable content. The Language Log guys are recommending Style: Toward Clarity and Grace instead (same author, somewhat more recent I think).

    The biggest problem with S&W is that the advice is either too general or too specific; on grammar it’s too specific (and sometimes just plain wrong, which gets Pullum all worked up), while on style it’s general enough that you can’t figure out how to apply it unless you don’t actually need it in the first place. Style talks a lot about how to revise, which is really really handy.

    • I know that there is a lot of controversy about S&W but some of the guidelines are quite handy (for instance on the usage of commas). Besides, it’s only a library book..but I’ll try to look for Style: Toward Clarity and Grace as well as soon I’m going to have to start revising my final draft 🙂

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