The final proofing and editing of The Road for a Coward is done and it has been formatted for e-readers. I think it looks good. Now I have moved on to recording the story, which is always fun. I’m using a new microphone and no longer using the old recorder. In other words, almost a whole new setup. I was worried that I sound different with this new microphone, but I’m getting used to it. It doesn’t sound too bad. Happily, it also seems to be producing recordings that don’t need as much work afterwards. All in all, I’m pleased so far.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Governance, public services and free elections. Article 21 says that we all have the right to be involved in the governance of our country, we all have an equal right to the public services available and we all have the right to decide how and by whom our country will be governed.
I’ve completed the first pass at this novel. Now I’ll spend the rest of the month proofreading and editing it. It came in very close to the size I was aiming for and I found that to be a comfortable word count. Once I’ve got it polished, then I’ll create the ePub and make the recording. We reached this stage later than I hoped we might. I was hoping for a longer time to do the polishing and publishing, leaving me a nice rest period before starting the next one. Life happened, though, and here we are, doing it at full speed instead of at the nice relaxed pace I was looking forward to.
I saw this as I was watching the news. It was the little bit of text that sits at the bottom of the screen and tells you what the story is about. In this case it was about the number of wildfires burning in our jurisdiction as we entered summer and the heart of wildfire season.
I can understand why someone would like to use a plus sign to show that they’re talking about a number greater than the one shown. You pick a round number to show where you are, then use the plus sign to indicate that the real number is between the one shown and the next higher round number. It’s also useful when one doesn’t want to put in an exact number for whatever reason. The plus sign is handy when you don’t want to say “more than.” When you’re texting on your phone, who wants to type “more than” when they can simply hit the plus sign? From there it slipped into speech as well.
The reason this caught my eye is the redundancy. It is essentially saying, “More than more than 170.” Why would anyone say that?
What a relief. We had some nice rain and cooler temperatures. We’re looking at a stretch of mid-twenties and mostly sunny. We can stand the sunshine when it’s not burning everything to a crisp. Speaking of burning, some of the wildfires are getting re-classified as “held.” That’s a nice change from “out of control.” As you can see in the photo, the wildfire smoke has dissipated, Maybe now the people who have been fighting the fires non-stop will be able to get a break. When it’s like this, this is my favorite time of the year.