Exciting News

As you may well have guessed from the Monday post, a website is in the works! I considered beginning this post with the words “I am delighted to announce,” but that didn’t seem quite fair, given that there isn’t yet a website to point you to.

Well, actually, there is, but it is under lock and key, because it isn’t finished yet.

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But what can you look forward to seeing once it is finished?

There’ll be all the good stuff from this site, of course: the blog (including the archives), information about me and the WIPs; license information; a search function…

But wait… there’s more. (Or will be, anyway.)

There’ll be information about Restoration Day as Release Day draws closer; there’ll be a place to sign up for updates should you wish; there’ll be a contact form for anything you might like to say without announcing it to the whole world. There’ll be a WIP-widget, and more.

stage-1015653_640What else? Well, since you are the ones who will likely visit it most, what would you like to see there? Alas, the limitations of modern technology prevent me offering you tea and cake, but do please make any other suggestions that come to mind.

Also feel free to make anti-suggestions. Music that plays automatically? Never! Menus that no one can find? Down with them! Zany colour schemes that give you a migraine? Under no circumstances!

The blog will be going into hibernation for a week or so while I get everything moved across and set up at the other end, and then it will be my delight to invite you all round for a good nosy.

In the meantime, the suggestion box is open!

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Gargoyle Chip Report XII

Chip, chip, chip.

I’ve finished off one leaf section, done a section of stem, and started a second leaf section. That leaves the rest of the second leaf section, a third leaf section, a flower section and a couple of stem sections. And then I can move on to the next step!!!!!

Men with ladders and stone cutting tools quarrying large rock, Bismarck, Washington, ca 1905 (BAR 207)
This is a big gargoyle.

But I am making progress, and it’s medicinal progress. Strong, purgative medicine, which is ensuring by a long course of treatment that I never do anything so foolish again. (One day I shall tell you the history of how this gargoyle came to be. Bring popcorn.)

Curtain lining: no progress (although I probably should do them before summer, in case of more than three days’ sun).

Proofreading Fun

Are you ready for some good clean proofreading-related fun? I thought as much.
Here are three challenges for you to whet your wits upon. Put your answer in the comments, and I’ll release the correct answers in due course.

Disclaimer: one part of one of these challenges (and no, I’m not telling you which) is something of a trick question. One of the other challenges may not even have a correct answer, but may result in injury, maiming or death. You can’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Challenge One: match the characters to the names.
1 guillemet
2 interrobang
3 obelus
4 pilcrow
5 asterism
6 solidus
7 hedera
8 octothorpe

A ÷   B ⁂   C #   D «   E ‽   F ¶   G /   H ❧

Challenge Two: where would you hyphenate the following words?
buried
canopy
guardians
minute (tick tick, not tiny)
sautéed
startling
strength
wheedling

Battle between the imperial and the revolutionary army Wellcome L0040011
Challenge Three: are you for or against the Oxford comma? «barricades self under desk and refuses to come out»