Evelyn Chartres Author

The End of the Twelfth Cycle

Even Things That Go Bump in the Night Need a Place to Unwind

I have completed my twelfth review of the Grand. This review resulted in a 40% decrease in corrections when compared to the eleventh cycle. Siamese Dreams had the most substantial drop of 64%, while Penny Dreadful had a 25% increase. Overall, there were 91 corrections which averages 6 changes per chapter.

About 94% of the chapters saw a drop in changes during this cycle. This is the first cycle where the amount of changes are less than one per percent and the Mad Hatter’s Mirror averaged of 1,423 words between corrections.

Here is a summary for this cycle:

  • There was a 40% drop in corrections when compared to revision eleven;
  • 91 modifications for the entire work, the first time changes are less than one per percent;
  • 6 modifications per chapter;
  • Siamese Dreams had the most substantial drop at 64%;
  • Penny Dreadful increased by 25%; and
  • The Mad Hatter’s Mirror averaged 1,423 words between corrections.

These revision took far less time than revisions prior to seven and for the following reasons:

  • It takes far less time to run through the material;
  • There are far fewer errors to find with an average of 819 words between corrections. This improves on the 520 words per change seen in revision eleven; and
  • Changes implemented are minor in scope.

I expect to keep pushing through these revisions until the total amount of corrections drop well below 50 for the manuscript. Since there was no change from the previous revision, I expect there are 2 revisions left.

Wealthy Older People are More Likely to Pirate Ebooks

The general perception about pirating is done by younger people. The idea being is that they do not have the means to afford the content. This population group tends to be more attuned to technology and has more time to go through the trouble of pirating it.

A recent study with results shown on torrentfreak.com seems to break that wide open:

  • 47% of those who pirate eBooks are within the 30-44 year old bracket;
  • 70% have post secondary; and
  • 65% make over 60,000$ a year.

In other words, people who are most likely capable of paying for an eBook are those who pirate it.

Now they also state that roughly 25% of pirating is essentially swapping books with friends. This could be a carry over from the print world, were friends/family would often swap books instead of each buying their own copy.

While this article does not talk about, the age bracket may have something to do with people getting older. In the 2000s a lot of people were pirating games, music and other content because they could not afford it. Now they are older and have enough money to afford buying the content, however the habit is ingrained. Its seen as a norm with no ethical or moral ramifications attached to it.

Sucre à la Crème

Sugar Fudge

Sugar fudge is a sugary dessert which can be tricky to master. Recipes online offer various methods, including the use of thermometers or precise timings.

This recipe covers the method my mother uses to make this dish a reality.  She occasionally checks to see if the fudge is ready before she pours it onto the plate.  This is likely the traditional way of making this recipe come to life!

Ingredients

1 cup (235 ml) of whipping cream

1½ cups of (355 ml) of brown sugar

1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter

Preparation

Grease a dinner plate.

Add cream, sugar and butter into a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Stir constantly until mixture begins to boil over.

Reduce heat as necessary to maintain boiling level without it boiling over.  Over time, the mixture will begin to thicken and reduce in size.  Keep stirring from time to time.

To confirm that fudge is ready, dab a bit on a plate while saucepan is removed from heat.  Use a spoon and stir vigorously, if ready fudge will thicken and then harden.  If this does not occur, return saucepan to heating element continue reducing mixture.

When mixture is ready, remove from heat and stir frequently with a spoon until it starts to harden.  When nearly ready, pour onto the plate and allow to cool.

Refrigerate for about an hour, then cut it into bite sized pieces.

The End of the Eleventh Cycle

Even Things That Go Bump in the Night Need a Place to Unwind

I have completed my eleventh review of the Grand. This review resulted in a 13% decrease in corrections when compared to the tenth cycle. One Small Step had the most substantial drop of 40%, while Journey Through the River of Belief had a 29% increase. Overall, there were 151 corrections and gives us an average of 9 changes per chapter.

About 56% of the chapters saw a drop in changes during this cycle.  Penny Dreadful is the first chapter to have an average of 1,073 words between corrections.

Here is a summary of the cycle:

  • There was a 13% drop in corrections when compared to revision ten;
  • 151 modifications for the entire work;
  • 9 modifications per chapter;
  • One Small Step had the most substantial drop at 40%; and
  • Journey Through the River of Belief had a 29% increase in changes.

These revision took far less time than revisions prior to seven and for the following reasons:

  • It takes far less time to run through the material;
  • There are far fewer errors to find with an average of 520 words between corrections. This improves on the 432 words per change seen in revision nine; and
  • Changes implemented are minor in scope.

I expect to keep pushing through these revisions until the total amount of corrections drop well below 25 for the manuscript. Since there was no change from the previous revision, I expect there are 1 to 3 revisions left.

The End of the Tenth Cycle

Even Things That Go Bump in the Night Need a Place to Unwind

I have completed my tenth review of the Grand. This review resulted in a 17% decrease in corrections when compared to the ninth cycle. Penny Dreadful had the most substantial drop of 46%, while the Man and the Sea doubled. Overall, there were 173 corrections and gives us an average of 11 changes per chapter.

About 63% of the chapters saw a drop in changes during this cycle. This revision cycle is the first to fall below 200 corrections overall.

Here is a summary of the cycle:

  • There was a 17% drop in corrections when compared to revisions eight and nine;
  • 173 modifications for the entire work;
  • 11 modifications per chapter;
  • Penny Dreadful had the most substantial drop at 46%; and
  • The Man and the Sea had a 200% increase in changes.

These revision took far less time than revisions prior to seven and for the following reasons:

  • It takes far less time to run through the material;
  • There are far fewer errors to find with an average of 432 words between corrections. This improves on the 424 words per change seen in revision nine; and
  • Changes implemented are minor in scope.

I expect to keep pushing through these revisions until the total amount of corrections drop well below 25 for the manuscript. Since there was no change from the previous revision, I expect there are 1 to 3 revisions left.