A collection of essays and other non fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from his early years to the present day. Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series -- but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett's non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him. With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself -- man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orangutans and Dignity in Dying. Snuff was the bestselling adult hardcover novel of 2011. A Blink of the Screen, Terry's short fiction collection, was also one of the bestselling hardcovers of 2012.
In a preposterous, cataclysmic journey through the bleakness of the modern day depression era, Marten Cogg (a.k.a. the Reverend Marten Medley) goes from the pulpit to the ‘phews’. Along the way, he recruits the help of an unlikely cast of friends and disenfranchised misfits, with whom he invents a yarn while pulling wool over the eyes of his followers. In an all too existent landscape of dejection and desolation, Marten might just discover the purpose for his own life.
Why we all deserve a life worth living and a death worth dying for ‘Most men don’t fear death. They fear those things – the knife, the shipwreck, the illness, the bomb – which precede, by microseconds if you’re lucky, and many years if you’re not, the moment of death.’ When Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his fifties he was angry - not with death but with the disease that would take him there, and with the suffering disease can cause when we are not allowed to put an end to it. In this essay, broadcast to millions as the BBC Richard Dimblebly Lecture 2010 and previously only available as part of A Slip of the Keyboard, he argues for our right to choose - our right to a good life, and a good death too.
If you’re an experienced editor who wants to get up-to-speed on Premiere Pro, then look no further than this fast-paced but thorough introduction to Adobe’s flagship editing program. Enjoy the ride as three experienced editors take you step-by-step through the entire editing process in Premiere Pro, from file creation all the way through output. Along the way you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of (or “to do things such as”) file management, essential and intermediate editing techniques, color correction, audio mixing and repairing, titling and effects, and delivering your video onto tape, the web, and mobile devices. You’ll learn to work within the Adobe ecosystem as well, getting up to speed quickly on time saving tools such as Dynamic Link, Adobe Story, and more. As you work through sections, you’ll find references to engaging videos that accompany the book, giving you a visual and audio frame of reference and solidifying your knowledge of the program. Within a weekend, you’ll learn everything you need to know to use Premiere Pro confidently for your own projects. In this no-fluff guide to Premiere Pro, you’ll learn to • Quickly organize your existing Final Cut or Avid projects, or create new projects to use right away in Premiere Pro • Understand how to use Premiere Pro with other Adobe software • Edit your footage the way you like but with tips and techniques from authors with tons of experience in all the editing programs and who speak your language. • Put your skills to work immediately by using the accompanying lesson files to work through the steps in the book • Improve your knowledge through video tutorials, handy quick reference guides, and keyboard shortcut sheets made available on the book’s companion media. All of Peachpit's eBooks contain the same content as the print edition. You will find a link in the last few pages of your eBook that directs you to the media files. Helpful tips: If you are able to search the book, search for "Where are the lesson files?" ¿ Go to the very last page of the book and scroll backwards. You will need a web-enabled device or computer in order to access the media files that accompany this ebook. Entering the URL supplied into a computer with web access will allow you to get to the files. Depending on your device, it is possible that your display settings will cut off part of the URL. To make sure this is not the case, try reducing your font size and turning your device to a landscape view. This should cause the full URL to appear. Please note that some lesson and video files are very large due to their high quality. High-speed internet connections are recommended for best results in downloading these files.
In imagining history, one must inevitably rely on its textual representations, whether fictitious or supposedly “objective”, yet always subject to the constraints and conventions of textuality. Still, it is precisely by exploiting and consciously relying on the textual in the presentation of the past that contemporary authors, including politicians and makers of history, strive to provide it with current significance, emotional impact and universal meaning. The study of such attempts benefits from a variety of perspectives, encompassing not only classical, but also popular texts and media. An interdisciplinary collection of papers devoted to the issues of retelling, rewriting, and representation of the past in fiction and various text-types, this volume juxtaposes modern and post-modern understanding of collective versus personal history. The contributors are scholars specializing in literary studies (e.g. postcolonialism and popular fiction), linguistics (e.g. critical discourse analysis) and cultural studies (e.g. media studies), bringing a wide spectrum of theoretical insights into the field. The collection opens with papers on the general changes in viewing history that have occurred since the 19th century. Further papers discuss postcolonial, feminist and gender-related perspectives on history reflected in postmodern fiction, revealing the power struggle around the depiction of the past. The next part of the volume is devoted to the presentation of historical breakthroughs in political and media discourse. Finally, the collection draws attention to some unorthodox visions of history involving alternative worlds and fantastic elements encountered in the genre of speculative fiction.
Abandoned by her family, Tysan supports herself waiting tables. One evening, a beguiling, rugged young man walks out of a blizzard and into her life. He possesses the remarkable ability to take photographs of events that have not yet happened.
Published at a time when literacy and spelling are issues of topical concern, A Survey of English Spelling offers an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date account of this important but hitherto neglected area of the English language. The text brings together an extensive body of knowledge, both synthesized from diverse sources and original, unpublished research. The emphasis is on a functional exploration of the spelling regularities and markers that underpin literacy in English. There are four core sections: a critical survey of the methods and problems involved in describing the regularities of English spelling, including the influence of dialect and the classification of spelling errors; an analysis of speech-to-text correspondences, phoneme by phoneme; an analysis of text-to-speech correspondences as a set of rules; and a description of homographs and homophones, including affixes. Carney also gives a detailed account of the spelling conventions found in names and a description and critique of the main proposals for the reform of English spelling. A large database has been used throughout to provide a wealth of examples, statistics and analyses. A Survey of English Spelling will be an invaluable reference book for students, professionals, teachers and academics in all areas of English Language, Linguistics and Speech Pathology. The carefully signposted text and detailed contents listing will allow the reader pursuing a specialist interest to access specific information with ease.