|One of Richard Doyle’s initial letters for the Victorian magazine Punch|
I’m currently preparing my dratted diss (aka my PhD thesis) for publication. As always when a deadline is looming near, I’m full-blown panic-mode. But hey, this time there are reasons. Good reasons!
- I have to format the dratted thing in MS Word, which, as everybody knows, was never intended for professional book formatting. But when it comes to German academic publishing, we format our books in MS Word. Hooray!
- The final publication will include a fair number of pictures (35 at the last count). According to Plan A, all images would have been included in an appendix at the end of the book. But how reader-unfriendly is that? So I came up with Plan B: put all images into the text, at the appropriate places. Have you ever put high-definition images into a MS Word document? Let me tell you, it’s not pretty. Hence the panicking. Because scratch Plan B.
- Plan C: Buy the Student & Teacher edition of Adobe Creative Suite Design (which includes Photoshop and InDesign, among others). But which version should I buy? The German version or the English version??? (Later on, I’d like to use the programme for e-book creation. Therefore I’m thinking English version. But I’m just not sure. *sob*)
- I have to hand in seven special-PhD-thesis copies at uni (these have to include a German summary of the study and a CV) (I think). They are freaking me out, too.
- I want to (must) have finished everything by the end of next week.
In other words: Argh! Argh! Argh!