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spies mfu ispy he died _ hawleygriffen

back in the saddle again

Progress notes for 6 January 2007


New Words:  788
Total Words: 12,357
Words for the Year: 9,497
Pages: 63
Deadline: Sometime in June or July, I'm guessing
Reason for stopping: quota, end of scene

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
12,357 / 110,000

Stimulants:  ginger peach black tea sweetened with crystallized ginger chunks
Exercise: just going to gym as soon as I put some pants on. 
Songs mutilated: I did not practice yesterday. I am bad. Today I will practice.
Mammalian assistance: Clingy cat
Mail: Contracts returned for the Monkeybrain Books novella.

reviewy things, maybe with spoilers



Today's words Word don't know:  nanotech, hir, unblade, kinking, nano, polycarbonate, raingutters, anchore, holde, domaine, lensed, cratered, snaggled, beaky, worryface, sie, castelan, Tristen, Aefre, tched, Roger's, burled, Alasdair, Gunther, Barnhard, Avia, Benedick, Ardath, holocrystals, peridot, velveted, haloed, celadon, Cordelia, resurrectee, greeny, sceptre, Cymbeline, elbowy, conics, ahold, ungendered, rainbowed, elementals, nanotechnology, unrepairable, frontside, sunside, puddled, crepey, pillowed, imporous, uncleaned, autocannibalize, uncollapsed, autocannibalism, ye,
Mean Things: created artificial life. promptly enslaved it.
Tyop du Jour: n/a
Jury-rigging: Memo to me, remember to do the Star Destroyer Cut Scene establishing what the villain is up to.

There's always one more quirk in the character: Jacob is being all subtle and villainous. I am glad I gave him a POV.
Other writing-related work: must. crit. amanda's. story. I did look at some pages for Sarah, though. And I slushed last night. Fourteen stories. *cries.*
Books in progress: Liz Williams, Snake Agent; Phyllis Ann Karr, The Arthurian Companion
The Internet is full of Things: Korean pottery
The glamour!: yeah, I should take out the trash.


How can Word not know "autocannibalism"?

I learned the word from playing Zork

>eat me

Autocannibalism is not the answer.
How can Word not know nanotech, polycarbonate, raingutters, cratered, beaky, sceptre, ungendered, elementals, nanotechnology, unrepairable, puddled, or pillowed? All perfectly normal words.

On the other hand, I spell "castellan".
Snake Agent is one of my best random finds from WFC. I read it overnight, and early the next morning I snagged the sequel because I didn't want to wait for the TPB. (Have I read it? Well, no. But I have it.)
This is probably going to sound sophomoric, but... why use "unrepairable" when you could write "irreparable" and make Word happy?
Because I meant unrepairable.
Then I'm confused, what does "unrepairable" mean as opposed to "irreparable"? I'm not trying to troll here, I'm just confused.
It means that in the context of writing fiction, slight differences in connotation and sound make a huge difference in terms of character voice and narrative tone.


The console was unrepairable.

The console was irreparable.

That's two different characters talking, man.

"The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."

You're welcome!
Mean Things: created artificial life. promptly enslaved it.

Isn't that basically the backstory to Battlestar Galactica :-D
I think it's amazing that Word almost always marks possessive nouns as incorrect. Like 'Janie's'. I mean, really.
Indeed. On the other hand, I guess the size of the dictionary gets to be a problem....