it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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I've one foot on the platform. The other's on the train.

If more stories had random logging trucks, I think it would support an InfernoKrusher sensibility.

I wonder if I can get a logging truck into dust.

(This is funnier if you have seen The Horse Whisperer and City of Angels, both of which contain random assassination by logging truck)

Even better, we were talking in chat last night about the possibility of a real innovation in genre, a literary movement in which the story is never finished because the reader gets mown down by a logging truck....

Progress notes for 13 January 2007


New Words:  2,274
Total Words: 21,801 (26,500, manuscript count)
Words for the Year: 19,672
Pages: 106
Deadline: Sometime in June or July, I'm guessing
Reason for stopping: quota

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
21,801 / 110,000

Holy cow, would you look at that? A fifth of a book (really a quarter of a book, as I'm expecting a final page count between 400-450 pp) the 100 page mark, and 20K, all under the bridge.

Now that feels like progress, man.

Stimulants:  licorice spice tea
Exercise: gym yesterday. Today is laundry day. Given that the washing machine is down three flights, that's like exercise.
Songs mutilated: house of the rising sun, and a really bad version of a minuet
Mammalian assistance: she's rubbing her face on the laptop right now. this tells me the morning work session is done and it is time to feed the cat and shower.

ASIM #26 is available for (paid) PDF download here. (for a mere ~$3.00 US!)

It features an essay by me on why Vellum, Melusine, and The Lies of Locke Lamora are cool, and why it's silly this thing we do in genre where we pretend that good books are not necessarily standing on the shoulders of giants when any fule can see they are. It also has rather a lot of good fun fiction.

Review of two stories from Shadows Over Baker Street, one of them mine.

Today's words Word don't know:  crosslegged, kohled, capsaicin, unoffended, uncoded,
Words I'm surprised Word do know: salicylic
Darling du Jour: 

"Are  you a healer, Mallory?"

"No," Mallory said, and lifted a pair of cups. "I am a necromancer. Here, drink up." 

Mean Things: gender confusion
Tyop du Jour: "Engine and Rule righting, that could kill so many."
Jury-rigging: leahbobet talked me into doing a stunt-writing thing (writing one character entirely without resort to pronouns) that so far is working out much more fluidly than I had any right to expect. I think I may actually have gotten... pretty good at this writing thing somehow.

There's always one more quirk in the character: Mallory is nothing but quirks. And oh, I have the love in my heart. May need more personality, though.
Other writing-related work: critted a story for stillsostrange. now I have to Do A Thing for scalzi and then at 2 pm I am supposed to be interviewed and stuff.
Books in progress: Susan Perabo, Explaining Death To The Dog; Phyllis Ann Karr, The Arthurian Companion
The glamour!: today is laundry day. but first, it is Clean Bear time.

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