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oh, there's sober men a-plenty, and drunkards barely twenty....

Progress notes for 21 January 2007


New Words:  1,892
Total Words: 34,726
Words for the Year: 36,222 (41,000, manuscript.)
Pages: 167
Deadline: Sometime in June or July, I'm guessing
Reason for stopping: quota

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
41,000 / 110,000

Stimulants:  coffee, camillo tea
Exercise: gym yesterday, with pull ups, dips, and core work. Also some yoga, and 3.6 miles of internal road work, between the elliptical trainer and the treadmill. I am at 18.1 miles, just leaving the campsite to begin the second day's walk.
Songs mutilated: In addition to brutalizing Bouree, I also mangled Go Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Mammalian assistance: Mebd has stolen my chair again
Mail: nomail

Today's words Word don't know:  spinachy, underthings, chiffonade, rehydrated, backsplash,
Words I'm surprised Word do know: depilatory
Darling du Jour: That night, they camped in a kitchen with a stove, and they had hot soup for dinner.
Mean Things: They got hot food and hot showers. I am a just and merciful Author, and if they're going to complain about a few mouse droppings in the coffee grounds, they don't know how good they've got it.
Tyop du Jour: gilty glance
Jury-rigging: funny thing that keeps happening in this book. I'll write a scene, and then as I finish I will get an important sentence near the middle or the *end* of the next scene, and spend the whole next scene writing towards it. Today's sentence to write towards was: Do you think we're being maneuvered into finding things?

There's always one more quirk in the character: Tristen can cook.
Books in progress: Phyllis Ann Karr, The Arthurian Companion; Gustav Davidson, A Dictionary of Angels including the fallen angels; J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring; Carol Emshwiler, The Mount
The Internet is full of Things: Nancy Wake, the White Mouse 
The glamour!: I took out the garbage. Go me.

I should head over to the gym now, but this sunbeam is so warm....


Thanks for noting that Internet link to the Nancy Wake story about her life in the French Resistance.

Apart from the bare facts of what she did (and speaking of the Eowyn Challenge, what about that 500 km journey by bicycle in just 71 hours?!) I found one of the most striking points to be the fact, pointed out by the article's author, that the video documentary about her life felt it had to add those faked-up "womanly" bits by making her cook eggs-and-bacon for the men in her Resistance group and giving her a love affair that never happened.

I wonder how often, over the years since the invention of the moving picture, men and women have had their views of the true capabilities of women for sheer guts and bravery and leadership warped by just such little "feminizing" details in the way their stories were presented to the world? (I'm not expressing this very well)

Anyway, thanks for pointing me to a fascinating bit of history and the story of a remarkable female human being.

The myth of what women are consumes the reality, again and again.
I am positive Medb would say you have the annoying habit of sitting in her chair.

Two distractions for you

First, I saw this slashy fanvid and thought of you, since it's got several of your fandoms.

Second, have you seen the movie Stranger than Fiction starring Emma Thompson and Will Ferrell? Man discovers he's a character in somebody else's novel -- and that he's destined to die in the book. Thought provoking little story (and it's simply unfair how good-looking the Gyllenhaal siblings are, though at least they have the good sense to share that attractiveness with all by taking Hollywood careers) but made me wonder what you'd do under the circumstances.
It had a relatively limited release and we saw it second run, but if you have the chance to catch it, I highly recommend.

Re: Two distractions for you

Yep. I totally fail to see the appeal of that vid. *g*
oh, there's sober men a-plenty, and drunkards barely twenty....

There are men way over ninety who have never yet kissed a girl!