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just give me a cool drink of water before i die

Progress notes for 18 May 2007

All the Windwracked Stars

New Words:  1,438
Total Words: 20,441
Words for the Year: 127,272
Deadline: November 1
Reason for stopping: quota, gym, dinner date

Fifth of a book! Which is more like a fourth of a book, because I'm on page 98.

That was FUN. I love writing Kasimir-POV. He is the best horsy.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
20,441 / 100,000
(20.4%)



Today's words Word don't know:  wyrds, chittered,
Darling du Jour: 

He would go and see this man, he decided. And because Kasimir lived in hope, he would hope that it was merely a wanderer, and not someone against whom he would have to take measures.

Mean Things: loneliness, rejection, not being able to help someone in grave need because your touch would cause them third-degree burns
Tyop du Jour: n/a

Miles to Rivendell: 245.4, but I'm just about to go hit the ski machine.

Comments

Bear-san,

How do you estimate your word count? I've heard betwen 90,000 to 100,000 for a regular sized novel. Is that right? I just wonder what justifies 100K over 90K.
In standard manuscript format, you get about 250 "words" to a page. But actual microsoft word word count is generally about 15% less, because Word counts actual words, not "words."

"Words" are a measure of column inches, more or less.

if you google around you can find formulas and discussions of why it's like that, and why you use a 250-word-page rather than a hard word count. The SFWA home page has a bunch of essays on manuscript format.

Although most online pubs now use real word count rather than manuscript.

This came from newspapers

""Words" are a measure of column inches, more or less.
if you google around you can find formulas and discussions of why it's like that, and why you use a 250-word-page rather than a hard word count. The SFWA home page has a bunch of essays on manuscript format."

Matociquala,
Some characters have a larger count, others have less.

In editing, smaller letters have a count on 1 ... others are 1.5, or 2; even up to 2.5 I think.

Re: This came from newspapers

*nod*

Newspapers and books are different. In writing for books, we use a fixed-width font, so the characters are all the same width.

This is what makes the 250-words-per-page rule of thumb work.
Tyop du Jour: n/a

I think it's right there, m'self. ;-)
You haven't been reading the blog long, have you? ;-)
No, only the last thirty months or so. I think that works out to approximately two hundred cat and monkey units.
*g* It's said "tyop" every single time I've posted that thing.
OK, now we know why I'm not a proofreader. It's the first one I recall seeing which has had the n/a, which may be why I missed it before.

My cat is now nuzzling my laptop and laughing at me.
"not being able to help someone in grave need because your touch would cause them third-degree burns"

i hate it when that happens
It is *hard* being an animate steam engine/angel.