Ooo, I wrote a pretty sentence. That always makes me happy.
New words: 4160
Microsoft wordcount: 38,168
Manuscript wordcount: 44,750
Deadline: May 1
Mammalian assistance: the cat is picketing for something. And stealing my chair every time I get up.
Reason for stopping: Quota, scene, tired. Chapter 10 is done. Chapter 11 is happening.
Darling du jour: Overhead and alongside darted tiny jeweled birds with sewing-needle beaks, whirring like soft-spoken insects.
Tyop du jour: burst and rotten foot
Jury-rigging: I like the part where when I'm floundering through a draft, I just kind of write the scene I structurally know needs to be there, without any idea of the work it's meant to be doing. And then in the last two sentences I figure out what the work was supposed to be, so I go back and make a note at the beginning of the scene that goes, roughly, "Next draft make this scene do X."
Today's words Word don't know: boled, Cattleya, somebodies, puddling, monodimensional,
Words I'm Surprised Word Do Know: multifarious, materiel, lossage
Mean Things: beetles in your hair, hypervigilance
Other writing-related work: SU easter egg hunt stuff
Exercise: went for a walk
Miles to Lothlorien: 245.2
Guitar practice: Kind of desultory, but there was some last night. And some better practice today. I am really, really not very good at this.
Mail: Congrats to M. John Harrison and Minister Faust, Who are (respectively) the Dick Award laureate and Certificate of Merit recipients this year.
Congrats also to the BSFA award winners:
BEST NOVEL: "Brasyl" by ianmcdonald
BEST SHORT FICTION: "Lighting Out" by Ken MacLeod
BEST ARTWORK: "Cracked World" by Andy Bigwood
BSFA FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY AWARD: BEST NOVEL OF 1958: Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss.
The Internet is Full of Things: But who has time to go look for them?