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writing dust bible 'house of dust"

the lights go down and it's just you up there, getting them to feel like that

Progress notes for 26 March 2008

Logging yesterday's wordcount today! (I didn't get this done until about 1 am, what with one thing and another, and then I went to bed.)


New words: 2514
Microsoft wordcount: 45077
Manuscript wordcount: 53000 (Chapter breaks, how I love you for inflating the hell out of my apparent wordcount.)
Deadline: May 1
Mammalian assistance: The P.C. decided I wasn't being enough fun, and went to go get stoned about halfway through the afternoon. I had great fun watching her make out with her catnip-filled zucchini, or whatever that thing is supposed to be. She's lost all her glitterballs under things again, which is usually my cue to sweep, but right now, I am deathmarching. (And you should see the state of my sink. Uck. Gross.)
Reason for stopping: Quota, chapter, tired.

Darling du jour: ruptured bulkheads frozen in twisted alloy petals like balloons captured at the moment of bursting
Tyop du jour: I'm sure I'll find one when I revise
Jury-rigging: Oh, my god. Did I actually just write lit up with a startled smile? I'd cut my hands off in penance, but I need them to climb. Nevermind, highlight it and fix it later, press on, press on.
There's always one more quirk in the character:  Tristen requests that, in future, he be allowed to skip all scenes relating to dead children. I have informed him that he needs to check his contract, and also that he knew the job when he signed up.

They never believe you'll follow through.

Today's words Word don't know:  viewports, karst (but it offers to correct it to "karsts"), cofarming, rebraided, jowled, cowled (I laugh at the coincidence), neurochemicals,
Words I'm Surprised Word Do Know: metronomic, tilapia
Sustenance: Dirty rice from the freezer. Freezer food: the resource that makes possible a proper literary deathmarch. Well, that and cookies.
Mean Things: ghosts from the haunted past

Other writing-related work: none
Exercise: crunches. There was climbing, too, wherein I actually finished every route I tried, including two 5.7s (with a certain amount of flailing and dogging on the rope, but I think both climbs were reproducible, which is exciting, because so far my technique for anything harder than a 5.6 has been to flounder at it until I either get too tired, or, luck out and find some way up that I can never seem to find twice.) after which my forearms and triceps hurt so much I just did a 5.5 and two 5.6s on the slab. Also, I did some sun salutations to stretch out. Need to do more yoga. Maybe Saturday.

Good meatpuppet. Brave meatpuppet. You did good.

(Please note, use of "meatpuppet" here is highly ironic. I am all too aware of the fact that the body knows all sorts of stuff it doesn't tell the brain, and that the entire brain has all kinds of information it never tells the neocortex, and that the neocortex itself does tons of work it doesn't bother telling that little patch of the left brain that calls itself I and puts on airs. It's a little bit like the Reagan administration: we just give the big guy plausible deniability by never letting him find out anything that might disturb his afternoon nap and jelly bean snack.)

Miles to Lothlorien: 245.2
Guitar practice: In addition to "Yellow Submarine," I am learning "Breakdown." Which of course is in A minor, because it seems that if I like a song, it will inevitably be in A minor. I know more songs in A minor than anybody needs. But it is also the key that best suits my (limited, untrained, breathy-chick) voice.
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Describing the working of the brain as "a little bit like the Reagan administration".

You just made my day. 'Scuse me while I pick myself up - I'm currently trying to type while rolling about, laughing.
Would you explain the difference between the MS Wordcount and the manuscript wordcount? I'm completely confused!
Try googling "manuscript word count." It should tell you how it's calculated.

Edited at 2008-03-27 12:40 pm (UTC)
You know, this is one of the times when that never would have occurred to me to try (the websearching). I thought it was some super secret trick you were doing. :)
Holy rulers and 6-letter words!

Pick a standard-looking page from the middle of the manuscript. Using a ruler, align it along the right edge of the text so that the ends of half the lines stick out and half are covered. Since most standard format pages contain 24 or 25 lines, you should have 12 or 13 sticking out beyond the ruler. Count characters backwards from the point where the ruler ends. Divide the total by 6. Multiply by lines on the page. (Example: 60 characters divided by 6 equals 10 words per line. Multiplied by 25 lines equals 250 words per page.) Then multiply by pages in the manuscript -- adjusting for blank areas, like the half page missing on the first page. This will give you an accurate word count equivalent to what an editor will use.

I can't stand to type in Courier (I think it's the most hideous-looking font I've ever laid eyes on). Now I feel bad for insulting Courier. But I'm going to have to try this on my own document this weekend - after I make a quick switch to Courier AND double-space (I'm single-spacing at the moment to make it easier for me to quickly glance back over things if need be).

Thanks! I've learned something new today - and that alone makes it a worthwhile day.
I do the two spaces, too, though sometimes I've noticed I skip and will do one space for a sentence for no apparent reason whatsoever - which is actually worse because "Hello, consistency!"

But then, I've always been weird.
See, that's interesting; I'm under the impression that the two-spaces thing is really falling by the wayside. Even my English-teacher best friend says it's no longer considered the standard.

(But it's what I was taught, by god. Along with a closing period after an ellipsis that ends a sentence, and either no spaces around an ellipsis, or one on each side. I'm being told otherwise for a proofing job and it drives me batty.)
The UC Style Manual says to put spaces between periods in ellipses. My memory was that the fourth dot was specifically if you were skipping more than a sentence, but I could be misremembering on that.

The Reagen Administration

My meatpuppet just spewed coffee all over the screen.
Tristen made a mistake being one of your characters if he isn't a sado-masochist...;P
I bet my sink is worse. I am going to tell myself it is a writer thing. In fact, I've already been doing so, but now I'm going to point to you as corroborating evidence.