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writing literature vonnegut asshole

Progress notes for 29 March 2008

Chill:

New words: 1444
Microsoft wordcount: 48094
Manuscript wordcount: 57000 
Deadline: May 1
Mammalian assistance: Mostly, I was neglected 
Reason for stopping: There's nine hours of work in that six pages. It seems like a lot of effort for very little return. They're a pretty awful six pages, too, which makes me unhappy.

Also, the space bar on my damned laptop is dying. Replacement gets closer and closer.





Darling du jour: I hate every word.
Jury-rigging: Well, I figured out what Jsutien's job was. That's nice to know on page 220. Something else to fix in the next draft. Thank God writing is not a performance art.
There's always one more quirk in the character:  None of these people have personalities. Something else I hope they grow by the next draft.

Today's words Word don't know:  astrogrator, astrogation, tzaraath,
Mean Things: Parental angst
Other writing-related work: Some SU stuff. I seriously need to get some deadlines pushed back here; I'm going to have a Serious Malady of some sort otherwise. Or possible just lose my ability to communicate. Or write. Or write anything but hackwork.

Exercise: crunches, "ran" two miles. (When we say "ran," we mean "waddled.")
Miles to Lothlorien: 248.7
Guitar practice: I was low-blood-sugary, but I did practice somewhat. Poorly, because I was hungry and clumsy. God, was I clumsy today.

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My list of things to fix in the next draft of this THING (it has to be in all caps, apparently) gets longer and longer - and I frankly am hating most of what I'm writing. I couldn't bring myself to use "Darling du Jour" in my little writing progress updates because there are none. I called it "Sample" instead - and I'm still having trouble posting anything that I think is decent.

I just keep up my mantra ("I'll fix it later") and slog forward because I know if I start trying to fix now, I'm doomed.
I love your list of "Today's words Word don't know". Half the time, I haven't heard of at least one of the words myself. I've learned a lot of neat stuff looking them up.
Don't worry Bear! I'm sure once you get through a few drafts, you'll do your usual excellent job! ^_^
You can do eet!!
An 'astrogrator', of course, being a device for producing grated stars. Those, I suppose, being useful in some of the more arcane dishes whipped up in the farther reaches of the galaxy.
You know about John "The Penguin" Bingham, right? With the whole "waddled" rather than ran thing... :)
nope?
Well, the waddle reminded me because he describes his style of running as a bit of a waddle...mostly in that if I remember correctly he wrote about how at one time envisioned himself as this thing agile runner-body runner and then caught a glimpse of himself in a store front window and realized that no... he was a waddler and thus "the Penguin" nickname was born. I kinda like him because he wrote Marathoning for Mortals and strikes me as one of those people who runs more for the sheer joy of running than for any other goals and is mostly sharing that love. :)