November 18th, 2003

bear by san

Well, it fits better than pig....

3. Tiger.
Powerful, freedom-loving, restless, passionate,
magnetic, courageous, seductive, and sensitive.
You might have mood swings a lot and be kind of
intense. You're probably a natural leader and
quite ambitious. You can be: too sensitive,
impulsive, and bossy.

What's your TRUE Chinese astrological sign?
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As I'm sure you know, Massachussetts courts have stated that same-sex marriage is constitutional in the Commonwealth. Go New England: your prodigal daughter loves you still.


If you write, go read an Ideomancer editor's opinion on why you should make sure your research is spotless before you send a story out.

I concur.

I'm the dog geek, by the way. My mother raises and shows Briards, and I can geek everything from coat color genetics, temperament and conformation to dog evolution and pack dynamics. If you send me a story with a wolf in it, it had bloody well better act like a wolf; that's all I'm saying.

It's not so much "Write what you know," as "Know what you write," I think.


quinnclub wanted an explanation of "cat-waxing." I buh-lieve it's actually originally cpolk's term: essentially, cat waxing (or 'waxing the cat') refers to those writerly activities that may or may not look productive, but amount to procrastination.

This can include such delightful pass times as waxing your car, your legs, your floor or your cat, reading fanfiction on the internet, websurfing for movie reviews, reorganizing your desk, and so on.

Actually activities that contribute to writerly production or development (betareading for friends, research, staring blankly at the monitor while the hamster runs on the wheel) are not cat-waxing. That's 'writing,' although it's not 'wordcount.' 'Wordcount' is what goes on the page and into the spreadsheet at the end of the day.


Saw two very nice smoky Leonids out in the desert last night, and a wiggly hovery jiggly red flickery dot that kept going away and coming back and going over the mountains and in general not acting very much like a helicopter. We have declared a flying saucer, because we live to close to Nellis Air Force base to admit that it was probably an experimental aircraft, given the provisions of the Patriot Act.

Slept about three hours.

Will be watching the expanded Two Towers tonight, and will probably get another three hours of sleep. It's a damned good thing I'm indestructible.

Which reminds me. Go here and answer truepenny's LotR question. It's a good one.

And enough waxed cats for me this morning: I need to kill some words by noon, because my afternoon and evening are shot.
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bear by san

Progresss Notes

Words: 834
Reason for stopping: Must fetch boy
Pages: 1148

Crawling forward, but forward we go. I was too tired to get the transition to work, so I just wrote (transition) on the center of a blank line and then hopped straight to the conflicty scene. Which is done. And now I have to deal with some romances and set up the punchline, and I'm edging towards completion.

834 words is not a great day, but considering how little sleep I actually got last night, and how much I have to do this afternoon and tonight, I'll take it. I wonder if I will actually get any words tomorrow, or if I'll be too tired?


So much novel. So little time.
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