August 28th, 2005

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Sitting vigil. Reaping the whirlwind. And so forth.

sartorias on her family's reaction to television coverage of Katrina:  And everybody looks at the TV and leans left.

I am not eager to be right about this.

Especially since the next book I was thinking of writing would take place in that setting. And on strictly selfish level, I'm pretty sure I couldn't stomach writing it under those circumstances.

And this thing is a freight train the size of Florida.

(For those of you not in North America who have somehow missed this, the sixth strongest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history is bearing down on New Orleans, which is below sea level, protected by levees that will not withstand this storm, and not particularly evacuable, though they're trying. She's expected to worsen before she makes landfall Monday morning. Making Light has a roundup and speculation here: Not your usual weather disaster.)

If you're a praying type, it wouldn't hurt.
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bear by san

I'm a brown fox. I'm a town fox. And I'll teach you a lesson or two.

Progress notes for 28 August 2005:


New Words: 1713
Total Words: 59,474 / 70,750
Pages: 283 (approximately 147 pages to go, in other words, and more than two thirds of the book are written. And it's just hit the everything-goes-to-hell stage.)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
70,750 / 110,000
Reason for stopping: end of chapter
Mammalian Assistance:  none
Stimulants: black tea and a Brussels ale
Exercise: none
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: like pearls seeded in oysters, great treasons from small irritations grow.
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945;  Louise Welsh, Tamburlaine Must Die; Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels;
Books read: Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Pashazade;
Mean things: Somebody committed a major social faux pas
Other writing-related work: Just about to go start kicking Blood & Iron again. ~250 pages to go.
Interesting tidbits: n/a
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Find out where to give blood here.

If you are in the US, and the Red Cross does not serve your area, you can find a donation site here.

To read Red Cross disaster news and make relief donations, here.

902 millibars, winds of 184 mph. Still strengthening. According to Weather Underground (, it's expected to make landfall an hour before high tide, and if I'm understanding all this information properly, there's a "loop" of warm water (~90 degrees F) in the central Gulf that's strengthening the storm.
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