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Rambling, mundane, one each.

There's something to be said for getting up early on weekends. It maximizes one's goofing off time. Look at me, for example: I've been goofing off for two and a half hours and the whole day is still ahead of me.

I like that.

I may edit at All the Windwracked Stars a little later today. If I do a chapter or so a day, I should have it more or less done by May 1st. I've been reading Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines and some media tie-in novels from 1965 or so. It's all good. I'm not fully recovered from my massive, three-and-a-half-month spate of intensive rewriting, and I need to get my head on straight and get my gusto back before I try to tackle Worldwired. Also, much more research reading to do, and I'm still waiting for certain plot elements to gel.

It's not so much that I have post-novel ennui, this time, as marathoner's exhaustion. I can't even figure out what happens next in my stalled pony express short story (mostly because I need to figure out the major plot twist, and it's not twisting), and yet the guilt gorilla demands a certain amountof payment. Thus the lackadaisical Stars rewrite. Although, overall, I really so can not be arsed to write anything right now, although I am poking halfheartedly at the Worldwired this-is-not-an-outline.

Why do I persist in trying to write characters who speak different dialects of English than I do? Especially ones I'm not completely comfortable with? And how the hell do you write Sydney-by-way-of-Oxford, anyway? *g* I need to spend less time on the net and more time in books, but at least my net time yesterday was productive--I read a complete novel online (bless the Baen Free Library and similar sites) and produced five critiques for the OWW.

I forgot to log my exercise Thursday night--6 mile walk, or a little shy. Nothing yesterday. Yoga or something today, I think.

Now I go read. Yay reading! Yay!

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There's something to be said for getting up early on weekends. It maximizes one's goofing off time. Look at me, for example: I've been goofing off for two and a half hours and the whole day is still ahead of me.

I like that.


I'm with you on that!

Well except I have to stop goofing off around 3, about two hours, to get ready for the show tonight.

Ray~

Hmmm... marathoners often take a nice hot tub to help with post race fatigue. Think that would help with rewrite fatigue?
Characters with different dialects of English, oh my.

I only do it for fanfic, but I work like hell getting that right myself.

There's an lj community called hp_britglish that might have someone willing to help on the Sydney-by-way-of-Oxford nuances. Even if it's for original fiction. They're really nice over there, even if the questions tend towards involved discussions of Marks & Spencers Y-fronts.
Is that uni Oxford or just the town?
Uni. *g*
Thihn, depending on your charecter's tihmp'rament, he or indeed she may've tried to lose their eccent or at least tone it dahun a bit.

(Very Bad Approximation of an Australian accent TM)

Actually, for Oxford graduates, it tends to depend what field they're going into. Certain fields such as Law tend to result in the cultivation of an Oxbridge accent.

Please excuse lack of coherence or sense. Head appears to believe it's the moon and is orbiting my body ;)
Well, it's more that accents tend to blur as one moves around. I've been dropping my g's since I spent a fair bit of time inNevada, for example.

I don't do dialect-in-writing, because it annoys the hell out of one's readers. But word choice and construction are very important.
True enough.

I'd imagine that - obviously depending on character - you're looking at dropping some of the more Australian expressions from the vocabulary.

Oh, and you're undermining my good intentions. I just saw a collection of five Amber novels for £9.99 and I've been trying to resist, but you just had to mention them in your booklist, didn't you? ;p