it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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Progress notes for 23 August 2005:


New Words: 1,612
Total Words: 52,474 / 62,750
Notecards destroyed: 1
Pages: 251

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62,750 / 110,000
Reason for stopping: work
Mammalian Assistance:  I think my author photo should be a shot of me from the back with my feet on the desk, keyboard in lap, and Marlowe draped over my shoulder. It's how most things get written around here.
Stimulants: tea, various
Exercise: none
Mail: a few more editorial comments on B&I, though Liz seemed pretty happy with what I managed on the last pass.
Today's words Word don't know: sulfury, unrepatriated  
Words I'm surprised Word do know: kasha
Tyop du jour: slickering glance
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945;  Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Pashazade
Books read: David Riggs, The World of Christopher Marlowe. I admire his willingness to present evidence in the final chapters rather than trying to spin it to any conclusion about who killed Kit or why. I'm not so sanguine about his presenting his deductions and speculations as facts. He gets points for the exhaustive rundown of scraps of commentary about Kit by his contemporaries, though, and his general picture of Elizabethan political and social life is one of the best one-book overviews I've seen. And he doesn't fall into the sodomy trap. God love him. He does sort of skirt the edge of the atheism trap, though--after describing it and defining it, which amused me. (Elizabethan definitions of the words "sodomy" and "atheism" differ a bit from ours.) Once I became accustomed to the style--and the bombast tapers off after the first few couple of chapters--I really enjoyed this book, and found it very useful. I'll now order his Jonson biography, as soon as I can track down a reasonably priced copy. (It's OOP)
Mean things: this time, it wasn't a dinner party; it wasa formal breakfast. A diplomat's lot is not a happy one.
Other writing-related work:  there's a Sekrit Projekt underway elsewhere on lj. You can probably find it if you look hard enough; it's not particularly well-hidden. Also, formatted and posted another cut scene from W&W at elizabethbear last night. And did one crit on the Orkshop today, as part of an informal under-reviewed sub cleanup. AND went over the edits for my next article for RE.
Interesting tidbits:  n/a

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