You know, we like to pretend we don't get other cultures, but really, it's willful ignorance.
Progress notes for 24 August 2005:
New Words: 2,014
Total Words: 54,488/ 65,000
Notecards destroyed: 3
Boy needs to unwind a little. Just. A little.
Reason for stopping: end of chapter, time to do some work on B&I and then the media mining
Mammalian Assistance: Paladin walked over and flopped down in front of the (not running) floor fan with a huge sigh. So I turned it on for him.
Stimulants: Tazo Wild Sweet Orange Tea. It is the stuff.
Incidentally, that usage (referring to something, through some linguistic circumlocution, as the thing or the thing itself) dates back at least to Tudor England, and I'm going to hazard a swag that it's probably a reference to the concept of the Platonic Ideal.
Exercise: 30 minutes Gothercise.
Mail: the manuscript of Blood & Iron as marked up by Liz is here. *rolls up sleeves* as suricattus says, busy is good.
Today's words Word don't know: superstrings, brane, thermocline, sourced
Tyop du jour: sinburn, a split segment judgement
Darling du jour: n/a. The only darlings in this book are snark. Whence the restrained prose style?
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
Mean things: Michelangelo cut his hand. Vincent, still suffering under a sunburn.
Other writing-related work: editing Blood & Iron. AGAIN.
Interesting tidbits: via Shaksper, a couple of (sensational) articles on Thomas and Audrey Walsingham, Christopher Marlowe, and James I/VI, pursuant to the forthcoming Christopher Marlowe: Poet and Spy.
Alas, not a new theory, as it's touted. It's the one Burgess used in A Dead Man In Deptford.