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another broken bottle and the damage done

Progress notes for 27 November 2005:


New Words: 1637
Total Words: 2,601
Pages: 13
Reason for stopping: lunch, and I'm not sure how the conversation goes.
Mammalian Assistance: Marlowe came to steal my breakfast, and Paladin WANTS something.
Stimulants: bengal spice tea, leftover turkey and gravy on a leftover biscuit.
Exercise: Gothercise, 30 minutes.
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: Caetei, Pacu, Arowana, Loach, Hippolytae, Gourami, Plecostomus, Flowerhorn, Goby,
Words I'm surprised Word do know: epicanthic
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Mean things: beat up the frog boygirl
Books in Progress: Manda Scott, Dreaming the Eagle; The Adams-Jefferson Letters;
Books read: Park Honan, Christopher Marlowe: Poet & Spy; Peter Ackroyd, Shakespeare: The Biography; J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (who were, I might add, Sir Largely Not Appearing In This Novel, but I did make it all the way through the whole book on the second try--it's less frustrating to read the middle once you know how it ends); J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Ben Jonson, Sejanus; Ladislas Farago, The Game of The Foxes;

Spam name du jour: Summarizing M. Waller
Other writing-related work: n/a
Interesting tidbits: Thank you, Ron Charles, for this paragraph:

It's galling that some authors, such as, say, Anita Shreve, must constantly defend themselves from the pejorative "romance" label no matter how well they write, while romantic fluff like this can pass itself off as "literary fiction." It's the same in the kitchen, of course: Women just cook, but men are chefs.


Mmm Bengal Spice tea...

I am handing the Ron Charles quote to my current female protagonist. She will throw her fists in the air, say "Yes, galling, thank you!" and then thrust it in my male protagonist's face, declaring, "See? I am a chef, you twit!"
Wow. People say Anita Shreve writes romance???? Are they reading the same books I'm reading?

Never mind, I know the answer. Sadly.

Oh, that is a heartwarming paragraph, and it's nice to see my old hometown paper can still write book reviews.

I found "Order of the Phoenix" heavy going as well, and made me regret having broken my vow to not start reading any series whose final book has not yet been printed. (I *have* to read to the end, no matter how dreadful the thing is, you see; it has to be a shockingly bad book to make me stop mid-read and never pick it up again.)
Thank you for the quote and the link; seeing how I enjoy Anita Shreve's work very much, that was an interesting comment. Just out of interest, have you read anything by Shreve?

I see you're reading Manda Scott. One of my students has just recommended her books to me, but I'm in two minds. How are you finding the first of her Boudica books?

How are you finding the first of her Boudica books?

I generally try not to get into in-depth discussions of other writers' work online, unless I can muster uncritical approval or I want to talk about a specific structure or technique, although I do suffer occasional lapses. *g*
Fiction writers, I should say. Nonfiction is fair game.
ROFL ... Okay :)
I guess the Word dictionary builders aren't aquarium keepers!
For us the word Word didn't know was farrier.

Go figure.