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Progress notes for 13 February 2006:

"Gretchen & Tamara Go Bowling"

New Words: 529
Total Words: 1351
Pages: 7

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1,351 / 7,500

the theme of this story appears to be: "even voracious alien monsters from out of space and time can't go home again."

Reason for stopping: it is time to think again
Mammalian Assistance: none
Stimulants: mint tea and half a grapefruit
Exercise: none yet
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know:  n/a
Tyop du jour: patted her on the hunches. men sat at the bar nursing bears.
Darling du jour: Tamara made sure to keep her teeth covered when she smiled.
Books in progress: Ken MacLeod, Newton's Wake (#18)
Books read: Alastair Reynolds, Century Rain.
Interesting tidbit of the day: Matthew Cheney talks about writing dialogue.; riba_rambles links a project to produce an edition of the letters of William Herle, Elizabethan intelligencer.
Other writing-related work: two short story critiques

Metaphors And Sex Scenes Don't Mix.


It's for your own good.

[19:28] matociquala: I am really just writing this story so I can write the scene in my head where Tamara scrapes her nails across a bar of soap before killing somebody, so they will stay clean.
[19:29] stillsostrange: heee
[19:29] allochthon: eeee!
[19:29] sosostris: hygiene is important
[19:30] matociquala: It is.
[19:30] matociquala: And crusted blood is hard to get out from under your nails
[19:30] stillsostrange: it is
[19:30] allochthon: wire brush!
[19:30] stillsostrange: oww
[19:30] matociquala: Lava soap


men sat at the bar nursing bears?!!

That's even worse considering it's coming from you! :)
I'm glad you're working again. These daily progress notes inspire me quite a bit. So, thanks!
Getting the dried blood out calls for soaking the hands, which is time-consuming, and also one of the reasons it's a good plan to wearing rubber/plastic gloves when helping with the deer butchering. Or whatever casues the blood under the nails problem.
Oh, that is so cool, the whole soap bit. I wish I'd thought of it! :D

BTW, at the severe risk of being a rookie asking a veteran for advice, how do you avoid cliches in your writing? Do you spend a lot of time thinking about a different way to say things, or what?

Um, since I also have no idea how this whole "asking writers for advice on the Internet" bit works, please let me know if I'm crossing a line, here.

First, you learn to recognize them. Then, you go after them with a hatchet.

The unfortunate rule for asking writers for advice on the internet is that, for general questions, the answer is almost always what you think it will be, and it's never an easy fix. ;-)
Fair enough. ::gets out the hatchet:: This is gonna be fun. >_<

That's the spirit!
I think nursing bears would be a great way to pick up chicks!


Well, it's an image that made me go 'aw,' anyhow.

You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been.

The Dispossessed
Newton's Wake, eh? Would love to hear your thoughts when you're done.

I'm a little weirded out by the soap thing though because I've actually done that before. And I have to ask, wouldn't gloves be easier?