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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Oh, the iron will, and the iron hand

Progress notes for 5 July 2006:


New Words:  1,866
Total Words: 78,035 / 91,000
Pages: 364
Deadline: August 1
Words per day to meet deadline: 333
Scenes left / scenes myrtilized (notecards, if I were using notecards this book): 15/3
Reason for stopping: end of scene, bedtime, want to finish Holly's book.

Stimulants: water, hefeweissen
Exercise: gym: core, upper body, ski machine
Mail: many many reviews
Today's words Word don't know: unmoored, defanged, nonfatally
Words I'm surprised Word do know: gimbals

Mean Things: Shot a bunch of people.
Tyop du jour: Elboys
Darling du jour:  He could have been a paper airplane, flying from hand to hand. All that mattered was the information written on his wings.
Jerry-rigging: Had to go back and patch up Cricket's plan to make it make a little more sense. Still not happy with my logic chains.
There's always one more quirk in the character: André apparently has a conscience.

Books in progress:
Martin Cruz Smith, Stallion Gate; Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice; Holly Black, Tithe
Things I'm glad I didn't go to my grave without:

Geoffrey K. Pullum takes us all to task for a particular type of narrative cleverness that he dubs "linguification" at Language Log. He doesn't think it's clever or funny or amusing.

In the same blog, Mark Liberman mocks him roundly.

Because god knows, the humor and pleasure derived from creating figures of speech must be tightly regulated so that the constructions are logical. And we all know that the light from logic takes a billion years to reach games of synechdoche. metaphor, and hyperbole.
Tags: progress notes, undertow

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