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We who grew up tall and proud, in the shadow of the mushroom cloud....

Progress notes for 24 October 2006:


New Words:  1631
Total Words: 3158
Pages: 15
Deadline: Dec 31
Reason for stopping: End of scene, quota

Stimulants:  rosemary bread, coffee, lemon seltzer
Exercise: walked downtown and back, with groceries
Mammalian assistance: I just stepped on my cat. We're both fine, but it gave us both a nasty nasty start.
Mail: nomail

Today's words Word don't know: noil, insinuatory, rowhouse, thaumaturgic
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a

Mean Things: some poor boy slashed to death in his bath
Tyop du Jour: n/a
Darling du jour: "No flies on you," Jack said, affecting a peculiarly horrible accent he perhaps imagined to be American.
Jury-rigging: patched a hole in the middle and wrote a transition. Those fifteen pages are now more or less contiguous. Flaccid, perhaps, but continguous.

My sense of pacing seems to have deserted me entirely. I can't tell if this is moving at all.

There's always one more quirk in the character: Jack cannot do accents.
Other writing-related work: n/a
Books in progress: Still reading the Chabon
The Internet is full of Things: They're on the other computer. Gimme minnit.

Old and new Boston

Beacon Hill

Remnant gaslamps of Jamaica Plain

The glamour!: The thrilling realization that my downstairs neighbor cranks his heat up so high that I may never need to turn mine on is ameliorated by the fact that H&HW are included in my rent.


For more on Boston's literal growth, check out Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston and/or Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land, both by Nancy Seasholes and published by MIT Press[1].

[1] Which, for the record, has a very enjoyable bookstore in Kendall Square. This past weekend was another of their Loading Dock Sale events....
I didn't realize this until I ran across a copy of Walter Muir Whitehill's topographic history of Boston, but Beacon Hill used to be an actual, honest-to-goodness, 60-foot-tall hill. They cut it down in the 1820s or thereabout to fill in Mill Pond (they also used trash, this being Boston).

Other random cool Boston map: the Bonner map, from 1722. That site has some other cool Boston maps, too.
The "one if by land, two if by sea" bit we all remember?

The "by sea" was from boats launched from Boston Common. The Bonner map shows how that was possible, of course.
Ooooh, I didn't know that. Very cool. Hmm. Thinking of a cool Boston fact to return -- did you know that groundwater in Back Bay is generally thought to flow *away* from the Charles River, in complete violation of all usual laws of groundwater flow direction prediction? Groundwater in that area actually flows toward the Green Line and the sumps they use to keep it dry.

And in other areas of Boston the groundwater is tidally influenced and flows different ways at different times of the day.

One of the other Bonner maps at that link -- #19, I think? -- has an awesome color-coded map that shows roughly *when* the bits of land were added, which was very cool.
I'm on the top floor, and the way heat moves in my building, I never have to turn mine on until it gets below about 35 outside.