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Random Observations


Observation #1:  I crossed the half way point on the novel yesterday to land at 50,380 words.  I'm not sure what "muddle in the middle" means for me.  It feels right now that the characters are moving toward the actions that will slide the book to its climax.  There are parts that I'm very pleased with.  A character I hadn't envisioned appeared about 20,000 words ago and is now making significant impact.  I have another character who I like a bunch, but I'm not sure what her role in the finale will be.  Maybe that's my muddle. 

Observation #2:  newroticgirl posted a new and funny measurement of your daily writing progress, the "Lake," named after jaylake</lj> , whose goal is to write 2,500 words a day.  All kinds of variations are possible.  My minimum daily goal is 200 words, so I'm shooting for a bit under a deciLake a day, if we consider a Lake to be a metrical unit.  I've actually been averaging under 1,000 words a day, which is about .3 Lake.  A bulky fantasy novel, at 250,000 words would be a hectoLake.  They say that you need to write 1,000,000 words before you begin to approach real competence, which is 4 hectoLakes.

We'll need style rules for this unit.  Should it retain its capital?  Did you write 5 lakes or 5 Lakes last month?  Will it get an abbreviation, like 10 kilograms is frequently written as 10 kg, so would 1 kiloLakes become 1 kl?  (and doesn't "kl" sound like you should pronounce it like Superman's Kryptonian name?  You could have this really cool exchange: "I did a Kal El last year," and your friend would say,  "Wow, you're a writing superman.")

Observation #3:  We're ending the first quarter of school tomorrow.  Oh . . . my . . . gosh!  I thought I just blogged about beginning school a week ago!  The school year has gone well so far.  We're in the midst (as always) of a lot of change.  The district is proposing a couple of bond issues for new construction, which, considering the current economic news, sounds like bad timing. 

Observation #4:  All my exercise and eating resolutions have gone to hell since school began.  I'm eating poorly (chocolate is my downfall), and I'm not exercising.  Things have to change on this front.

Observation #5:  The "Write a Book in a Year Club" success so far has been very uplifting.  At yesterday's meeting, twenty-five students attended.  Almost all of them made progress on their large projects in the last week.  Who would have guessed that so many students in the much maligned American public school system would choose to spend their lunch time to talk about writing?

Observation #6:   Although I generally keep this blog unpolitical, I have voted Democrat for years.  The election of Bush over Gore baffled me completely four years ago.  I could not believe that anywhere close to half of America would think he was better qualified to lead then Al Gore, but Bush got it anyway.  Now I'm in the same position.   Voting for Obama/Biden seems so much smarter than voting for McCain/Palin (Palin!?), that I can't believe the election will be close, but I'm afraid it will be.  I've never had an election actually scare me before, but this one does.

The election process is a bit sickening to watch.  What sort of role models do our politicians provide?  They twist facts, flat out lie, act petty, ignore rules, seem incapable of ordinary courtesy, pander to the lowest values, give the impression that they've abandoned whatever they actually believe for a set of easily digestible sound bites, posture, preen and shallowly pontificate.  Even when I like a candidate, by the time I go to vote I often feel like saying, "A plague on both your houses."
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