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In which I ponder silliness

I hard this on the radio this morning:

On Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. That will never happen again.

It means nothing, but I thought it was cool.

Today I went to the gym for the first time since the sickness hit. I expected to want to go easy, but this was super easy. I was exhausted and dripping snot by the time I finished, after only about a 45-minute simple workout. I wonder if I actually had a mild case of the flu rather than a simple cold. I never took my temperature, but I've never had a simple cold last this long. I'm still coughing and sneezing up gunk (my apologies if you're eating). I shall have to build back up to my usual workout.

Tomorrow I'm having my taxes done professionally for the first time in my life. I'm hoping they will be able to find a nice refund for the year so I can roll it back into what I owe the IRS from last year (due to my own stupidity, which is why I'm going to a professional now).

Do you like Real Country Music? Go buy Dale Watson's Whiskey or God. You won't be sorry.

I was reading the LJ of an editor looking for writers of "paranormal" romance, which I suppose vampire romance falls into. No more than 100,000 words, that wall again. It's a good LJ entry for anyone looking to write for anyone, though. Lots of writerly information. I am down to 184,397 words, though (I wonder if WordPerfect counts the header, which appears on every page. That would add six words per page. I just HAD to have a hero with a two-name first name. I could probably cut 10,000 words just by calling him "Sean" instead of "Sean Patrick," but he won't have it...).

How do you keep a novel under 100,000 words? I'm so verbose. On the other hand, having trouble with short stories. I need discipline. Thus the work on the short stories! :-)

I have a couple of days off here and I REALLY mean to use them to clean house. This includes going all the way through my closet and REALLY getting rid of clothes I have not worn in many years and all the shirts that honestly don't fit well anymore, no matter how much I love them. This may also include the britches I'm wearing right now, a pair of khaki-colored Levis which are cut like blue jeans but are acceptable for work but which now REQUIRE a belt lest they fall down. I bought them for $6 at Big Lots and I simply cannot find the style anywhere anymore, not even on eBay. These are size 12 Misses, boot cut, without a number to indicate the style. I LOVE them. The only pitfall to weight loss.

nutmeg3, I owe you a package. Don't think I've forgotten. :-) I did tape it, I just haven't gotten around to putting it into a box and sending it. I'll include this extra copy of John Corbett since they sent me two of them and you asked about it, if you haven't bought it for yourself yet.


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Apr. 5th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
I keep my stories down because I have a chapter outline set and a page limit. It's always in the back of my mind as I write. I always think: "does this, by writing this to paper, progress the story or is this slowing down the pace?"

Usually I cut and edit as I write. Every chapter goes through edits as I write, and by the time my beta readers (I have about 6 right now... all of them have free honest reign to tell me if it sucks or not) actually read it, it's been re-read by me at least four times. Of course, there are still typos and dumb problems I miss. ::sigh::

I know, more or less how many words I should use and I give myself padding. I had a 500 page limit, but my writer's group told me to stop rushing...so I extended the book no more to 600. I'm right now at 570, and I think I will JUST hit 600 at the first draft. More or less on my second target. I plan on going in and really editing through because I can think of two chapters that are probably just fluff. Yes, they say a lot about the plot and the future, but I think I can actually pull out the important bits and replace in other sections.

Of course, my style is very stripped and to the point. My regullar writing however (like this post) is quite the opposite. :/
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
I suppose I should do that, but I just write as it comes to me and keep going until I have no more scenes in my head (which, sadly, isn't too often).

Then I have to go back and strip out what doesn't actually progress the story.
Apr. 5th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
On Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. That will never happen again.

Um, actually, yes it will, every 100 years. But it's still a cool sequence.
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Well, I was quoting EXACTLY... ;-)
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
I just realized you meant every THOUSAND years. In 2016 it'll be 01:02:03 04/05/16, then 26, 36, etc. It won't happen again until 3006.

Apr. 5th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
No, I think I meant every hundred years: 2006, 2106, 2206, etc. But it's distinctly possible that I'm confused.
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
Well, that teaches me to try and think on four hours of sleep (cats, weather, etc.). :-) You ARE right.

Apr. 5th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
I found a store near here called Cowboyz, I think, that sells nothing but vintage cowboy shirts and other weastern clothes. They had a bunch of racks of shirts for 3 for $25, including a green and white one, but I don't know what size shirt you wear... (evil grin)
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, Western Wear...

Often it depends on the maker. I can reliably wear any men's size Small (15 - 15 1/2), and I am now able to snap shut a size men's Small (14 - 14 1/2) but when I expand the chest the snaps pop. :-D

In women's sizes I'm in anything at all from a 10 to a 16, depending on who made it, or small in casual wear OR extra large in formal wear (women's sizes appear to pretty much, well, suck) -- I have a size 10 suit that fits well, another suit where the size medium skirt fits with size 12 pants but the jacket is extra large, my women's western wear from Sheplers tends to be large (bottoms) or extra large (tops). Basically I'm wearing a 34-D and have a 40-32-40 figure when I measure myself, which may not be exactly accurate.

Apr. 5th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
Western clothes, that is. Darn no editing...
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
Hey, I gave you up to 150,000 words! *g* And thank you. I'd love the John Corbett CD, so whenever you get to the PO is fine by me.
Apr. 5th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Yay, I was hoping for 150,000! I think I can manage that! :-D

All righty. I double-checked the tape and it looks like it recorded right.
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