July 16th, 2007

Halloween Cat

Restless Heart

Weekly update:

As you can see, the snail is running in place. At least I know I can maintain.

Friday: Worked late, came home, did some stuff; watched more Hex, and I think we've completed Season One; a little more Six Feet Under, getting us well into the middle of Season Three. Did a few other things that I don't remember now.

Saturday: A few errands, haircuts, and then Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix. I know I'm in the minority, but I think they cut out TOO much. Yes, OotP needed some serious trimming, but man, there were some things chopped out that were future plot-important (of course, they've been doing that since Prisoner of Azkaban. Who besides those of us who read the book know how it was Professor Lupin knew the blank piece of parchment was a map?). I'm geekily looking forward to Friday night, when I shall head over to Borders to wait for midnight with my fellow geeks. Anyway, in general, it was a pretty good movie. Fred & George still rock.

Sunday: Not a lot. Got a new wireless keyboard so my old wired one could become the "emergency keyboard" for when problems ensue - we foolishly got rid of previous old ones and too late realized how useful it is to have a spare around the house. I like this one overall, but I don't like the change of layout of the "home, end, delete, page up, page down" keys. I keep hitting "delete" when I want "end" or "home" (because the delete is twice as large). I suppose I'll get used to it eventually, but the old style of keyboard is at work, so...

Because of all the overtime, I expect a decent paycheck (which will come in handy, since I have more expenses this month than I'd wanted), but it also means I haven't been to the gym since last Monday.

I have gotten very little writing done. Haven't gotten a package ready for submission. I don't suck anymore, but I am not yet made of awesome. I need an ending for a short story. No one has yet explained to me how to keep one's work under 4500 words and yet still have a theme, beginning, middle, and end; as well as that all-important plot. I know I've written short stories in the past, but rarely did I need to keep to a strict word count. I'm at 4213 words, but I expect I need at least two or three paragraphs to wrap things up. I plod on.

Why, oh why, don't they teach anchor people how to pronounce words anymore? Yesterday the woman at the main desk read a story about how the "SAM-a-tran" tiger attacked a zookeeper at the San Antonio zoo and just now they told me about storms in "Tucson and CataLINEa." *sigh*

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