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NaNoWriMo [Nov. 8th, 2004|12:46 am]
Phinnea
In a moment of dementia, I signed up for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writers Month. Thousands of lunatics participate in this write-a-novel-in-a-month program and anyone who manages to cobble together 50,000 words between Nov 1 and Nov 30 is a winner. Not that I really think I'll make it, but I was so disarmed by the humor of the site that I signed on.

"Part of the reason we organize NaNoWriMo is just to get a book written. We love the fringe benefits accrued to novelists. For one month out of the year, we can stew and storm, and make a huge mess of our apartments and drink lots of coffee at odd hours. And we can do all of these things loudly, in front of people. As satisfying as it is to reach deep within yourself and pull out an unexpectedly passable work of art, it is equally (if not more) satisfying to be able to dramatize the process at social gatherings."

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

And if I figure out how to do this, you can follow my progress or lack of it here.

NaNoWriMo Progress Meter
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Dear Diary [Nov. 7th, 2004|10:19 pm]
Phinnea
[Current Mood |okayokay]
[Current Music |1985 - Bowling for Soup]

Wow. A month and a half had gone by since I last wrote. Clearly I'm no better about a live journal than I was about a paper one, but I've been guilted into writing because my dear friend and favorite evil mastermind ZombieQuill gave me a website for my birthday. Yes, I'm joining the few, the proud, the roughly 4,285,199,774 other people with their own webpage.

When there is something to see at the website, apart from a lovely "Under Construction" sign, I'll post the url. ZQ has optimistically placed a link on it for "Stories." Theoretically, I could dig out some old thing, scan it in, hammer it into a shape I can live with and post it. Should be ready in about 6 to 8 ... years. Don't hold your breath, guys. And then there's this definite ambivalence about just giving away what I'd once hoped would earn me a living.

Been reading a lot of fantasy and other light stuff as an antidote for reality. Just finished The Purple Emperor by Herbie Brennan. It's a sequel to Faerie Wars. He's terrific. If you're twiddling your thumbs waiting for Rowling to finish the next Harry Potter, Brennan's a good choice.

I never knew there were game shows on the radio in 1985. Why didn't anyone tell me?
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Spell check [Sep. 18th, 2004|12:46 am]
Phinnea
[Current Mood |nerdynerdy]

So, I spell-checked that last entry and there were two words it didn't like: stoners and metalheads.

It thinks metalheads should be two words. A valid possibility but in a google search "metalheads" brought up far more sites than "metal heads." So, I'm staying with one word.

Here's what it suggested for stoners:
stoner's, stones, Stone's, stone's, steiners, stingers, stone rs, stone-rs, Stine's, stoner, toners, Steiner's, stainer's, stinger's, stokers

Who programs this crap? What is "stone-rs"? And stone rs? It accepts stoner in the singular, but not the plural? And what if I meant people who throw stones? If someone is stoned (as in "he that casts the first...") would presumably also be stoners. I have a sneaking suspicion that that space should not be in "stone rs."

Hey, wake up! I haven't finished my discourse! Oh, wait. Maybe I have.
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Bad Acting [Sep. 18th, 2004|12:27 am]
Phinnea
[Current Mood |chipperchipper]
[Current Music |What else? Bohemian Rhapsody]

Last weekend I watched Wayne's World with some friends. It's been years since I last saw it. It's a great movie (although admittedly not for everybody), but what I particularly noticed was how good all the background people were. Particularly the crew and various stoners and metalheads.

I noticed this because I had the misfortune a few weeks ago to see Hackers. Made in 1995, the only mildly interesting thing about it is there's an early appearance by Angelina Jolie. Everyone else is terrible. They're playing high school kids, and while they're probably only a year or two older than that, they're completely unconvincing. It tries way too hard to be cool, failing utterly. Bad clothes, bad acting, bad plot. It's just bad.

Wayne's World: party time. Excellent.
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From the Interests page [Sep. 17th, 2004|03:27 am]
Phinnea
"Short single-word phrases are best."

I'm stumped. There's no such thing. What to write? I would suggest to the Live Journal PTBs that this might be better:

Single words or short phrases are best.
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Whadyaknow [Sep. 17th, 2004|03:14 am]
Phinnea
Huh. A live journal. Maybe I should write something.
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