April 29th, 2004

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Found the ending

While supposedly working on a lexicon (so I can keep my imaginary vocabulary straight) I think I just figured out how my books ends! I really didn't know exactly, until one thing led to another in my brain and I realized it. The general thrust of the story was there and I knew what the conflict was, but had no clue how it ended. But now I think I do :)

P.S. xanath, I will tell you about it some night when Yahoo isn't "on the fritz," he he.
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    Chopin
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Zzzzz... wah?

I've never really liked naps. They've always left me feeling disorientated and strange. Today was no exception; I had a lie down for around 10 minutes, barely even fell asleep, and then suddenly came awake cursing myself for sleeping too late. I thought it was THIS MORNING. Ugh. But it was really 3:15. I had to consiously recall what I did this morning and how I went out for lunch, because otherwise it seemed like I'd just fallen asleep all day.

Needless to say, I'm rather groggy today, although feeling very good otherwise.
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Collegian columnist rips Tillman

Wow, my old college newspaper made the headlines. Not in a good way though... Gotta say, I agree on the free speech thing, but think it's pretty crass for anybody to have said what he said.

Meanwhile I'm still curious what the heck happened to the Collegian's old "diversity editors" positions since I left. When I worked there we had special editors for African-American, Developing Nations, Women's Issues, Jewish Affairs, and GLBTQ Isues (me) and each of us had to do three stories a week, either news or editorials, plus we often had our own regular sections. The whole idea was obviously a kind of enforced diversity/balance to convey more points of view than would otherwise go into the paper. Anyway, don't see that in the online paper anymore, so I assume it's not in the print edition either. I guess they must have redone the paper's charter?
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    "So The Story Goes," Erasure
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Novel Terms

For the past couple of days, I've been working on the "lexicon" for Tarimur. I guess some people would write this up after they've got a book done, but for me, I felt I had to work out a lot of vocabulary before I could really get going on writing again. It's actually been a great exercise since, by forcing myself to define things, I'm having to ask myself a lot of questions about the story and about the world I'm building. Once I finish with this, I'm going to go through what I have already written and revise it accordingly, plus take note of some of the things which really should be developed further on in the story, now that I've thought of them.

The other outcome of doing this lexicon is that I realize even more what WEIRD book this is. I'm writing things out thinking, "What kind of weirdo would think up this stuff?" LOL. World building reflects interestingly on the world creators, I think.
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    "A Little Respect," Erasure
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Ugh

OK, this was stupid of me... Got a friend of mine I'm doing work for. He has this weird idea that fixing horrendously designed web sites is like a piece of cake or something. A couple of days ago I told him I'm finished the latest round of work and spelled out some details for him. He just got back to me with some answers but says that he has a hard time "justifying" that I spent 8 hours on it, like I lied about the time or something. Says that in that time I should have been able to design a whole new friggin' web site! First off, he didn't ASK me to do that, he wanted me to work on his current one (which has a realllly hard to work with design!) SECOND off, even if I had started over, there are very few sites I've done professionally which only took 8 hours. So I basically have a client who wants the work done but is offended by the notion I expect to get paid hourly for work -- work that actually takes TIME to do.
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