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nanowrimo 2010


Diary of a Blind Madman

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Another day another dollar. Damned shame that's the going rate.
nanowrimo 2010

I awoke briefly around 2am. I went back to sleep immediately. Well and good save that I fell asleep quite unintentionally around 8pm. I'm getting lots of sleep. Why don't I feel rested when I wake?

I will spend the weekend writing. I hope to install a chapter of Legion and to add a chapter to Kodrus. I have thought of a few new characters for Kodrus and will add them to my site

I've joined a couple writer's communities now. I am not very excited by what I see there so far, but I am still new in all the groups and may not be seeing some of the best stuff. Most of the poetry is the open verse that I don't much enjoy, though they do reflect mood quite well.

I feel the need, very strongly, to do something creative. I wish I could summon up the creativity to choose something to do … Catch 22!

My work schedule has changed. I will be working four tens with Friday off. Ten hour days Monday through Thursday won't be too bad, but I expect my butt will drag by the time I get home. I will also have to acquire some snack foods I can use to keep my blood sugar up in the long stretches (6am to noon) between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner (noon to 5pm). Mornings will be rough. I need to find something not sugary to snack on.

I read Ringbark's grammarian entry on split infinitives with interest. Of course, I now see that I do it all the time. Awareness is an eerie thing. I'll have to look over my writing to see where and under what circumstances it happens. I wonder that my grammar checker (MicroSoft Weird) doesn't flag such things.

Off to breakfast!

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Re: I'll split your infinitive, baby.

One of the great masters of narrative, Brian Lumley, once did me the honor of writing me a letter. I am genuinely honored by the act as I regard him as the indisputable heir to the mantle of H.P. Lovecraft and regard both of them as superb writers of English.

In the letter, Mr. Lumley told me (responding to my question) that he never spent much time on grammar. If a phrase sounded good then it was written well. He sent me that famous Churchill quote given in response to a criticism of a sentence that ended in a preposition "That is precisely the sort of nonsense up with which I shall not put."

I think I agree. The way we speak is the way we must write and convention rules over the calcified standards of style manuals. I do own Strunk & White, Webster's standard and the Chicago manual of style, but use them truly only to settle in my mind the manner of execution of sentences and the placement of punctuation.

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