November 2nd, 2002

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murdering the English language- a how to:

Via li_kao

http://members.cox.net/midaswelby/ownywoo.htm

Interestingly, I got this link the same day I experienced -two- incidents at work where I had patrons who were apparently native speakers of English, but made no sense at all. One of them was likely schizophrenic and had mud and blood all over his shirt. His question was just "word salad": ie: "The facts of the thing where my room is on the part of that sister's dress in the country of men who...", with occasional pauses that suggested sentence ends.

But "Clyde", above, is mostly harmless. check it out.
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How to be as prolific a writer as Danielle Steel, and maybe half as good:

At least 3 people on my friends list have signed on with National Novel Writing Month. The goal of this site is to get participants to finish a 175 page novel in 30 days. The goal isn't to have it publishable or otherwise "good", but just to get it done.

I'm torn about what I think of this. On the one hand, it's an interesting way to buckle down and write the damn book you always said you'd write. On the other hand, one can assume that 90% of the work created out of this experiment will be unreadable crap (not from the three of you I just mentioned, of course!), and that this crap will be foisted off for criticism (ie praise) on beleagered spouses and friends by the novelists. That seems like a Bad Thing. Also, won't most of the people who attempt this fail to meet the deadline? Even if the deadline is sorta unrealistic, I can see writers being very upset that they didn't finish, especially if their friends do (even if their friend's novel sucks anyway).

I'm going to resist this meme for a couple reasons:
1) if I was to write a book, my first choice would be to write non-fiction. I doubt I could research, much less write, a non-fiction book in a month.
2) I don't have the time to devote to it. Hell, I'm typing up this LJ entry when I should be finishing a 1000 word article (current count: 577 words) due on Tuesday. If I can't thrash out an article more quickly and am getting this easily sidetracked, how the hell can I expect to have the discipline to sit down and write a novel?

Poll #72469 NaNo, NaNu

What do you think about NaNoWriMo?

It sounds cool. I'll go sign up now! (or, I already have signed up!)
5(21.7%)
Neat idea, but I'll pass.
13(56.5%)
I think the idea is sorta dumb.
1(4.3%)
I hate the idea. Like, a lot.
4(17.4%)


Now, back to this damn article that I need to finish before I get dressed for Don's party
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