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Mar. 5th, 2015

Waterhouse

Proof of Progress 2

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We got a new scanner!  Also I couldn't find my camera.  No, wait, there it is!  But it still thinks it's 2014.

Estimated Chapter Words: 4,200
Estimated Book Words: 10,800
Number of days on which I wrote at least one word: 15
Average estimated words/day: 280
Research: None.
Favorite line: "Violent anti-war activists," Corodyne muttered.  "Oxymorons - accent on 'moron.'"
How to end a chapter: With a definite decision to do something - besides talk - in the next chapter!!

It's been 37 days since I started this chapter, so the per-day output drops like a rock, I'm sure, but I'm not gonna calculate it.  But who cares?  This novel sucks, and nobody will ever read more than the few lines I allow to peek through!

The next bit is actually a re-write of the section I wrote first, so maybe it'll go faster. 

Jan. 26th, 2015

Waterhouse

Proof of progress

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... Except for the part where my camera thinks it's still 2014.  Gotta try to fix that.  And yeah, you don't actually get to read my crappy rough draft, sorry!

Estimated Chapter Words: 6,600
Estimated Book Words: 6,600
Number of days on which I wrote at least one word: 16
Average estimated words/day: 412.5
Research: Ungendered English pronouns.  Dredging for memories of academic conferences I have attended.
Favorite line: "Mrs. Bassett was the kind of skinny that's based on genetics and supported by starvation - all sharp angles and smug superiority."
How to end a chapter: With gunfire somewhere in the hotel!

That's ... a much better average than I expected.  If course, I'm estimating about 300 words per page, based on counting a few pages' worth of words in this notebook.

And of course if you count the days since I actually started the chapter it's more like 235.  Which is still pretty good, for me. 

Jan. 12th, 2015

Waterhouse

Wow. 2015.

I've been ignoring this journal for two years and forty-odd days.

During that time, I finished writing exactly zero works of fiction.  (Though I did scribble quite a bit, don't get me wrong.)

On the other hand, I DID finish writing my dissertation.  And got my degree.  They spelled my name right on the diploma and everything.  Yay!

This actually happened at the beginning of last year, and I think that since then, I've mostly been recovering from the two years of sustained effort.  Though there was also a lot of paying work in there, and I taught a class again last fall.

This year, though, is the year I'm going to finish some scholarly articles.

And this latest novel I'm working on.  I've given up trying to write a good novel; I'm working on writing the worst novel that I possibly can.

It's quite liberating, actually.  And it'll take as long as it takes.

Cheers!

Sep. 24th, 2012

Waterhouse

Kitchen gadgets!

rikibeth and gehayi both did this one. 

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of:
I wonder how many pasta machines, pasta rollers,* breadmakers, juicers, manual juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers,** sandwich makers, pastry brushes (silicon rules!), cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, big salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels,*** meat thermometers, filleting knives, angel food cake cutters, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, food processors, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags,**** banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, microwave rice cookers, pastry blenders, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers, sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, egg slicers,***** egg beaters, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

* This used to be used a lot, but it takes a lot more time to make pasta than to buy it from a store. 
** This was my grandmother's. 
*** The jam-making did not go well, and I haven't tried again. 
**** Because this one I have really needs to be replaced so I can have one to use, but I keep forgetting. 
***** This was also my grandmother's.  It doesn't work very well ... I may be using it wrong.

I think I have more gadgets to add, but it's time for dinner.   
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Feb. 1st, 2012

Waterhouse

Dissertation deathmarch accountability, Episode 3

Still slogging through Section 4.1, but the end is definitely in sight.  Tomorrow for sure.  Of course, I no longer have any idea if any of this makes sense ...

With my draft or on it!

Hours since draft-kill commencement: 60
Hours actually worked: 14.5
Microsoft words/pages total: 6,253/31
Manuscript words total: ???
Microsoft words since draft-kill commencement: 2,104
New tables added to document: 2
Tables deleted: 3
New charts created: lots and lots
Charts added to document: 2
New maps created: 5 (in one figure)
Pages covered with scribbled notes: 8
Sustenance: Oatmeal with raisins; peanut butter and jelly sandwich; peanut butter and banana sandwich.
Caffeine (or not): back to the Lifeboat Tea, and later the basic decaf
Tea cup: History Day 2005; the big Dunkin' Donuts mug
Alcohol: none yet
Dancing: none
Domestic tasks accomplished: Washing dishes, unclogging toilet, folding laundry.
Sleep:14 hours
Showers: 3
Naps: 2
Exercise: --
Books finished while I was supposed to be dissertating: Sofie Kelly, Curiosity Thrilled the Cat; James R. Benn, A Mortal Terror (seriously, once they hit the beach at Anzio I couldn't put it down)

Mean things: Discovering that the 1830 data table had two duplicate entries in it, necessitating the correction of every 1830 data calculation [DONE]; discovering that two tables that were supposed to take exactly the same approach, don't [FIXED]; discovering that another table was calculated using the wrong column of data [FIXED]; discovering that the 1850 population data that has actually been published already, had an error in it [FIXED]; spending an hour fussing with a task that I forgot I'd already done; realizing that the current organizational scheme doesn't work at all [FIXED?]; discovering that this one statistic is skewed like whoah & having no idea what it means [since figured out, I think].

Darling: --
words Word don't know:  --
Tyop: --

Jan. 31st, 2012

Fractal

Dissertation deathmarch accountability, Episode 2

Started this yesterday morning at 9 a.m.  Might finish Section 4.1 tomorrow ...

With my draft or on it?

Hours since draft-kill commencement: 35.5
Hours actually worked: 9.5
Microsoft words/pages total: 4,754/25
Manuscript words total: ???
Microsoft words since draft-kill commencement: 1233
New tables created: 1
New charts created: 9 (but none inserted into the document)
New maps created: --
Pages covered with scribbled notes: 6
Sustenance: Pancakes; leftover ravioli; chicken soup; bread.
Caffeine (or not): Republic of Tea "Ginger Peach Green"; Tetley decaf
Tea cup: UConn USG's commuter appreciation mug; the big Dunkin' Donuts mug
Alcohol: 1 ounce of brandy
Dancing: none
Domestic tasks accomplished: Washing dishes
Sleep: 7 hours
Showers: 2
Naps: 1
Exercise: Gentle stretching
Books finished while I was supposed to be dissertating: Sofie Kelly, Curiosity Thrilled the Cat; James R. Benn, A Mortal Terror (seriously, once they hit the beach at Anzio I couldn't put it down)

Mean things: Discovering that the 1830 data table had two duplicate entries in it, necessitating the correction of every 1830 data calculation [DONE]; discovering that two tables that were supposed to take exactly the same approach, don't [FIXED]; discovering that another table was calculated using the wrong column of data [FIXED]; discovering that the 1850 population data that has actually been published already, had an error in it [FIXED]; spending an hour fussing with a task that I forgot I'd already done; realizing that the current organizational scheme doesn't work at all [FIXED?]

Darling: --
words Word don't know:  --
Tyop: --

Jan. 30th, 2012

Thesis garden

Dissertation deathmarch accountability, Episode 1.2

With my draft, or on it.

Hours since draft-kill commencement: 12.5
Hours actually worked: 4.25
Microsoft words/pages total: 4,754/25
Manuscript words total: ???
Microsoft words since draft-kill commencement: 605
New tables created: Part of 1
New charts created: --
New maps created: --
Pages covered with scribbled notes: 3
Sustenance: Toast with cinnamon sugar; peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich; slow-cooker barbecue beef, mashed potatoes, corn, 1 swiss roll
Caffeine (or not): Williamson Tea's "Lifeboat Tea" (this is the kind of tea that slaps you around to get your attention); Celestial Seasonings "Sleepytime" (it's herbal)
Tea cup: Blueberries (also the blueberries teapot); the big Dunkin' Donuts mug
Alcohol: 2 ounces of brandy
Dancing: none
Domestic tasks accomplished: Washing dishes; baking bread; laundry; scooping the cat litter box; more laundry; kid transport; grocery etc. shopping.
Sleep: [this was supposed to start *after* the deathmarch]
Showers: 1
Naps: 1
Exercise: --
Mean things: Discovering that the 1830 data table had two duplicate entries in it, necessitating the correction of every 1830 data calculation [DONE]; discovering that two tables that were supposed to take exactly the same approach, don't; discovering that another table was calculated using the wrong column of data; discovering that the 1850 population data that has actually been published already, had an error in it [FIXED].
Darling: --
words Word don't know:  --
Tyop: --

Time for bed (staying up late is just not productive for me). 
Fractal

Dissertation deathmarch accountability, Episode 1.1

Like the title says.

With my draft, or on it.

Hours since draft-kill commencement: 6.5
Hours actually worked: 3.25
Microsoft words/Pages total: 4,755/25
Manuscript words total: ???
Microsoft words since draft-kill commencement: 606
New tables created: Part of 1
New charts created: --
New maps created: --
Pages covered with scribbled notes: 2.5
Sustenance: Toast with cinnamon sugar; peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich
Caffeine (or not): Williamson Tea's "Lifeboat Tea" (this is the kind of tea that slaps you around to get your attention); Celestial Seasonings "Sleepytime" (it's herbal)
Tea cup: Blueberries (also the blueberries teapot); the big Dunkin' Donuts mug
Alcohol: None, but I really need to buy some
Dancing: none
Household tasks accomplished: Washing dishes; baking bread; laundry; scooping the cat litter box.
Sleep: about 7 hours
Showers: 1
Naps: 1
Exercise: --
Mean things: Discovering that the 1830 data table had two duplicate entries in it, necessitating the correction of every 1830 data calculation; discovering that two tables that were supposed to take exactly the same approach, don't; discovering that another table was calculated using the wrong column of data; discovering that the 1850 population data that has actually been published already, had an error in it.
Darling: --
words Word don't know:  --
Tyop: --

It's starting to look like "on it" is a hell of a lot more likely.
Fractal

Dissertation deathmarch

... If it works for matociquala, maybe it will work for me!

Today I'm tackling the remaining parts of Section 4.1: Descriptive Statistics.  I have a lot of numbers to play with.  Anyway, on with the flattery:

With my draft, or on it.

Hours since draft-kill commencement: 0
Microsoft words/Pages total: 4,149/24
Manuscript words total: ???
Microsoft words since draft-kill commencement: 0
Sustenance: Toast with cinnamon sugar.
Caffeine: Williamson Tea's "Lifeboat Tea" (this is the kind of tea that slaps you around to get your attention)
Tea cup: Blueberries (also the blueberries teapot)
Alcohol: n/a
Dancing: none
Sleep: about 7 hours
Showers: 1
Exercise: --
Mean things: --
Darling: --
words Word don't know:  --
Tyop: --

(I can't do the word-count thing because I have no real word goal, other than "enough to get the thing done.")

Oct. 16th, 2011

Books!

Diary of a Text Addict lives!

No thanks to my workload.  But see:  http://diaryofatextaddict.wordpress.com/ for "50 F&SF Books that Blew My Mind." 

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