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Take Two


It’s WIPpet Wednesday, but since a lot of us have started sharing what we are reading as well as what we are writing, I’m “sort of” jumping on that bandwagon…  Sort of, because I know there is a linky of some kind involved, and I haven’t the mental energy to look for it at the moment.  In fact, I’m not even tossing in the mental energy for a ROW80 check-in (not a real one, at least…  things are status quo…  finally breathing a little and planning my next attack while going through the goals’ list).

As for reading?  This is is…

In progress:

  • Journal of a Novel: the East of Eden letters by John Steinbeck
  • I’m really liking it so far.  I finally feel like some of the randomness of my pre-writing process in 750words is natural and normal
  • The Fall by Albert Camus
  • I’m a little over half-way through this, and while I am definitely enjoying it, I also feel the narrator is being too much intentionally obtuse.  Then…  he did like “The Game”
  • The Decomposer: Fallow by C. Sonberg Larson
  • This piece is “interesting”…  Definitely not the book I thought I was buying, and I have to confess that I think the author needed to go over it a bit longer before publication to catch the errors, but it has managed to end up getting better as goes along.  I’m about 1/2 way through this as well, though…  I do find it easy to stop reading
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • This has been my “listen to” in the car book…  and it’s been a lot of fun.  After a long love of Buffy and Carmilla (one of my favorite vampire stories!) I had to check out the original.  Need to get back to it though…  file download issues.   😦

What comes next?

Ack…  The stack by the couch is huge, and that doesn’t count my Kindle and Librivox selections!  I suspect it’ll be based on whatever is due back to the library the soonest….

For now, let’s go back to the WIPpet:

The Maths

(and some context…)

The title of the post comes from the convoluted maths I tried to use. I removed the 2s from the date. So 8-10=-2 which canceled out the 2 in 2016, then coming back in the 6-1=5, so… we have not only a nice balance of subtraction coming in from each end, but we also have no twos. I kept them; two is my favorite number.

That leaves you with five… five small paragraphs from the Unnamed Story following not too far after the scene I posted last week.  We’re “in” Vant’s head now, as he’s watching his mother burn off her…  oh, probably her fourth or fifth wind by this point (the woman is so tired now she doesn’t understand how tired should feel).

Fair warning…   this piece is very “NaNoWriMo raw”:

She loved to dance more than most young women a tenth of her age.

She was wild about it too with an abandon that would exhaust most children to maintain. He’d joined her in a few dances, as had a few other patrons of the bar.

Or they’d tried to join her. One he’d stopped at the askance look she’d made before the man could ask. Another she’d smiled at, then tossed her hands up so they artfully caught her hair. One look at her pointed ears and the young man’s date dragged him away by his own round ones.

And yet, as far as he knew, dancing with a Wanderer woman was only an invitation to tryst of the woman asked you to join her. And then only during certain dances.

He’d have to ask his mother sometime. For now he just grinned at the young man whenever he saw him looking over.

For those of you who love seeing into the minds of writers and sampling their upcoming work, why not click on the WIPpet linky to visit some our other awesome members? Merci beaucoup, notre chère Emily Witt, for being our gracious hostess.

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Sometimes Little Things are Big

markdownHave you ever heard of Markdown?  No, it has nothing to do with the latest special at Kohls.  It’s a special coding system for typing webpages and documents online

I use it daily, though I never learned all the keystrokes.  Maybe you do too without even knowing you do.  If you’re like me and use 750words.com for your brainstorming sessions or have a WordPress.com blog, you have Markdown either available or build in.

The design counts for a lot of the Word auto-correct options too.  Scrivener calls the pieces it uses as “substitutions”.  It’s why : + – + ) becomes a 🙂

Little things: like *this* is the same as <em>this</em> (which for Blogger people is <i>this</i>) …  and they all equal this.

Most websites allow a certain amount of Markdown or some kind of Markup language to make things easier on their users.

Why would anyone want to do this?  Well, it makes it easy to just…  TYPE.  I  mean, HTML is useful enough, but a lot of the tags (those things between the <> characters) are already being removed from normal use.  Even the ones we use every day in our blog comments…  That <strong> tag to bold your text?  It has been deprecated right along with the simpler <b>.   Granted, basic HTML tags like those are nice because you can just type what you want in web editor and a machine (or person) anywhere around the world can understand the format of your text  (maybe not the words—you are still responsible for those).  That is a handy superpower to have, if you ask me.

Knowing some (even a little) Markdown is the same.  You may not agree, but someday, try doing a webpage on your phone (I have).  Suddenly I can walk again…

If you’d like to learn how WordPress (at least) uses Markdown, here is their quick reference.  A quick Google search will help you elsewhere.

Row80 check-in

Yesterday was the first day of JuNoWriMo, and of course, in all the Kick-off craziness, I ‘chose’ not to post my check-in with my most recent WIPpet as I’d planned on Sunday.  (I say ‘chose’ because I did… at the very last-minute when I looked at the furby pic I’d added to the post and couldn’t bring myself to add in another word.)

ROW80LogocopyThat said…  it was a pretty awesome day.  I closed out my writing with a bit over 3500 words (I posted a smaller tally, but then had inspiration to add just a few more).  I have to update our crew spreadsheet, but how can I complain about that for a day’s progress?  Especially a day that included a trip to DMV*, swimming with the hubby and other happy family time!  I didn’t even stay up super late (I was tired), but I got almost everything done I’d planned for the day.

The almost was this post of course.  It would have been nice to not have this waiting for me this morning.  But…  oh, well.  Not every day turns out perfect.

As for the rest of my goals–they’re moving along (except my imfamous Goal #1).  Yesterday during the trip to DMV, I got some quality reading time in Letters to Alice by Fay Weldon.  It’s a bit of a commentary on creativity and a warning to the aspiring author.  It’s all fun.

It was definitely a nice shift from the madness of Tuesday when I did All The Things JuNoWriMo.  I still have some serious setup to do on the website (*shudders*).  The mainblog page especially, which doesn’t actually show the blog posts, just a blank screen (except for a ticker of recent posts on the side).  Some research will be involved here, since I’ve not dealt with WordPress.org design much.  Nothing I cannot handle, I’m sure—just time I don’t have right now.

And that’s it for me.  Hope you had an awesome couple of days writing.  See you Sunday!

* My father calls them “Damned Motor Vehicles”; I bet a lot of people do.