Words, Weights, Whatever

Saturday, November 08, 2003


I just created an Authors of Interest sub-section on the Links section of the site. The authors have no blogs (as far as I know) and I felt it misleading to have them under the Blogs I read heading.

ToDo Today

Sign equity line of credit paperwork.
Get yesterday's mail from mailbox.
Pick up package at the post office.
Check P.O. box.
Drop off clothes at drycleaners.
Get oil change for both cars.
See play.
See movies (at least Brother Bear).
Write. Today's goal is 2500 words, preferably better to make up lost words over the two writing sessions.
Read at least one chapter in any book.
Update (of course) this blogger.


Friday, November 07, 2003

And tonight....


NaNoWriMo update
The good: 732 new words. Yeah!
The bad: Way short of tonight's goal of 2500 words.

Conclusion: I'm pleased. I'm continuing to move forwards which was, to me, the purpose of NaNo. More writing this weekend.

Humor is good


WARNING: Slightly (implied) R-rated

Subject: final exam paper

A not necessarily well-prepared student sat in his life science classroom, staring at a question on the final exam paper.

The question directed:
"Give four advantages of breast milk."

What to write? He sighed, and began to scribble whatever came into his head, hoping for the best:

1. No need to boil.
2. Never goes sour.
3. Available whenever necessary.

So far so good - maybe. But the exam demanded a fourth answer. Again, what to write? Once more, he sighed. He frowned. He scowled, then sighed again. Suddenly, he brightened. He grabbed his pen, and triumphantly, he scribbled his definitive answer:

4. Available in attractive containers of varying sizes.

He received an A.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Workout whump....

Write tonight?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Read Weights below....


Cardio class. From 1915 to 2030. Kickass step followed by hip hop, abs, and ballet/pilates/tai chi stretching. Whumped my a*%. LOVED it. Glad this class is regular in my workout schedule. My Muse was shoved back with my editor into utter exhaustion.


Today was the finally sign about my job. I'm making too many simple mistakes and it's eating at me. I'm going to give serious thought this weekend if I want to stay there or not. The big question is: where do I go? Which path?



Updated my links slightly. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

NaNoWriMo update


Finally tally: 1173. Little over four pages at 250 words per page. Not even the minimum daily (1667 words) but not shabby for two hours worth of work. Would have done more but I actually got paged for work. Imagine at this hour!

Regardless, I'm definitely making headway into the manuscript.



And even more links!



Added a few new links to the side.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

TTT: this, that, tonight....


No writing tonight. Very tired from yesterday. Planning to write before going to work in the morning and tomorrow evening. At my current rate of two pages per hour, I should be able to generate 2000 words by midnight Wednesday. Just have to close the office door.


I'm calling the doctor tomorrow morning and scheduling an appointment asap. Nothing fatal but I want the issue taken care of before week's end.


Interesting link. A man after my own heart: RPGs to read

Saw my friends tonight. They inspire me with all the books they read. I'm now debating which book to began after I finish Worldmenders. Maybe a fantasy? How about either historical fiction or mystery?


The following has been done for tonight:

Continue work on the departmental handbook at the job.
Work out this afternoon. Will be the first time for weights in weeks. Back and chest (which means I’ll be sore tomorrow if I do the workout right.)
Follow up on that phone call from the accountant.
Look for that one book for the signing tomorrow. I’ll do a little housework as well.
Assemble books for Clark.
Map out the signing location.
Give books to Clark with instructions.
Prep my resume for my friend Greg.

Wow. I'm amazed. All I got left is a little housework, take out trash, and NaNo. Guess which is the big? :-)

Editing? Shmediting

Interesting thread.

Title to land before 1803


New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a
> client. He was told the
> loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory
> title to a parcel of
> property being offered as collateral. The title to
> the property dated back
> to 1803, which took the Lawyer three months to track
> down. After sending the
> information to the FHA, he received the following
> reply: (actual letter):
> "Upon review of your letter adjoining your
> client's loan application, we
> note that the request is supported by an Abstract of
> Title. While we
> compliment the able manner in which you have
> prepared and presented the
> application, we must point out that you have only
> cleared title to the
> proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before
> final approval can be
> accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title
> back to its origin."
> Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows (actual
> letter):
> "Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has
> been received. I note
> that you wish to have title extended further than
> the 194 years covered by
> the present application. I was unaware that any
> educated person in this
> country, particularly those working in the property
> area, would not know
> that Louisiana was purchased, by the U.S., from
> France in 1803, the year of
> origin identified in our application.
> For the edification of uninformed FHA
> bureaucrats, the title to the land
> prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France,
> which had acquired it by
> Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the
> possession of Spain by
> Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea
> captain named Christopher
> Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of
> seeking a new route to India
> by the Spanish monarch, Isabella. The good queen,
> Isabella, being pious
> woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA,
> took the precaution of
> securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold
> her jewels to finance
> Columbus' expedition.
> Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the
> emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and
> God, it is commonly accepted, created this world.
> Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God
> also made that part of the world called
> Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of
> origin and His
> origins date back, to before the beginning of time,
> the world as we know it
> AND the FHA. I hope the hell you find God's original
> claim to be satisfactory.
> Now, may we have our damn loan?"

The loan was approved.

Today’s ToDo list

Let’s see what’s up for today…

Continue work on the departmental handbook at the job.
Work out this afternoon. Will be the first time for weights in weeks. Back and chest (which means I’ll be sore tomorrow if I do the workout right.)
Follow up on that phone call from the accountant.
Look for that one book for the signing tomorrow. I’ll do a little housework as well.
Assemble books for Clark.
Map out the signing location.
Give books to Clark with instructions.
Take out trash.
Work on NaNoWriMo. Goal? At least 500 words tonight aiming for 1200 (to make up for yesterday's work).
Prep my resume for my friend Greg.

Whew! Another busy day!

A little bit of sf shoots into reality


Gold "nano-bullets" shoot down tumours

Gold "nano-bullets" could seek and destroy inoperable human cancers, suggest new studies by US scientists.

The tiny silica particles are plated with gold and heat up when near infrared light (NIR) is shone on them. This kills the cancer cells. Tests on human breast cancers, both in the test tube and in tumours in mice, were highly successful, the researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Monday, November 03, 2003

Great night


NaNo update
One hour of writing. 536 words. Way below today's goal but I'm extremely pleased. I'm relearning more about myself and my writing style as I write. Oh! One nice thing: the scene ties in nicely with an upcoming event. I didn't even plan it. My subconscious is doing a lot of good work.


I definitely enjoyed today's cardio class. And my finger stopped hurting from all my typing. Yeah to fitness!

Rough day


The morning started rough. I was definitely more sensitive to my co-workers mood. My jaw aches from clutching so much. Unfortunately, this feeling is nothing new. I constantly complained about this anxiety while we were in San Fran. I think, though, I know more of its source: lack of sleep. I'm going to monitor myself this week to see if I'm correct with my hypothesis. Objectively, work was actually slow today.

I actually accomplished a lot this morning. Scheduled to sign the papers for the equity line of credit this weekend. Yeah! Now if I can just get some callbacks....

Because of the day, I'm hitting the gym at night. I don't care if it affects my NaNo goals.

Sunday, November 02, 2003


NaNoWriMo update:
Nearly eight hours of writing. Wordcount: 5541 words. That's over 22 pages at 250 words per page (double space).
My fingers--especially the mouse finger--is twinging(sp?) Gotta hit the gym hard this week (especially cardio) to keep the body in shape and flexible.

The words flowed out in this session. Haven't felt anything like that in a while. I wonder if the time I took off from writing caused such a burst. And what was even more amazing was that my internal editor was assisting in this session. It kept asking, "is that too passive? Info dump?" More importantly, though, the editor shut up when I told it too.


One of my favorite instructors was not teaching today. Whew! Didn't miss her class again. I'll attend next Sunday.

I'm giving more consideration into becoming a personal trainer.


Met my friend Kendall for lunch. Not only thanking him for watching our house while we were on vacation (and, more specifically, pick up any packages), but for us to catch up. We talked about our vacation; his latest date (yes, guys do talk about their dates with each other. Sometimes seriously, too. ;); one of our friends going to the "Mac" side; computers (of course); and Canada (of course.) As we were leaving the restaurant, I kept thinking how much I enjoyed our time together and I needed to schedule time with friends as a monthly event. R. agreed.

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