November 22nd, 2003


Friday's Words Finally Finished

And the books I left ungraded Friday after school while I caught up on Thursday's words... So, when I start in on Monday, I only have two ungraded books, and the stack I took home. NaNo has NOT been good for my grading....

(Guess who's playing instead of writing???)

36652 Saturday's goal

In the Desert – From the Top Word Count: 1321
In the Desert -- Best Laid Plans... Word Count: 654
In the Desert – Miracle Word Count: 907
In the Desert -- Waiting Word Count: 705
In the Desert – Not To Be... Word Count: 691
In the Desert -- Fought the Good Fight Word Count: 1369
In the Desert – Captured Word Count: 2059
In the Desert -- Oceans of Sand Word Count: 1369
In the Desert – Morning Is Breaking Word Count: 1632
In the Desert – The Interview Word Count: 1040
In the Desert -- Alone at Last Word Count: 1894
In the Desert -- The Prince's Return Word Count: 1410
In the Desert -- The Tent Word Count: 2191
In the Desert -- Salvation? Word Count: 1465
In the Desert – Recognized Word Count: 1777
In the Desert -- Frying Pan Word Count: 1077
In the Desert -- Hot Water Word Count: 590
In the Desert -- The Escape! Word Count: 1754
In the Desert -- A Helping Hand Word Count: 2773
In the Desert -- It's a Wonderful Place Word Count: 1850
In the Desert -- The Visit -- Part IV Word Count: 1879
In the Desert -- The Visit, Part III Word Count: 536
In the Desert -- The Visit, Part II Word Count: 2521
In the Desert -- The Visit Word Count: 1976
In the Desert -- The Birth Word Count: 1977

Total Words 35099
Without Not , Miracle, and Best chapters 32808

In other words, I've caught up for the rest of the week, but barely started on what is needed now….

I get terribly excited, as I am nearing my climax... I put a question about what people were doing when they heard about the events of 911, and can go back and get words telling others' stories as if they happened to people around my MC... Lots and Lots of stories may be needed if I end too fast.

I can also finish the travelogue I got tired of trying to make sound exciting, and dreaming up things for her to be thinking about as she traveled. I just sort of skipped it all eventually. I was just being lazy. I may have to be NOT so lazy to make the end of the story reach the end of the word count. I may have to make my character have memorable, interesting-to-read THOUGHTS for two-three days straight... Sigh.

But, with this cast of characters, who knows? I may not really be as close to the end as I think I am...

I have a really good argument not done yet between Despina and Luchino... I'm sure I can work that in somewhere. I was going to write it this afternoon, but it doesn't fit now, and I was afraid I'd ruin my flow (I'm WAY past the part where I have this thing plotted out, so I could go dry suddenly, or take a wrong turn and get lost to wander the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, as far more famous folks than I have done before.)

I know you can back date options -- can you "for-date" them?

What Dead Russian Composer Are You?

Actually, with fewer than 15 songs, both lyrics and music to my credit, this is pretty fake...

If I were a Dead Russian Composer, I would be Dmitri Shostakovich!

I am a shy, nervous, unassuming, fidgety, and stuttery little person who began composing the same year I started music lessons of any sort. I wrote the first of my fifteen symphonies at age 18, and my second opera, "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District," when I was only 26. Unfortunately, Stalin hated the opera, and put me on the Enemy Of The People List for life. I nevertheless kept composing the works I wanted to write in private; some of my vocal cycles and 15 string quartets mock the Soviet System in notes. And I somehow was NOT killed in the process! And Harry Potter(c) stole my glasses and broke them!

Who would you be? Dead Russian Composer Personality Test

Changing my answer on the question about what I do when not composing from "reading" to "teaching" changed me from Dmitri to:

If I were a Dead Russian Composer, I would be Aleksandr Borodin.

Son of a 19th Century Russian prince and a...non-royal...mother, I went to medical school and became a biochemist. Most people, however, (and probably my twenty cats as well) agree that they'd trade all of my scientific discoveries for another set of "Polovetsian Dances."

Who would you be? Dead Russian Composer Personality Test

Now, this one makes more sense to me... His name is the masculine form of my real name in Russian, and I prefer his music... so there.