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Monday

Welcome to the first Monday in February! Here (being Eastern NC) it has finally gotten to be the regular “winter” weather that had been missing for much of the December and January (read: the cold has arrived!)

Yesterday was a good day (except for Bears fans), and the weekend went fairly well. I helped some friends finish moving, and did some work with the local cycling club on the mountain bike trail.

Otherwise, my godd intentions for writing were again shoved aside. I need to quit doing that so often if I have any hope to get my projects done and meet some of my writing goals.

*sigh* Fortunately, I don’t have the trainee with me this afternoon, so I can log some time! (Now, I just need to log the words)

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Can You Say…?

OK. Here is my “steam blowing” moment. You see this word: “m-o-d-u-l-e” on a piece of paper. Can you pronounce it? Module – sounding like “mah-jool”. For instance, for those gamers old enough to remember when they were published in abundance, the context would be something like, “Have you seen/gotten/heard about the new module for [insert favorite game world here]?”

When you hear “modular” what do you think about? Homes, most likely. Or something that can be easily changed around.

As I have said, I work for a call center for a medical facility – I take calls an route them to the appropriate clinic, or help people with their questions. What gets to me though, and this is my raving tangent, is the abundance of people that can spell the word off of a piece of paper, but when it comes to pronouncing the word “module” either butcher the word completely (like making it sound like “moe-duhl” or something worse) or adding an “-ar” the the end (“can ytou connect me to modular…”). It gets even more entertaining when people butcher the first half, and then add the “-ar”.

I guess our patients are not seen in an eight story, brick building that was built in the 70’s. They are seen in shiny, factory built homes that are either shipped to location assembled or assembled on site.

Just a tangent, and expression of disappointment at how low some of the education has gotten, or lazy the people have gotten – as often times it is the younger generation that butcher as badly (or worse) than any of the other callers. (I can understand older patients adding the “-ar”, a bit more than the younger crowd). And, to be perfectly clear – this is an issue that crosses gender and race… so I am not trying to profile or point fingers… I just get tired of the butchering of language every-so-often, and need to vent.

“Now, it’s time for a break down.” (cue your favorite music as we go to something more fun… 🙂

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"Headlong"

No particular point to the title… just Queen lyrics rolling through my head as I was getting ready to type it…

As I have been training people for the last few days, I haven’t really been able to write (while here at work)… namely holding myself back from progress on my current project. I have, for all intents and purposes, shelved my NaNo project for the time being, at least until I finish a few other projects (I want to complete my current project, and write a few short stories that I can tweak and start making rounds with…)

Which rolls back to my initial issues… first and foremost, to put it bluntly – getting off of my ass and writing! More to the point, putting fingers to keys or pen to paper and putting things down… I can’t get published without text, and GOOD text at that. Good text comes with practice – which I (unfortunatly) have a bad history/record with…

Grrrrr…. *thunk* as head hits desk

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New Week, New List…

Out of about fifteen things I had on my “To Do” list from the weekend, I managed to complete all but three…

I have the morning free from trainees, but the afternoon will be fun, I’m sure. I think I will end up with the more experienced trainee… But I’m not sure what she will be doing…

And the calls have been steady today…

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Friday

Well, it is Friday, and thankfully (sort of) it shall be a long weekend… Unfortunately, this will be the last “built in” break for quite some time… like, until Easter, so it’s time to enjoy it while I can.

After a relatively quiet, yet productive stint yesterday (just under about 300 words), I knocked out a couple of pages today (with an 1,100 word production).

I’m packing stuff up to head out of town for the weekend… hanging out with the family, as giving my wife a chance to meet some new people to play with horses.

On a “work” note – we got the “keyboard condems” today (the plastic wrap to cover the keyboards – useful to prevent damage from spills, but I’m not a big fan of them). My adjustment period is going quite well… not quite as bad as I was originally thinking, but only using a handful of keys instead of the entire keyboard makes it easier… Now, if only some of these keys would quit “double typing” on a single press, my life would be a bit easier…

Oh, well… It’s Friday, and almost time to roll. What else could be better? (from a work perspective)

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Updates, pt. 2

Well… I have finally changed over the keyboard from the shiny black Dell model that came with the machine to an archaic (looking) white model… A whole lot of keys that will be staring at me, waiting to be pressed but will likely never be used (for a while, anyway). Gone are the quiet clicks and ticks, overtaken by solid thuds and smacks of heavier springs and thicker plastic…

The biggest thing to get used to will be the placement of the keys… probably a week of having to think through some of the calls, the mental chess of, “Oh, wait… that key is over… um… here, I think…” played in about a split second, trying to override (and over-write) the muscle memory that has been built up…

But enough about work… turns out I wrote more than I thought I had… my final word count was just over 2,000 after yesterday… yeah, me. That only covers the beginning of the story, and by my “original” schedule, I have allocated until around the 23rd for this project… so I’m going to have to pound some keys and see where the story takes me… I have a general idea for the events, but I’m fuzzy on the ending… guess it may depend on the middle first…

But I also need to make some notes on lengths… I’ve read about a couple of different spreads, estimates for work lengths – average length for short stories, but in what range does it start to be too long and enter into the wilderness of “novella” before emerging on the other side as a novel…

NaNoWriMo puts a target of 50k words as a decent benchmark for a novel – it equates to about 180 pages… I think Stephen King put a breakdown in his On Writing, but I have to find it again…
*sigh*

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Updates…

Well, most of the upgrades are in effect… I still have the “old” keyboard (however, some of the keys do not work the same, now…) So, I will likely be switching myself to the “new” keyboard before the day is out…

I also managed to add about 700 words yesterday to my shorter WIP… we shall see what I can create a bit later today…

I think I shall begin looking at another terminal, for a bit, and try to figure out what the new keys do, as the shortcuts on my terminal do not seem to be working right now… go fig, huh?

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