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Charles speaks to Gordon and I just now realized those two names together. Ugh. [Feb. 18th, 2017|10:49 pm]
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945: "I didn’t go through a metal detector to get in here today."
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Progress! [Feb. 17th, 2017|10:06 pm]
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Tonight, finished typing in notebook #20 (of 24).
Total word count: 117,805
Which Scrivener tells me is equivalent to a 337 page paperback book.
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Lessons from the French Resistance [Feb. 17th, 2017|09:29 pm]
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944: "We set it up that way on purpose."
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Apropos of something. [Feb. 17th, 2017|06:40 pm]
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A friend of mine once made the point that part of what made medieval history so fucked up was that all the kings were like 16 years old.

Basically, you've got a bunch of emotionally immature adolescent males making decisions involving deploying armies, with little regard to the consequences because they'd never had to face them themselves.

There's no particular reason I am thinking of this now...
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Systemic points of failure. [Feb. 17th, 2017|11:14 am]
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So, this has been popping up on Facebook:
https://trofire.com/2017/02/16/congressional-republicans-willing-accomplices-trumps-criminal-empire/

And I agree. It's important to remember, especially during the next election, that trump is not the problem.

He's the most blatantly corrupt, the one committing the most visible crimes, the one with the most obvious conflicts of interest, but he's a symptom, not the cause.

Trump did not create Fox News and Breitbart and antiwar and countercurrent and infowars and all the other conservative fake news sites.

He did not create the massive propaganda against science, fact checking, and legitimate news.

Trump did not invent the "Southern Strategy" to make the Republican Party so welcoming to the worst of the racists.

Trump did not introduce extreme gerrymandering in every state that got a Republican controlled executive and legislative branch.

Trump did not create Crosscheck and the various other voter suppression schemes in every Republican controlled state.

Trump did not do away with laws requiring reporting of sources of campaign financing or limits on lobbyists.

Trump did not even create the anti-Muslim bigotry that was a hallmark of his campaign.

Without any one of those things, of course, he would not be president today. He definitely and undeniably benefited from all. But he didn't invent any of it.

All these things were created intentionally to benefit the plutocrats who have completely taken over the Republican Party.

Getting rid of one tired elderly narcissist who's too stupid to hide his own conflicts of interest won't solve the problem. Not that we shouldn't. Treating symptoms is valid medicine, too, after all. But to solve the problem, the whole system has to change.

I don't believe it's too late to change it yet.

But it's getting there.
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From book 20. Michael is being snarky. [Feb. 16th, 2017|10:39 pm]
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943: "Fine, I'll just go bleed outside so I don't contaminate your crime scene."
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Hey, kids, wanna make a name for yourself in material science? [Feb. 15th, 2017|10:10 pm]
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Figure out how to make a strongly oleophobic coating that's optical quality transparent or a material that can be shaped into a lense.

Every glasses wearer will thank you for it.

Come to think of it, so will most microscope users, telescope users and photographers.
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Holy crap, I wrote a novel. [Feb. 15th, 2017|06:53 pm]
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I mean, literally. I literally just finished writing a novel.

Well, the first draft.

The first draft is done.

It took me almost four years to get to this point. But, I've reached the end of the story.

Dunno what I'm going to do about the sentence of the day. I think I'll keep doing it during the rewrite.

So, what comes next? Well, anyone following along up til now knows I first write by hand in various notebooks. Then I type them into the computer. I've typed in the first 19 so far, and I finished the story about 3/4 of the way into book 24. So, for the next couple of weeks all I'll be doing is typing in the rest of the notebooks.

Once all the text is in scrivener, I'll start rearranging scenes, making sure all the different character arcs are well balanced and so forth, then begin re-writing, from the beginning. This will be draft two. That's the one that I'll be sending out to people who've volunteered to read it, a chapter at a time probably, and solicit feedback, suggestions, corrections from those of you who are experts in various fields that I represent, and use all that to write draft three, which will, I'm hoping, be the shortest of the re-writes. I really have no idea, having never done this before.

But, if you want to read the first draft and give me feedback, watch this space and I'll let you know when I'm ready and figure out how to do it. Thank you everybody who's been with me on this journey so far. I am quite excited.

Still need to come up with a title for it, too...
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And another character leaves the city. [Feb. 15th, 2017|06:43 pm]
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942: He turned up the radio and smiled, as he watched Portland fade away in the rear-view mirror.
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Dun dun DUNNN! [Feb. 14th, 2017|11:08 pm]
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941: She suddenly turned and looked directly down at Veer.
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