- I heard a good quote that also happens to be the title of a book (haven’t read it): Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them. How true is that? Makes me feel better about my own weirdness and that of those I know.
- Almost all my favorite music from the 90s has now been relegated to the classic rock station. I wonder what the criteria is for something to be considered a “classic.” For cars, I thought it was 30 years old. A one-year-old cell phone is probably a classic, too. So it stands to reason that 20-something-year-old music would also be classic. Still… it is weird to think of Green Day as “classic rock.” 🙂
- The “noonday demon” (also the title of a book I have not read) is a real thing. He is the reason why we get tired at 1 or 2 in the afternoon and find it hard to take off on that second wind. He is the reason we’re tempted to slack off and the reason we fall into temptation more easily when we are tired. Caffeine alone cannot defeat the noonday demon. Instead, it takes prayer and discipline.
These are my thoughts on NaNoWriMo 2019 so far:
- I’m writing the entire novel on WordPress because I’m writing mostly on my breaks at work, and we’re not allowed to plug in flash drives unless they’re for work. I’m on WordPress anyway, so I figured I might as well start the novel there (also, WordPress has auto-save and word count features). So the novel is on this blog as a private entry, but I will never make it public because…
- Like all first drafts, it is appallingly bad. Not only is it bad, it is incredibly boring. I am bored with my characters but not with the plot. I wish I could recycle some of my old characters like I normally do (and I miss them terribly), but the plot wouldn’t work well with any of them. This particular story takes place in another “universe.”
- The other reason this story is bad and boring is because I didn’t do enough planning. My rudimentary outline is just a list of stuff that’s supposed to happen, and it’s not even in order. I didn’t flesh anything out, and now that I’m hammering out words mindlessly, I don’t feel like I have time to flesh it out. I’m actually planning the second draft as I’m writing the first. Not sure if that’s a proper way to do it, but it’s new to me. And that keeps the whole thing somewhat interesting.
- My new pet peeve is the use of “finesse” as a verb. I have been seeing it in a few of the books I have been reading, and it really bothers me. Apparently, it is not an incorrect usage, though. “He finessed his way through the crowd.” Yuck.
- You’ve probably heard that they added “they” to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in September 2019. To me, “they” is fine when you don’t know a person’s gender; for example, “I just saw someone go down that abandoned alley. I wonder what they’re doing.” But I still can’t wrap my brain around using “they” as someone’s preferred pronoun: “I want you to meet my friend Jack. They will be pleased to finally get to know you.” I might just have to resort to the usage in the Dick and Jane books (“Dick is driving to work. Dick is leaving Dick’s car. Dick is entering the building.”) to avoid using pronouns at all. What a world.
- Boring life update: My son knows how to pull himself up to a standing position. He is so thrilled with this, he does it all the time, even when he should be trying to sleep. Whoever said “they grow up so fast” was not joking. When you are a kid, you don’t think you’re growing up fast, but when you’re an adult watching other kids grow up, you see the truth in that statement.