Title: Achievement unlocked: GOBS OF POETRY
Posted: April 20, 2010 (02:58 PM)
I now have a limerick for every day of the year. Sadly, a few may be redundant. But I had ~300 at year's start and 370 now. I'm generally satisfied at the weird rhymes, and I have a small pile of ones that I can't put into a small story yet. Maybe I'll share a few if I haven't blogged a bit. Many are funny months after being written. Sometimes I even (sheepishly) fix the meter. Some are more profane than you'd expect from if you've read my reviews.
It's great to hit my first real organizational writing goal--it'd been for the end of the year, but I figured I could get done early if I sat down and wrote where I got. I've had goals where I said, write X amounts of notes.
Of course, the next goal is getting my novel-o-meter to 100%. It hasn't moved in a while, but I think it will. It's the anonymous one, but true's encouragement has helped move the non-anonymous one ahead. I'm not sure of the percent complete, but there's a lot I've had bumping around that I never sorted out.
More tweaks to my daily writing routine and programs means I can just create arbitrary sections and push a button, and my daily text file is merged into the Big Magilla. It's a relief to be able to get home, push a button, and have everything merged. There's a lot of stuff I was worried I might not use enough vs the effort expended, but I feel very good because I've earned the convenience and tailored it to what I need.
The best part of it is that I can now create sections a lot more easily. Before, I just had 10 or 20 hard coded ones. Now, everything can fall where it should, right away, with a bit of planning. I wonder why I didn't do this before. It's as if I got trapped by "be grateful for what you have" with NoteTab Standard's outlining ability.
Also, there's the speech recognition software, Dragon, that I got after reading bloomer's blog entries. It's useful to be able to gesture or walk around when I need to, to transcribe stuff. It's energy saved that can't really be calculated.
Part of me is upset I haven't made even more use of this. I need to have confidence I will. I'm pleased with the time I've taken to make things convenient--not just to have convenience, but because I've identified some bottlenecks that can sap my energy and time before I get around to the tough stuff I really want to tackle, even if I have to build myself up for it.
Posted: April 20, 2010 (08:09 PM)
Limerick writing for every day of the year? Sounds like a Purdue thing.
Posted: April 20, 2010 (08:53 PM)
Famed basketball coach Bobby Knight
Wore plaid blazers once. What a fright.
These days that red sweater
Is hardly much better
But I'll let YOU tell him, all right?
Posted: April 21, 2010 (03:53 PM)
Little Five is coming up this weekend so I'll be more than happy to give The General a shout out.
Andrew, you must post one now utilizing the sentence "It'll comb you over!"
Title: Hm, I almost got there.
Posted: April 21, 2010 (05:20 PM)
I took some artistic licence. Hope it is okay, in a pinch.
That time Gene Keady appeared to say Letterman's top ten, I laughed much harder than it warranted. That whole episode took away some of the sting of losing to Wisconsin in '00. Apparently it's been ten years almost exactly--Keady's appearance was 4/26/2000. Wow.
(oh the limerick above was from 1997, if you can believe it.)
Purdue's old head coach, one Gene Keady,
Cast scowls that made refs feel all fraidy,
Not counting, moreover,
His famous combover
Or words that would outrage Jan Brady.
PS that's #371. Thanks for the inspiration!
PPS Little Five a bike race? Purdue has auto races. Much more manly and stuff.
Posted: April 21, 2010 (05:39 PM)
Hey, no problem!