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Thursday, November 06, 2003

Wednesday November 5, 2003. I woke up with a sore throat. I'm _tired_ of being sick!

I slept much of the day.
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I did get a bit more done on "The Caterpillar on the Leaf". That included taking almost everyone out of what was actually a two-person scene. Original purpose for having more people in scene: reduce conflict.

Someone on Forward Motion (http://fmwriters.com) recommended a piece on Scene Choreography in S.L. Viehl's blog. I read the piece and decided this could be very useful: "Work the Surroundings -- you've set up a beautiful castle with cool rooms and guards and tapestries and then everyone does nothing but stand in it looking at each other and talking. Use the setting -- have your characters move around [in] it and interact with it."
http://starlines.blogspot.com/ November 4, 2003.

That gets added to my "to learn" writing to-do list. The rest of the list so far:

Sensory description. Appeal to at least three senses in each passage. Include synesthetic description.
Function description.
Pattern description.
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From EurekAlert (http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php):

Public Release: 5-Nov-2003
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Hot cocoa tops red wine and tea in antioxidants; may be healthier choice
There's sweet news about hot cocoa: Researchers at Cornell University have shown that the popular winter beverage contains more antioxidants per cup than a similar serving of red wine or tea and may be a healthier choice.

Public Release: 5-Nov-2003
Oldest human custom
Early humans knew a thing or two about dental hygiene. An American palaeontologist says that our ancestors could have used grass stalks as tooth picks – which would explain curved grooves seen on many ancient hominid teeth.
New Scientist

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