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Monday, March 01, 2004

Monday March 1, 2004. Make sure it's plugged in dept: One more question I need to answer before I start writing a story: Why is this particular person in this particular position?

Specific to one story: Why is the first person sent somewhere to gather intelligence an amateur?

Later: I've got the story reshaped. Now all it needs is dialog (I've got what people say, but mostly not how that person would say it), more characterization, description, and incluing.[1]

[1]incluing: A term coined by Jo Walton, referring to the process of scattering background information and other hints throughout the text, rather than placing it all together in a lump.

***To the tune of: On rec.music.filk, I mentioned that "The Red Flag" (and other songs to the same tune, including "Tannenbaum") goes to the tune of "Hernando's Hideaway".

Gary McGrath points out that "Tannenbaum" doesn't completely fit to that tune. One line -- "Wie treu sind deine Blaetter" -- is short a syllable. He says that Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" does fit well. (Which I already knew; I think it was Nate Bucklin who told me about that one.)

Also on rec.music.filk, Kate Gladstone says that a song from _Silverlock_ fits "Good King Wenceslaus" (aka "Tempus Adest Floridum"):

I have known both joy and grief,
Neat or mixed together;
Cold and heat I've known and found
Both good drinking weather;
Light and darkness I have known
Seldom doubting whether
Tammuz would return again
Once he'd slipped his tether.

And Lee Gold says that _Silverlock_ has been reprinted, with references by Fred Lerner. http://www.nesfa.org/press/UpcomingBooks.html

***Cookery: Corn on the cob, from the Fare For All package. I wasn't sure it would taste good without butter and salt, but it did. I used some Penzeys Florida Seasoned Pepper.
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