September 22nd, 2002

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Unexpected work

Got a call at about 11:30 tonight asking if I knew I was supposed to be working. I, obviously, didn't so we got Ericka ready for bed and then I headed in. Had a bit of work when I got here, but now things have died down. I brought my laptop so I hope to work on the manuscript I'm editing for a bit. And, in the meantime, I'll be getting eight hours of overtime, which won't suck.

I'm still down a bit because of the business with Laura. I dearly hope she doesn't think she needs to attempt suicide to escape the situation as she felt in the past. I'm going to check with Greyhound to see if there's a way to have a ticket waiting for her whenever she might want one. That way, she wouldn't need money or to finagle a credit card called in or anything to get away from her mom. Just show up and get on the bus.

A friend pointed me to a site exploring encapsulating one's day in three words. I don't think its evocative enough, but it inspires me to try haiku.

burning neck muscles
a stone nearby my heart
yet resolve and hope
  • Current Music
    Country Death Song--Violent Femmes--Add It Up
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Coming clarity

I've more closely defined how the manuscript I'm working at editing is not to my liking (i.e., "crap").

The work is meant to be a supplement for a role-playing game (Ars Magica for any like-minded gaming geeks out there) describing an area that exists in the game's setting. The author is using this job as a thinly disguised platform for introducing new rules to the game. Where, for example, he is supposed to be describing a place where several wizards are living together for mutual protection and benefit he instead spends a great deal of time on the special magical technique one of them has worked out and the spells that derive from it. He doesn't even give you a good enough picture of this wizard to understand why the wizard is pursuing this technique.

So I've got a better idea now of how to approach letting the author know how to make the work better: more description, less exposition.
  • Current Music
    Jesus Walking on the Water--Violent Femmes--Add It Up