January 8th, 2004

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For this I got well?

Zero work tonight. Nada. Zilch.

Well, at least I've brought along A Wizard of Earthsea so I can work on my screenplay. Nearly through with the first pass at a "treatment," which is a simple listing of the various scenes I think are important to include. From that, I'll refine a bit and then start actually writing the screenplay.

I'm finding, from my NaNoWriMo experience, that I like having things well planned out before I start writing. If nothing else, it gives me a place to jump to and write something when I'm stuck on the current bit. Previously, I'd attempted to write things more "organically," starting with the first word and going on to the last. I never got very far with that. My characters would just start wandering off with nothing much to do. So I'm hoping that having more structure will give me a better chance of finishing.
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Brief flurries

Out of nowhere, work descended on us. A few hundred pages of edits. We've whipped through them and have them all in proofreading now. I'm constantly surprised by how quickly we move through pages when everyone's working one them.

And another responsibility showed up. I'm to document ideas for how to increase efficiency and productivity during our up-coming three-month busy period. I don't expect any of these ideas to take hold; it's too close to the activity to make any meaningful changes. Still, it'll be fun to deconstruct what I do every day (or don't do, as the case may be).
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Fun with glucose

Ericka's blood sugar went all wonky a bit ago. Dropped off to 57 and she was shaky, a bit panicked, and having trouble speaking. Got her some carbohydrates in the form of ginger bars and custard (the latter being there for protein to help even things out) and it came up to 77. Another batch and she was up to 88. Waited a few minutes and she tested at 87. Got her a yogurt drink and she's popped up to 114.

Gave work a call to let them know I might not make it in if her sugar drops off again. We'll check again in another half hour or so.
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