Thoughts

I promise to post more than once today, with something that isn't just a list, but I have a few thoughts that I think would be good to get out:

  • I finished the sweater. Pictures to follow. On a scale of 1 to 10 I rate this one a 7, because of the way the sleeves/shoulders fit, but I suspect that I'll quite enjoy wearing it anyway.
  • I'm at 2,000 words on the novel. It's hard to justify to yourself and the world that you're writing a novel when you don't even have ten manuscript pages, but I am I swear. I'm getting a hold of it slowly, damnit! No more novella editing yet, but soon. Round two readers, get ready!
  • I need to figure out what I'm going to try and do with the novella once I get it to a point that I'm comfortable marketing it. The publication I was thinking of sending it out to has closed submissions until March (they have a good "new writers" program, potentially accept longer pieces and my parents knew the editor in another life so my name will stand out--my real name has a way of doing that. If not, I think the Marx quote will earn me points). There's an indi-press that I'm interested in that looks like it's the real deal, and I don't think that it will be too long for them. Other markets don't have provisions for works between 25,000 and 40,000 in their submission guidelines, so I'm at a loss.
  • I read the entire Ars Technica Leopard (OSX 10.5) Review yesterday, and it was great. I have to say that he didn't talk about the RubyCocoa bridge thing that bsag talked about and the, I think the term is, "scripting hooks" in AppleScript for python and ruby, and the fact that Ruby on Rails and RubyGems ships with the new operating system, which I think is totally awesome, and a really good move on Apple's part. Having said all of this, I'm not in any rush, and probably won't upgrade until after I finish the graduate school application. What I have works now really well, and while I very much want to get rid of all the brushed steel windows, I don't want to have to worry about anything breaking or a massive backup for a while.
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