March 7th, 2015


A Practical Slow Down

I've been on a tear with writing lately. And that's a good thing. This week, however, there were other things going on. And that's a good thing, too. Read a good book, Flex (DW). Had a doctor's appointment. A fabulous meal out on Monday night, which I need to write about. Movie and weapons grade mac & cheese yesterday (DW).

I also spent a little time, as I sometimes do, hopping through the 954 pages of my main file, finding holes, filling in details. Getting rid of more characters named Xxxx with real names. (grin) Funny thing, I see the Xxxx with the red underlining from Chrome's spellchecker and I want to check the line and figure out what the name is supposed to be. But it's supposed to be Xxxx here! (OCD-grin) What? OCD isn't in its spellchecker? Outrage! (right-click-Add-to-dictionary-grin)

One of the things I always admired about Dune were the beginning of chapter quotes. They added some depth -- as well as history both back and forward from the events going on. I already had a "quote" at the beginning of Book 1 and decided that I need to put in something for the starts of all the parts. Books 1 and 2 Parts A/B and Book 3. To that end, I had already written a first draft of the words to the kingdom's national anthem -- there's a stanza right there -- and added an Advice to Princes attributed to the kingdom's patron saint, plus the openings to the First and Third sagas. Didn't know the kingdom had sagas? Oh, they do. Come on, Vikings? Sure.

New Researches: Second generation Subaru Legacy BK flat roofed wagon (not Outback). Left-Hand Traffic and Right-Hand drive. Sunday, 3 September 1967, Swedish as Dagen H (H-Day), the 'H' being for Högertrafik or right traffic. Swedish trains did NOT change from left-side to right-side, due to costs. For the Copenhagen to Göteborg X2000 train line, I found on Google Maps satellite view the flyover-type crossover north of Malmö. Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden. Together with Copenhagen, it constitutes the transnational Øresund Region, the most densely populated area in Scandinavia. The Øresundsbroen is a double-track railway and motorway bridge across the Øresund strait between Scania (southernmost Sweden) and Denmark -- trains on the lower level. Longest combined rail/road bridge in Europe. 8 km bridge on east end, the artificial island Peberholm in the middle, 4 km Drogden Tunnel on the west end, comes out near the Copenhagen airport. Bœuf bourguignon, Julia Child's recipe. Frederiksberg Runddel ice rink in Copenhagen. Free if you bring your own skates, otherwise skate rental is 50 DKK. For 2015, open from 1 January to 1 March, so you're out of luck for this year. Café Phenix nearby. Easter eggs in Scandinavia. Polish drapanka style pysanka Easter eggs -- we did something like this growing up, using hot wax to lay down batik patterns in different colors of egg dye. Яйца Фаберже́ -- Fabergé eggs. There are seven lost imperial eggs, but only three have known photographs, including the Royal Danish egg, the largest of the Fabergé eggs. Norwegian Dawn of the Norwegian Cruise Line -- larger than RMS Titanic. Norwegian Dawn is the de facto official ship of Rosie O'Donnell's R Family Vacations, a cruise designed for gay and lesbian families. Vista Garden Villa Suite #14500 is portside -- it has a private upstairs sundeck. Accommodates 30 for parties, three staterooms. Visiting cruise ships to Copenhagen generally dock at Langelinie Pier, Norwegian Cruise Lines at Ocean Quay. Hot cross buns. Fastelavnsbolle (Danish and Norwegian) for Shrove Monday. Stollen for Christmas in Germany, Dresden Stollen (originally Striezel). Allerheiligenstriezel, a braided form of stollen. Constitution Day (Danish: Grundlovsdag), observed on 5 June, is also Father's Day. In Norway, Father's day (Farsdag), is celebrated on the second Sunday of November. Tesla Model S luxury sedan -- the top selling electric vehicle in Denmark -- optional third row with two rearward facing child seats with shoulder harnesses. The three Copenhagen seaforts -- Trekroner and Flakfortet have ferry service during summer, Middelgrundsfortet is privately owned and currently under development. Museum Maribo-Bandholm is an antique train museum in Denmark, volunteer run, with limited tourist schedules -- but you can rent the steam train for a group up to 50 for any day of the year, 5600 DKK. Optional dining car. Oseberg Viking ship in Oslo, one of three well preserved Viking ships that had been used for burial -- hence their preservation. Tharsis, western volcanic plain on Mars. The name Tharsis is the Greco-Latin transliteration of the biblical Tarshish, the land at western extremity of the known world. Ira Glass’ This American Life on Trouble, a little restaurant in San Francisco that serves four things: Coffee, cinnamon toast, coconuts and shots of grapefruit juice.

The grand total is now 263,121 words.

The shiny counters are up to:

The Lost Kingdom Project YA Trilogy Version 1.09 (03-07-15 Sa, 954 pages)

Book 1 Part A (78,100. words, starts page 46) / Part B (42,201 words, starts page 304)

Book 2 Part A (61,804 words, starts page 458) / Part B (44,730 words, starts page 680.)

Book 3 (starts page 845)

Hmm, exceeded the revised goal for Book 1 Parts A/B? Guess it really is going to be two books then. Up the total to 160,000...

Book 1 Part A (78,100. words, starts page 46) / Part B (42,201 words, starts page 304)

Probably going to Version 1.10 next week, so we'll restructure all the shiny counters. Still trying to decide if I want to break the main file into pieces for Books 1, 2 and 3. Maybe.

Dr. Phil
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Sigh -- It's That Time Again -- Missing Time

And now we go through that silly ritual of changing clocks and trade an hour of sleep in the so-called Spring for an an hour of sleep in the so-called Fall.

I did decide to quiz Echo...

-- Alexa, set alarm for 2:01am. I don't know how to do that.

-- Alexa, set alarm for 3:01am. Alarm set for 3:01 am.

-- Alexa, cancel alarm. Alarm canceled.

So, Amazon Echo apparently knew enough to know there is not a 2:01 am tonight.

Dr. Phil
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