May 2nd, 2015

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There Are More Ways to Write Nothing

This has actually been a good week, though short. These blog posts about my writing used to come on a Friday or Saturday, but lately they've been on Monday. So... I am trying to get back on track. It's May, after all. New month. Spring cleaning. Etc.

What? We went out on a weekday to do doctor appointment, early dinner and a movie? And tomorrow we are going to do some shopping... which doesn't involve groceries or Amazon. How is this possible?

The title in this post refers not to "not writing", but the slow progress I am making in an important part of Book 1 Part B, which turned out to be much more written in my head than actually typed up in the file. Gaack. No wonder Part B was short in word count. (evil-grin) I am hoping that once I get through this section, pages 485-506, that the rest of Part B will fly by and I can finish Edit Pass 1.

New Researches: Denmark is one of only two countries which have two official national anthems. Der er et yndigt land (There is a lovely country) and Kong Christian stod ved højen mast (King Christian stood by the lofty mast), which is primarily used at military and royal occasions, but is also sung on New Year's Eve. The first anthem originally had twelve verses, but only the first and few other parts are sung today. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow did a translation of the second anthem into English. Holbæk, Denmark, is served by Danske Statsbaner's line from Roskilde to Kalundborg, which runs through the city. Vestsjællands Lokalbaner connects Holbæk by rail to Nykøbing Sjælland. The Mo i Rana, Norway, airport just south of the Arctic Circle has an 800 meter runway. Built as part of the Norwegian STOLport network. Oh, they're building a new airport to handle jets. One site says opening in October 2015, but I can't seem to find it in Google Satellite View -- but there are clouds obscuring some of the target area, and I don't know how old the data is, so... look later.

Book 1 Page Edits (Pass 1)


The Lost Kingdom Project YA Trilogy Version 1.10 (05-01-15 Fr, 1273 pages)


Book 1 Part A (103,757 words, starts page 45) / Part B (73,897 words, starts page 380.)


And heaven help me, on the drive in to work today, I came up with an idea for continuing the story into the next generations, to around 2060... Yes, I started making some notes and putting in some writing for Book 6 of the trilogy.

The Lost Kingdom Sixth Novel Version 5.10 *** (05-02-15 Sa, 16 pages)
Book 6 (1629 words)


As you can see, it's only a dribble, so it didn't take a lot of editing time from the main section. Besides, you can't do the same thing over and over. Onward.

And... I am up to date and on schedule again. Yay.

Dr. Phil

*** Yes, Book 6 is in file 5.10. That's because file 4.10 has both Books 4 and 5 in it right now. If the series sells, it'll get moved later. Besides, book numbers clearly don't mean much at this point.

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May Day Spring Backlit Tour

Friday. May the First. Temperature hit 73°F in Kalamazoo. Saturday was similar.

These days I mostly commute with a single Nikon and one lens. For the D100 I usually use the 28-80mm f3.5-5.6G AF NIKKOR. But Friday I took a camera bag and from the start of my drive, I used the 80-200mm f4.5-5.6D AF NIKKOR. Ken Rockwell lists this as "Nikon's Lightest Telephoto Zoom", yet optically it is a worthy successor to the original 80-200mm f4.5 Zoom-NIKKOR manual focus lens.


I love furry dry weeds and grasses, especially backlit. This is the edge of the cedar swamp on 84th Avenue less than a mile from our house. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Cropped shot of a tractor plowing with a dust plume behind. I thought I'd try to stay for a shot of it coming back withe plume behind the tractor, but he was driving around in big squares, not up-and-down, so I'm glad I got this shot. Was impressed that the autofocus still locked on the tractor, despite the dust. This is also on 84th Avenue, where all the fields have been plowed now. The big corn fields east of 84th on M-45 Lake Michigan Drive haven't started yet. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Every spring this line of pink flowering trees in front of Family Fare in Allendale glows as I go to work in the mid-morning and early evening on the way home. Since I had a long lens mounted, I pulled into the gas station and shot down the line of trees. A breeze was knocking petals off in big clouds, but this shot didn't have many. Tough lighting for a D100 -- you can see the overblown highlights in the sky. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Leaving the office on Friday, there were dandelions in the grass below the raised sidewalk. I tried to shoot a clump straight down, but the 80-200mm has a minimum distance of 5 feet -- too close. So angled and got this dandelion, slightly backlit by the late afternoon sun. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Saturday I found that the 80-200mm lens on the D100 still fit in the neoprene Zing camera case, so hoping I didn't need a shorter lens, didn't even bother with the camera bag. We had half an hour to kill in Grand Haven before going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, so we went down to Grand Haven Harbor. While waiting for Mrs. Dr. Phil to return with a couple of chili dogs, I was able to take a few shots.


Cropped shot of a red bench along the boardwalk. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Kids, a dog, parents -- all happy on a warm spring day. Love the pose on the kid in the middle, and the smile on the dog. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Cropped shot of our hearty little stand of daffodils next to our driveway. Looks very happy coming up the drive. Evening light to the left backlighting here. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Pretty pleased with these. Going backlit with a Gen 1.5 DSLR is pretty tough. The only thing I might've changed would have been to take a 70-300mm instead of the 80-200mm. But that would've taken the Zing Pro camera case. Funny thing about zooms -- one tends to use the extremes a lot.

Dr. Phil
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