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August 23rd, 2005

Write to Remain Silent

First off, all you NaNoWriMo types, please go here and share your experiences with the lovely and talented laurie_robey. C'mon, you know you want to!

Second off, once MFM is a happy memory I intend to start turning some more serious attention towards my own writing career, which has largely been simmering on the back burner since 1998. One of the projects to that end will be to rehabilitate the long-defunct www.gneech.com as my writing site. I'm not entirely sure what it'll house at this stage; probably the Brigid and Greg fictionlets, the "Cup of Coffee" story, and certainly the definitive version of "Stray Cat Strut." I imagine it'll also house my bibliography, even though the gaming books are long OOP.

Thing is, most of the random essaying that I'm prone to do already goes into my LJ, so I'm not sure how much of the site should stand alone, and how much should just be a gateway to this old thing. :)

If anyone out there has ideas, suggestions, or even just random comments on the topic, I'd love to hear them. Right now, for inspiration, I've been looking at...

www.neilgaiman.com
www.stephenfry.com
www.jkrowling.com
www.stevemartin.com, and of course
www.douglasadams.com

I'm thinking of pulling the best bits from my old AOL homepage as a basic framework ... and of course torching the rest. 1998 was a long time ago, and a lot of the things on that page are not just out-of-date, they are entirely 180° from reality these days! So it really needs a thorough cleaning.

What do you think?

-The Gneech

Tross!

Happy birthday, tahamaki! Your present is Today's Forgotten English!

scise
A deep cutting.
--Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary Supplement, Spurious Words, 1933


Birthday of Sir Astley Cooper (1768-1841), Serjeant-Surgeon to the Queen. "Cooper, by his unwearied assiduity in the dissecting-room, produced some of the most important contributions to modern surgery," according to W. & R. Chambers's Book of Days (1864). But he was also associated with a dark time in medicine: "The name of Sir Astley Cooper recalls a ... startling chapter in the history of civilization which is supplied by the methods formerly resorted to by anatomical teachers, for the purpose of obtaining subjects for dissection. From the year 1800 until the alteration of the law in 1832, the resurrectionists, or body-snatchers, were almost the only sources of this supply. They were the persons of the worst character, if we except the watchmen of that time, who were set to guard the burial grounds, all of whom received a regular percentage of the sum obtained by the resurrectionists."

Gene Wilder: "What a filthy job!"

Marty Feldman: "Could be worse. Could be raining."

*thunder, lightning*

Gene Wilder: *glare*

-The Gneech

Fictionlet

Uncle Bob put his hand on Greg's shoulder in a way that was clearly intended to build companionship. "Greg," he said. 'Greg, Greg, Greg. Greg.'Collapse )

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