The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Friday, November 01, 2002

“How many words per day?”

And so it starts: National Novel Writing Month.

Thirty days to write a 50,000 word novel, or about 1,666 words per day.

Sounds like fun.

Or torture perhaps.

“No, really! How many words per day?”

And if writing a 50,000 word novel in one month is bad enough, Anvil Press holds a 3-day novel contest every year (it's already been held this year sadly).

I don't think I'm up to that challenge.

But for the more visually talented people out there, you also have the 24-hour comic, in which you draw a 24 page comic book in 24 hours. I've read a few and inevitably, the drawings get more and more loose and the story line (as much as there is one) gets less and less coherent. It might be interesting to draw one backwards—that is, start with the last page and work your way forward. That way, the drawings get tighter and the story gets more coherent as you read along.

Again, I don't think I'm up for that challenge either.

And then there's the 24-hour play

Pringles and fudge stripe cook-ays

Through the electronic grapevine (and it's a fairly well connected electronic grape vine down here in Lower Sheol) I heard that my friend Kelly was fired for doing what he was told to do.

Three weeks ago!

Mark, Lynn, JeffK and I went to Kelly's to console him and to partake in the ritual Pringles and fudge stripe cook-ays of the suddenly unemployed.

In discussion it came out that a VP is probably protecting his job and using Kelly as a sacraficial goat to appease the CEO who is under investigation by the SEC so it might not be a bad thing that Kelly is no longer there. Oh, but what a tangled web corporate politics and accounting weave.

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