Sarah Avery (dr_pretentious) wrote,
Sarah Avery

Last night's total: 318
This afternoon's addition: 1059

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1,377 / 50,000

Started at the beginning of Chapter One this time.

Also, ran Google searches on my characters' names. The magisterial Teresa Nielsen Hayden, a senior editor at Tor, advises writers of fantasy and science fiction to run searches on made-up names because, with surprising regularity, those names are already in use by pharmaceutical companies as brand names for drugs, or by auto manufacturers. If you think about it, it kind of makes sense. We're all looking for clusters of phonemes that sound name-like, but not too much like any specific name. I'm really glad I ran those searches. I don't mind that the cavalry general turns out to have the same name as a town in the Czech Republic, but it was kind of problematic that one of my villains had the same name as a medication designed to treat urinary tract infections. Who knew? Glad I had a chance to fix it before I got too used to thinking of her by a name she couldn't keep.

Considering that I'm driving down to Rockville to help twoeleven out--his father's in the hospital for what may be the last time--I probably won't be adding more words tonight. Probably I'll be home again Wednesday night late or Thursday early. Just in case anybody needs to know where I am.
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