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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on June 19, 2021, 05:32:29 PM »
Some brief thoughts about the stock market.

Warning signs
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by la_luna on June 19, 2021, 11:31:35 AM »
actually ended up writing nearly 1200 words yesterday.

Today...around 320. Except it's all outlining!
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by notthatamanda on June 19, 2021, 03:30:51 AM »
765. Thought I'd be done by now but still about 40 pages to go through on the screenplay before I put it aside for a month and let it sit.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by la_luna on June 18, 2021, 04:43:43 PM »
944 words today.

I think I figured out how to make things flow more: a flashback scene. I don't know why that worked but it did lol. I know flashbacks aren't everyone's cup o' tea but everything makes sense now. At least for chapter 5. I'll be plotting more tomorrow.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by LilyBLily on June 18, 2021, 02:32:44 PM »
I'll have to try that, Lily. We don't use any pesticides or herbicides because we also keep bees.

Triclopyr is an herbicide, and I don't know if it moves through the ground but it has not bothered anything around here except the poison ivy. It's a broadleaf brush killer but I only use it on poison ivy and porcelain berry vines. I brush it neat (not diluted) directly on newly cut vines. I spray it half diluted on young poison ivy plants, sometimes holding a piece of cardboard between the poison ivy and any nearby plant I care about. I'm too allergic to dare to just rip up the poison ivy by hand.

I assume bees go for flowering plants. I never let the new poison ivy get big enough to flower. The older vines on my property I work on in winter. I like to think I've gotten them all, but we do have a wild section that we've barely ever even walked through (because of a thick stand of what I think is sumac that makes it impassible). There could be bigger poison ivy there.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Vijaya on June 18, 2021, 12:28:37 PM »
I'll have to try that, Lily. We don't use any pesticides or herbicides because we also keep bees.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on June 18, 2021, 04:53:37 AM »
I am hovering at just under 500 words per day for the month.  As of the end of yesterday, it's 492 words per day on average.

That's split between two stories.  One is a short story for my newsletter.  Almost 7k words now and still not done.  Not sure I'm living up to the premise.  The other is the lame space opera that keeps getting longer and longer yet going nowhere.  Doesn't help matters that I have not one but two characters that are (a) pretty dumb and (b) increasingly perverted.  You know what kinds of characters are easy to write?  Stupid perverts.  You can count on them to say or do plenty of stupid and/or perverted things.  How does a smart person change a light bulb?  They just do it.  It's not hard.  How does a stupid person change a light bulb?  Well, when was it last lit?  It might be hot.  They might need to use an oven mitt to grab it.  What if the glass breaks?  Maybe they need to put a plastic bag over it to catch any broken glass should it break while they are grabbing it with the oven mitt.  Does it matter whether the light switch was on or off?  Not really.  Unless you're stupid.  And then you might want to unplug the lamp first.  What about an air gap?  Can the electricity travel through the air from the outlet to the cord?  Smart person knows the answer is no.  Stupid person thinks that maybe the plug should be moved far away from the outlet to safe.  Better yet, go to the electrical panel and switch off the electricity to the outlet.  Which switch?  Better flip them all off to be safe.  Wait.  Can't do that with the oven mitt on.  Is it safe to touch the electrical panel with your bare hand?  Maybe it's better to use a screwdriver.  Wait.  That's metal.  The handle is plastic but what if the electricity melts the plastic and then you get zapped after the plastic melts off?  Better to pull the master switch and turn all the electricity off.  But is it safe to grab that?  Better to use the oven mitt again.  But, wait, if the electrical panel provides electricity to the oven as well as the rest of the house, well, then it might get even hotter than an oven and burn right through the oven mitt.  Then you'll get zapped.  Might be better to use a crowbar.  But that's metal again.  But it's painted.  The paint will protect, right?  Maybe not.  It might be best to climb the electric pole outside and turn it off at the source.  To be safe.  But the wooden ladder won't reach and it'd probably be bad to use a metal ladder.  Maybe just throw a rope up there and climb up that way.  With the oven mitt, of course.  For safety.  And so on.  And that's what makes stupid characters easy to write.  Even more so with dialogue because they have a lot of stupid things to say.  Like they might have said all the aforementioned instead of doing it because they like to talk rather than do.  And so the plot goes nowhere and the word count goes up and it would be fine if it were funny but there's just too much stupid.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by LilyBLily on June 18, 2021, 04:44:00 AM »
Iíve been fairly successful cutting poison ivy roots in midwinter and then brushing on triclopyr straight on the cut. Little pieces spring up every year in random spots but the big stuff is gone, thank goodness, since I am quite allergic. I try not to use chemicals otherwise.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Lynn on June 18, 2021, 03:50:21 AM »
I keep multiple booksgoing at a time. Right now I have 9. All will eventually be finished. :D

If I weren't so slow this would work out much better for me. But, truthfully, this seems to be the only way I'm happy writing. I have 39ish finished titles, most of those being novels and novellas.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Vijaya on June 18, 2021, 01:45:29 AM »
Matthew, this year we're learning more about permaculture and transforming our backyard bit by bit--plant it and forget it. But we're all foodies so we're doing this with edibles. The biggest problem we have so far is the poison ivy. My husband is horribly allergic and we routinely have to go in and get it out.
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