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Jeff and I both woke at 4:30 a.m. again this morning, sigh. Not doing very well dealing with jetlag; we're both determined to do better today (we slept in until 3:30 pm yesterday). Blatherings was down yesterday because of the nasty worm virus going around the Internet which resulted in uunet going down and thus affecting Bryan's service.

Thanks to Annie and Rick for pointing out that the harp picture from a few Blatherings ago is a Paraguayan harp, not a Celtic harp! Darn, now I wish I took a closer look when I had the chance.

Did some fiction writing today, first stint in a long time. I've found a great place to work, in the Urban Affairs Library, a few minutes' walk away from home. Since it's a research/reference library rather than a regular library, it's rarely crowded. Lots of tables and cubicles, some with electric power outlets (useful if I want longterm use from my laptop). There's even a few Internet access terminals, though one of the reasons I want to work on my fiction writing away from home is to force myself to stay offline. :-) Another reason is to guarantee uninterrupted writing time and minimize distractions. For some reason, this doesn't seem to matter as much when working on my nonfiction writing.

I've always found novel writing very different from nonfiction. I'll still work on some nonfiction (it pays more :)), but also want to get back to my children's inspiring for starting Inkspot in the first place!

Right now, novel-writing is way more seemed to take me ages to write a single page, where I used to be able to write dozens in a day. Frustrating, though at the same time it felt immensely satisfying to be able to focus on my creative writing again. Sort of like having a very good workout after several months of slacking off (speaking of which, it's definitely time for me to be getting back to going to the gym again)...

re: nonfiction writing...congratulations to Julie Duffy for getting her article published in Writer's Digest new magazine!

I talked to Frank, the security guard in our building, about what it was like being on duty when news of the terrorist attacks came through. He said he didn't know what happened, but noticed people running in the street in front of our building. He also said that some tenants were calling him, asking if it was safe for them to come back downtown; a few opted to stay elsewhere that night. I think people were freaked out when the CN tower was evacuated; if it had been a target, my building would have been near ground zero. Scary thought, that.

Today's Blatherpics:

- Kimono store display, Tokyo. I found it odd that the mannequin was a blonde Caucasian. Also found the fixed smile kinda creepy (add some scary music and voila! instant scene from a horror movie...)

- Little boy who sat beside me at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant.

- Jeff on a train in Tokyo. Does he look out of place, or what?

Today's Poll:

Do you consider yourself a relatively good writer, compared to most people?

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