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No words tonight.

Seriously brain-dead from work. I am glad I'm back to my tech-editing as opposed to working at the help desk, but the two offices I support were without a tech writer/editor from October until January and they're definitely using and abusing me right now.

Document from hell is still kicking my butt from an editing pov. I will be very pleased to give this back to the person I received it from next week.

I had a nice dinner with the daughter-unit and wishweaver and then hit Borders (hey, today was payday). The daughter picked up a couple of manga books as did I. Then I snagged my first OED (the Concise OED), while Wish picked up a couple of computer books.

This is the first new dictionary *I've* had since I was a kid. I've been lugging around my Merriam Websters Dictionary (copyright 1965) ever since I got it in first grade. It's still in good shape and I still love all the stuff that comes in the back of it (although the predictions about the operational base on Mars by 1995 was a little off), but it was time to get a dictionary that has words that deal with things like . . . oh, I don't know . . . electronics, DVDs, personal computers, video cameras, mp3s, etc.

They had a nice leather bound two-volume set of the Shorter OED, but I really didn't have the $350 to buy it. Maybe when I hit that big advance . . . yeah, right.

Yeah, I know the web is full of on-line dictionaries, but I'm still a big fan of pulling the dictionary down to look for a word, mainly because I keep finding other words that suggest story ideas to me that way. (Besides, dude, this is the OED.) When I was a kid, I was one of those who would read the encyclopedia for fun, which came in real handy on my ACTs and SATs, let me tell you. I think I was the only kid in the fifth grade who could draw a map of the Ottoman Empire, not to mention, I was probably the only one in the class who knew there was an Ottoman Empire. I still read reference books cover to cover when I'm bored.

(I can hear Wish now . . . "Well, that explains a lot." *grin*)

Story ideas are everywhere if you give them a chance.

And now, I can really tell I'm brain-dead, since I'm rambling on about dictionaries and encyclopedias. *grin* I think I'll leave it all though. It's all part of the writing process.


( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )
Mar. 2nd, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, and all that lovely personal history gives me all the more reason to be proud for beating you in Trivial Pursuit...even if it was only the one time. :-D
( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )

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