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Random Raves XLVI: 145,784 and Counting: Every story happens one word at a time.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Valka D'Ur, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    For those who don't read Roman numerals, this is Random Raves #46.

    Spoiler Old threads here! :
    Random Raves
    Random Raves Two
    Random Raves Three: Happiness and Joy
    Random Raves Four: Momentary Diversions on the Road to the Grave
    Random Raves V: Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
    Random Raves VI: Put on a Happy Face
    Random Raves VII: I liek ma gun, liek ma gun!!
    Random Raves VIII: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
    Random Raves IX: Walking on Sunshine
    Random Raves X: Success Tactics
    Random Raves 11: It's getting better all the tiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!
    Random Raves XII: I grabbed two beers and bailed.
    Random Raves XIII: Christmas Presents On a Soma Holiday
    Random Raves XIV: The Rave of the Century
    Random Raves XV: Like Skipping Through A Field of Flowers
    Random Raves XVI: Runnin' Down a Dream That Never Would Come To Me
    Random Raves XVII: A sporran in my kitten!
    Random Raves XVIII: Life is a beautiful woman
    Random Raves XIX: My nipples explode with delight!
    Random Raves XX: Unexpectedly Brilliant in Twenty Different Ways
    Random Raves XXI: The Server Is Working
    Random Raves XXII: Danger of Happiness Overload
    Random Raves XXIII: Everything went better than expected
    Random Raves XXIV: Your face will melt off
    Random Raves XXV: DANCE PARTY
    Random Raves XXVI: I Get High With a Little Help from My Friends
    Random Raves XXVII: And what in the blue blazes is a ROFLcopter?
    Random Raves XXVIII: Death by Snu Snu
    Random Raves ΚΘʹ: Kick it up a notch! (term is over!)
    Random Raves XXX: 100-Proof Proof of Bolshevik Hegemony
    Random Raves XXXI: New Year Raveolutions
    Random Raves ΛΒʹ: Let us eat cake
    Random Raves XXXIII: Let us all eat chocolate and rejoice
    Random Raves ΛΔʹ: Tank Goodness
    Random Raves XXXV: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems
    Random Raves XXXVI: HAPPINESS ENFORCED BY STRICT MODERATION!!!
    Random Raves 37 - Already CFC is returning to harmony
    Random Raves #38: Raving Ravephats
    Random Raves #39: Life is good
    Random Raves 40: Happy new year
    Random Raves XLI: One More Trip Around the Sun!
    Random Raves XLII: How Amazingly Unlikely is Your Birth!
    Random Raves XLIII: Ai has THIS many penguins (and a dozen moar besides)!
    Random Raves ΜΔ: Crate Expectations
    Random Raves XLV: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet


    The six-figure number in this thread title is not random. It's the total number of words I have (in four separate files) that I've done for my NaNoWriMo projects since November 1, 2018. Most of those words are for my Kingmaker: Rise to the Throne project (novelizing the computer game and expanding the story). The rest are for a different game novelization project (Park Ranger) that got stalled last November due to writer's block. There are many more words handwritten in a notebook and on numerous scraps of paper that I haven't typed yet. Since November 1, I have not gone a single day without writing something to add to my stories. It might be thousands of words, or only a single sentence. But they've grown, from blank pages to what they are now.

    One thing that all these years of doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Competition, which is really international) has taught me is that stories - any story - happens one word at a time.

    Life happens one action at a time, whether that action is big and noticed by many, or small and unassuming and only known to the person who does it. Sometimes the action in question is just the simple act of breathing. No matter what, it happens one at a time.
     
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  2. Takhisis

    Takhisis excuse me

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    How do you count contractions?
     
  3. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    I'm not sure. I use Open Office, which counts words differently from the way the NaNoWriMo site counts them. I regularly get cheated out of anywhere from dozens to hundreds of words, so I always have to write a couple of thousand extra to be safe. The number in the title is the Open Office total.
     
  4. Zkribbler

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    l opened a document and typed: I can't.
    That's two words. 8 letters,
     
  5. Arakhor

    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    I did that in LibreOffice and got two words, seven letters.
     
  6. Manfred Belheim

    Manfred Belheim Warlord

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    Did you type the full stop? Looks like it's just counting characters.
     
  7. rah

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    Can't believe it took 7 posts for someone to say how crappy the title is.
     
  8. Mouthwash

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    The title's fine. I think you're looking for the rants thread? :rolleyes:
     
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  9. Arakhor

    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    Ah yes. Two words, eight characters.
     
  10. Lexicus

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    My gf invited me to attend her swearing-in as a US citizen on June 15th, she made it through her interview today!
     
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  12. Valka D'Ur

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    You really didn't have to say that.

    The point of the title is that I'm proud of what I've accomplished, and I think everyone else should be proud of what they've accomplished. Everything happens one action at a time, and it all adds up (hopefully to something good).

    I did consider adding a poll to the thread, regarding whether people like the title. I can still do that; the thread tools allow it.
     
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  13. rah

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    No, but I thought it was tradition.
     
  14. tjs282

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    Congratulations! (I think... Hmm...)

    She doesn't have to swear allegiance to the current executive, does she...?)

    (And which country did she defect from?) ;)
     
  15. The_J

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    It is.


    On Friday I was invited to a job interview via Skype in Portugal. Today the same for Spain. And for the email I sent to France, someone apparently hit “reply all“, and said in French “Not bad. Need to check for eligibility“ (and something else google translate couldn't handle).
    So quite happy right now :D, my CV is rocking it. Also sent out only 5 applications, great ratio :D.
     
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    The reply all button usually is a bad thing. Nice to hear a story where it wasn't. Hopefully congrats will be in order.
     
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    Twice in recent months, someone has managed to email the entire company by mistake. Each time there then follows about 70 replies from people saying "please take me off this list". And of course they also reply to everyone else. Then some other people reply with "stop replying to all!"... to everyone. One of those people had even elected to switch on notifications when his email was read, so he probably regretted that. The irony being that if everyone had just ignored it no-one would have got more than a single email.
     
  18. rah

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    IT's not that tough folks. :lol: :lol: :lol: The buttons are usually labeled pretty clearly.
     
  19. Ajidica

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    This weekend I went up to the Brainerd International Raceway for a high performance driving course (think racing but without competing against other cars). I had an instructor in my car with me to help guide me through braking, turn-in points on corners, and hitting the corner apex to best maintain speed through the corners and track. By the end of the weekend I was routinely able to hit 105 mph on the long curve (corners 1-3 for those who know/care). On the 2.5 mile course I managed to get a best lap time of 2:13, although my times were usually around 2:18 to 2:20. For someone of my skill level and car (Scion FRS), which is fairly low on power compared to the horde of BMW M2s and M3s in my run group, hitting a 2:13 time was probably about the best I could hope for.
    I also got a ride from an instructor in his Porsche GT4 around the course, to which the only response is "Holy [Censored]".

    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any video of me going around the track. I did get a couple photos though. First is of my car in the paddock, with a BMW 235i behind me and the GT4 I rode in behind it. Second picture is my car after a session with the hood up to help the engine and brakes cool down. The Corvette behind me was also in my run group. Despite my car being able to take the corners at higher speed and brake quicker, I was no match for his power and was easily able to overtake me when I instructed him to pass me - and I was going flat out!
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    That sounds like so much fun
     
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