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Okay, the new #Funkwhale channels feature is freaking awesome. I think there's more work to be done to make this more compatible with the rest of the fediverse, but I think this is a very promising opportunity for musicians to share their original works within the network.

New Funkwhale UI redesign looks great too!
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New research on and from the Universiteit van Amsterdam says: “We find that Wikipedia editors are integrating new research at an unprecedented fast pace. While doing so, they are able to provide a largely representative coverage of COVID-19-related research."

"Vit was ambitious, and Ada knew it was only a matter of time before one or both of them ascended the rungs of their Guild’s respective ladders enough to move out into merit private housing, but for the time being she enjoyed having a co-habitant that she also considered a friend.

Ada plopped down into a chair opposite Vit, and gratefully accepted the mug of tea he pushed toward her without speaking. "

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"Their schedules were such that they rarely saw one another; Vit was a junior Healer who often took the night shift in the largest of the City hospitals, and Ada’s long hours in the Engineer’s towers virtually guaranteed that the two did not maintain overlapping schedules, but whenever the stars aligned and both arrived home at the same time, they relished the opportunity to speak with one another."

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Here's the start of a vignette I'm happy with.:

"When she returned home Ada found her co-habitant awake and sitting at the table in the small room for food preparation. Ada and Vit had lived together for four years now, and she considered herself lucky that the City administrators had assigned two very compatible people to share the modest living unit on the City’s lower east quarter."

Not sure what the next chapter is going to look like, but I'm going to try something new today and write a series of vignettes of scenes I've been considering throughout the book. I'm hoping when the time comes I'll be able to harvest them, or at the very least they'll plant the seed for later chapters.

That being said, in review, my writing has gotten stronger even in the past few thousand words. If I keep at it I might get to "serviceable" - something a decent editor could help me polish.

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So made the cardinal mistake of rereading the 20,000 words I've written in the novel.

It's not good. I didn't expect it to be, because rough drafts aren't supposed to be solid gold, and that's OK. But I'm honestly questioning whether I'll be able to improve on foundation once I come back around.

Writing is so hard.

"We are often more tender to the dead than to the living, though it is the living who need our tenderness the most." - Robert Macfarlane

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Just signed up for a NaNoWriMo account.

Guess I'm doing this. 💀

Yes I would like to rip off Kim Stanley Robinson's opening to Red Mars, please.

I'd like to thank this character I've written for passionately articulating the thesis of my book.

I look forward to planning his fall from grace and rejection of that thesis. To his DOOM. 😈

Setup, characters, motivations, goals, obstacles, overcome them to reveal character and move the plot forward, remember themes and thesis.

I'm starting to feel comfortable in writing scenes.

Lessons from the Screenplay did a really great analysis of the anatomy of a scene:

Gosh darn it, I can't stop my protagonist from monologuing.

Is it possible to for a character to be introspective without "telling, not showing"?

I'm trying to have a character come to a realization and for the life of me I can't figure out how to do it without describing the thoughts of a character.

"Show, don't tell," definitely makes sense in film but i'm trying to think of how this principle works in books.

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