Ink-Stained Scribe

Symptoms and Rewrites and Punishments, oh My!

So, I have been developing flu-like symptoms the past week including a sore throat, runny\stuffy nose, sneezing, sore muscles, a cough, and headaches. Luckily, there has been no fever and therefore I am deducing that I do not have the flu. I am, however, going to see a doctor this morning just to make sure.

As for rewriting...been a bit lazy this week. I have about eight pages of chapter three written...and I'm trying to figure out where to go with it. I think I have enough at the castle and I want to get Arianna out on the road. She has a first lesson with Tashda (almost finished) and I'm going to write a season-transition and then use the old chapter scene where Tashda tells her to run away.

I'm about to get a whole lot less lazy.


Ive just made a deal with Krista a la vlogbrothers. If I don't finish my rewrite by New Years, I have to eat...

those. In case you're wondering what the hell they are, the first one is called "natto", which is fermented soybeans, complete with slimy rotted coating, which stretches and stretches and never really breaks off. The stench of this food alone is enough to induce gagging. The latter is "uni", or sea urchin. The disgusting thing about this is not the fact that it's sea urchin, but the particular part of the sea urching which is consumed. If you guessed reproductive organs, you guessed right.

Oh my God. I am so finishing this rewrite by New Years.

If I don't finish the rewrite, I have to eat one of each of those things ON VIDEO.

In other news, thank you, thank you, thank you to Krista, who has found FOUR of the books on my list and, in return for a few foodish items from Japan, is sending them to me! The list is now thus:

1. An Abundance of Katherine's (By John Green)
2. Looking for Alaska (also by John Green)
3. The Goose Girl (by Shannon Hale)
4. Infinite Jest (by the late David Foster Wallace)
5. American Gods (by Neil Gaiman)
6. Austenland (also by Shannon Hale)
7. Paper Towns (also by John Green)
8. 13 Little Blue Envelopes (by Maureen Johnson)
9. A Knot in the Grain (by Robin McKinley)
10. Let it Snow (by John Green)

Cool bit? She found them all online for UNDER A DOLLAR EACH! Krista--you are the thrift queen.