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NaNoWriMo, Day 14

by on November 14, 2015

Word count: 17,591. I have introduced a tentatively minor character named Harrigan. I don’t know if he’ll last a while, as he’s probably going to be the minion whom Darlene knocks out to get to the Big Bad in her current situation, but even so, at least he’s there. And I get to reference the classic song, “Harrigan, that’s me!” Anywho.
I also restarted an audiobook listen of Moby Dick, the original Great American Novel. I think it does better as an audiobook, honestly. I read it once in my teens and found it terrifically boring. But a good audiobook reader (Frank Muller, in this case) can make even a dry chapter about the classifications of various whales interesting. And, of course, Melville had a certain flair for commentary. For instance:

The act of paying is perhaps the most uncomfortable infliction that the two orchard thieves entailed upon us. But BEING PAID,–what will compare with it? The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no account can a monied man enter heaven. Ah! how cheerfully we consign ourselves to perdition!


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