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Weird linguistics

Aug. 25th, 2016 | 09:57 am
mood: busybusy

I've been practicing Finnish in the car, and have yet to get past lesson two, mostly because I have doubts about my pronunciation.

I do fine as long as the Finnish words don't have cognates in English. When they do? Yeah, that's where I struggle. Here's the problem: Finnish stresses the first syllable.

For example, the Finnish word for American is amerikkalainen.

It's hard not to say A-MER-ikalainen. But the accent is supposed to be on the first syllable, so it's Amerikkalainen. I keep saying it wrong.

The word for English? englantia. Not En-GLAN-tia, but EN-glantia.

It's weird, so I just keep practicing those two lessons.

This makes me think hard about the Dreaming Death series, where the primary language spoken is loosely based on Turkish. (It's supposed to be a pidgin, but has a lot of rules stolen from Turkish, including the weird think where the emphasis is on the final syllable. If you add a suffix, then the emphasis shifts along with it. That seems odd to me, but rules are rules.)

So I'm thinking that if I'm struggling with the Finnish thing, then someone speaking Anvarrid would find it even harder, since they're accustomed to the accent being at the end, not the beginning.

Just a weird linguistics thought.

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Ah, high school...

Jul. 25th, 2016 | 05:23 am
mood: blase
music: school anthem

I was thinking about posting about how rough the last two years have been, but have decided that no one wants to hear it again. (I was mulling this over because I'm on a panel this next weekend entitled "Career Management for Writers", so that's brought a lot of my contemplation about my situation to the fore...and it occurs to me that I'm just damned tired of it.)

So the current going meme, I'm not big on these, but as long as I don't reveal any password information, this one should be safe.

1. Did you know your spouse? No.

2. Did you car pool to school? I walked. It was about a mile. Turned 16 during my senior year and after that I drove most days.

3. What kind of car did you have? I drove a 1964 T-bird.

4. What kind of car do you have now? Ford Edge.

5. It's Friday night...where were you? Likely at home. I wasn't very social. If I was out, it was probably a church function.

6. What kind of job did you have in high school? I worked at Der Weinerschnitzel

7. What kind of job do you have now? Housewife/writer

8. Were you a party animal? No. Not in any way.

9. Were you a cheerleader? No.

10. Were you considered a jock? No.

11. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? I was in choir up to my senior year. That year the tryouts required sight-singing. Since I can't read music, I bailed.


13. Did you get suspended or expelled? No. In high school I ditched classes a lot, but the school was so crowded, no one cared. I also attended detention voluntarily because I didn't want to carry schoolbooks home, so I just used detention time as a spare homework period.

14. Can you sing the fight song? You bet I can! Eastwood, Queen of High Schools, Home of the Troopers bold, we love your colors bright and glorious, blue and gold....
(This is no longer the song, though.)

15. Who was/were your favorite high school teacher? Mr. Fisher, Biology. Mrs. Love, English 3

16. Where did you sit for lunch? I skipped lunch and worked in the library instead.

17. What was your school mascot? Troopers

18. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Heavens, no.

19. Did you have fun at Prom? No prom my senior year (I did not have a junior year). Graduating class was too large to handle.

20. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? See above.

21. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? Again, NO.

22. Are you still in contact with people from school? One person, and we're not close.

23. What are/were your school's colors? Blue and Gold

Possibly the most boring three years of my life.

I don't want you to think I hated high school, but I didn't relate well to my school-grade peers (and I was two years younger than most of them.) The things they were concerned about didn't really interest me.

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Two days worth

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AOS Season Finale

May. 18th, 2016 | 10:56 am

So, I was proven correct in which individual they were hinting about.

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I'm also currently working my way through Murdoch Mysteries.

I'm far enough in that I'm seriously bored with Murdoch and Julia. I'm at the point where it looks like the writers may be splitting up George and Dr. Grace...and that does annoy me.

I don't carry a torch for the duo. Instead, I just don't want them making George unhappy. That would seriously piss me off.

Be nice to George. He's a sparkly ray of sunshine.

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Accountability posts...

May. 18th, 2016 | 10:18 am

I've posted for the last couple of days, including a string of food pics. I'm trying to keep those behind the cut so they don't clutter up people's feeds, but I do know the phone app is showing at least one, so....sorry if it bothers anyone.

Basically, I'm using the app to keep track of what I'm eating. No biggie.

I've reached that point in life where, to get my weight under control, I will have to eat less, every day, forever.

This is part age, part post-surgery truth. I did try keeping a food journal, but it turns out I'm just too lazy to do so. (Also, because most things are fresh or cooked from scratch, it's kinda hard to know the calories.)

So instead, I'm just documenting the portion size by taking a pic with my phone. I can upload it roughly daily, and that's enough to keep me accountable.

Last night was the first time eating out, and I was incredibly conscious of "I'm going to have to post a pic of my Chinese food"...so instead of ordering off the menu, I asked if they could just prepare me chicken and broccoli. Which they did, and it was quite tasty and surely fewer calories than the normal orange or lemon chicken I get there.

In that way, it's already worked. It makes me hyper-conscious of what's going onto my plate.

No one needs to look at those pics. They're really there for me, but you can if you want. (I hate veggies, BTW, which is why there's so much fruit.)

And I hope that, in time, I won't need to think about every single meal. But somehow, I doubt it. I like food.

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Accountability today.

May. 17th, 2016 | 06:29 pm

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Just keeping track.

May. 16th, 2016 | 06:38 pm

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Reading Reviews

Feb. 26th, 2016 | 02:52 pm

I love people who leave reviews, I truly do!

However, I don't read them.  This is nothing against people who review. It's me. I'm one of those people who gets all squicky inside when I read a review, even if it's a good review. There's always something that the reviewer wants me to fix, and since the book's already published, I can't.

But today my agent asked me for a list of quotes from reviews, so to get that I had to go online and try to find a handful of reviews to quote.

That means reading my reviews. ::shudders::

Now, Dreaming Death is looking to be a pretty solid 4. So that's not bad. But reading through all the reviews is still uncomfortable.

Also, reviewers don't always have a "money" line that I can quote, so I often can't pull anything from a review. But here's what I've got...

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And now I shall return to the eleventy seven other things I'm working on...

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Weekend(ish project)...new Roman shades.

Feb. 23rd, 2016 | 03:48 pm
mood: Glad it's done.

We've been working on replacing some of the tired old 'wood' blinds in this house, most of them with Roman Shades. In the dining room, we took down the old shades to discover that some short cuts had been taking when painting. Yep...they didn't even bother to pull down the blinds while painting. Ugh!

So this is the old blinds,

And here are the new shades (with a new rug). I did paint the casement before putting up the new shades.

The kitchen has a lot of blinds, so we replaced those, too...

Here's the bay of windows:

With blinds removed and paint/caulking cleaned up.

And here we have the new Roman shades.

This is one of the unfortunate things we're facing throughout this house. The previous previous (we think) homeowner did a super sloppy paint job, leaving us with things like paint all over the aluminum windows. It can be worked off with paint stripper, but since I have dogs, I don't want to mess with that. So I'll clean up what I can of the mess, and live with the inperfections until we someday replace these windows (which are single-pane aluminum.)

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