Camp NaNo day 10: CHORES

Camp NaNoWriMo word count: 14,016 as of 6:30am on Wednesday, mostly journaling here and working on the essay, which I submitted yesterday (incorrectly, as it turns out).

Revised novel EMD word count holding steady: 74,883

This is my fifth National Novel Writing Month event. I have written three 76k manuscripts in November 2016, 2017, and 2018. Last April I wrote the draft of a novella or novelette, a more modest goal. Rewriting and expanding that piece was part of my project in November. This April I set a modest goal of 10k. I have exceeded the word count thanks to journaling, and I am pretty much on tract to complete four pieces for submissions. I suppose this is the result of quitting Facebook last month.

It’s a sad day when The Guardian covers a U.S. political story better than The Washington Post. I couldn’t even find the story in The New York Times this morning. Brett Kavanaugh was disinvited to teach at Harvard because students protested his impact on campus:

There, four students wrote an op-ed in the Harvard Law Record, saying that an “opportunity to learn about the supreme court might not be equally available to women because many will self-select out of a class taught by a credibly accused sexual assailant”. Harvard announced in October that Kavanaugh said he could no longer commit to teaching at the school.—The Guardian

But this year George Mason signed a multi-year contract with Brett Kavanaugh and students there are upset too.

Law school faculty approved Kavanaugh’s appointment in January, according to the university, but his hire was first reported on 22 March by the George Mason student newspaper, the Fourth Estate.

Soon after Kavanaugh’s hiring became public, Mason For Survivors, a student group of sexual assault survivors and their advocates, created a petition and began hosting protests against Kavanaugh’s hiring.

“There is a historic amount of institutional negligence on your part to support survivors of sexual assault and the student body as a whole,” reads the petition, which is addressed to the administration of the university and has received more than 3,000 signatures.

The anger over the school’s hire is a stark reminder of the controversy that enveloped Kavanaugh last fall when he was appointed to the court.—The Guardian

In a particularly painful twist, “the course is slated to be held in the bucolic setting of Runnymede, where Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, and where George Mason University has located its Antonin Scalia Law School.” Sometimes I wonder.

In the mean time, our neighbors are hustling around in an attempt to disguise that they built three structures without bothering to apply for permits and without approval or inspections. That they also allowed trash and concrete to be dumped in a wetland . . . and that’s just the easy part to clean up, though it is the most distressing to the owners of the trashed property.

And it’s Camp NaNo!

I should be working on fiction. I know I have work to do on “Butterfly Fontanel” but cannot seem to get myself going. And I only have 6 days before I need to go back to work on the novel. I think I will be glad to look at it again. If I were willing to waste paper, I would print it off and read it from the beginning, but the truth is that every time I try doing that, the paper copy languishes. And I know it benefits from a hard copy review . . . or I think it does. At the very least, I need to begin reading Part 2 and see how that section flows. Section 3 has not had any sort of overview. And again, truth is that I have pasted in thousands of words and discarded more thousands without full oversight. It is my hurryhurryhurry. 

Also, I wanted a new Louise DeFleur story. That hasn’t even begun. The day after tomorrow I am meeting with a friend and I need to have something to share. 

Yesterday, Gary finished cleaning the kitchen and the bedroom and still has the bathroom to clean. He vacuumed and washed down all the walls this week (he hopes I will not have to do mire than touch up the paint) and scrubbed the windows in the living room so it all looks a lot better. I put two coats of paint on the new front door and its frame—the outside and edges of the door, the inside of the frame. It needs a week to fully cure and then I will flip it all over and get a first coat on the inside of the door and the outside of the frame before it;’s installed. I had ripped out the baby blanket I was knitting, sent off the yarn I did not like to exchange for another color, and started over with a new plan.

We are determined to have a slower day today and to get our walk. We don’t mind a little rain (we have rain gear), but we do generally avoid a full gale.

And it’s still NaNo.

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