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  • Monday
    Possibly on the mend

    This ongoing illness has finally snapped into a pattern I've seen before, and I didn't like it much then:

    The medical profession's answer to my ongoing cough is a nasty lozenge seemingly made from the bowls in which Chia Pets are grown, which, I am told, will actually increase the level of coughing. It is a measure of how bad things are that I accepted this at face value.

    This particular version of the ailment dates back to 2001; it began during a 4444-mile (literally) road trip, and persisted long after I'd left the driver's seat.   The general feeling is that of having one's lungs filled with cotton candy, and not a good flavor of cotton candy either.

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  • 2w, 1d
    Little to hope for

    About an hour into the workday today, I got hit with what might be an ordinary rhinovirus -- or it might not.  It continues to get worse, and it's doubtful whether I'll get any sleep tonight.

    Perversely, I have a trip to the doctor scheduled for tomorrow; the appointment was made three weeks ago.   And failure to sleep is one of the few ailments that make me want to end it all: I'm too old to fight these things anymore.  (Oh, and someone gave me a downvote today, which exacerbates the turmoil.)   I have two weeks of vacation saved up; but if I'm going to be miserable the whole time, why bother?

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  • 2w, 4d
    It's become a reflex

    Saturday I was coming home from the grocery store, and up the street marched three girls, clearly led by the one in the center.  In days of old I'd have thought Heathers; this time I thought Dazzlings.  For all I know, the one on the right may have been carrying a taco.   Either way, it was unexpected, my neighborhood being basically split between young families and old empty-nesters.  (I am, of course, one of the latter.)   This is a two-lane street with parking along one side only; they allowed me exactly enough room for my Large Automobile, and no more.  If nothing else, they had the attitude.

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  • 4w, 5d
    Musical notes, so to speak

    The third Soft Spectrum album has been released, and like its predecessors, it's a showcase for chill, a genre -- at least, I think it's a genre -- that I have found welcoming in the past.  The series is presided over by Kyoga, who has composed some stuff that makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  

    Also like its predecessors, it's a charity affair: the $5 they're asking for the ten tracks will go to Bronies For Good.   (As is my wont, I tossed in slightly more.)   If you go for this sort of thing, here's where you get it.

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  • 6w, 4d
    Having perhaps overdone it

    If I'm interpreting the new status indicators correctly — and who says I am? — I got to my 1000th favorite this weekend.  Assuming I'm running my usual pace, this means I've read somewhere around 1800 stories in the last 27 months.  (Blatant selection bias: I'm far more likely to start a story if something about it suggests I'll want to keep up with it.)

    The most recent addition is flawed and would benefit from a proofreader, but the premise — earth pony seeks a mechanical means of flight — appealed to me.

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Counting words · 4:27pm

I am becoming persuaded that every editor in existence counts them differently.  Google is full of people who have found discrepancies between how many words they think they wrote and how many words Microsoft Word thinks they wrote.

I didn't pay any attention to this phenomenon, of course, until I landed here.  I wrote The Sparkle Chronicles in the WordPress editor, since it's the one I use most often these days.  The three chapters published here so far are listed at 3278 + 2830 + 3886 = 9994 words.  WordPress says 3186 + 2727 + 3720 = 9633.

None of this presents any particular problem -- I mean, it's not like I get paid by the word for anything I write, and I'm not going to sit here all day and count words myself -- but it is the sort of thing I agonize over for No Good Reason At All.

Dusty Sage · 176 views · Report
#1 · 123w, 5d ago · · ·

Well, that's an interesting glitch. Does it count non-word characters like punctuation?

#2 · 123w, 5d ago · · ·

I'm really not sure where the discrepancies fall.  I know WordPress doesn't count anything inside an anchor link, but since there aren't any in the story, that can't account for it.

Perhaps it's in how compound words are figured.  ("Two-hooved drinkers" might be two words in one editor, three in another.)  I don't really consider this a "glitch," which implies that something is doing something other than what it's intended to do.  And really, I wouldn't blame the FF crew for using a broad definition of "words," inasmuch as you have to have at least a thousand of them in your opening chapter.

#3 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

And just to indulge my OCD: I put back in 51 (per WordPress) or 52 (per FIMFiction) words I'd struck from Chapter 3.  (They're at the bottom.)  Counting by hand (or hoof, I suppose), I get 52, so maybe it's that WP is undercounting by a shade.

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