I applied for membership.

I’m one of the slowest writers on earth.

I say this as someone who actually completed a NaNoWriMo project a few years back and did a good enough job that it ended up in print.

I know a good number of you guys bought it. I don’t know how long it’s been since you read it, but I wouldn’t mind getting some feedback from readers. (I have heard from a couple of you, however. I remember the bruises on my shins.)

I think my wordcount record (for something publishable, anyway) for any 24-hour period is around 6,500 words. I average around 300 words per hour–about a page an hour–for something a little bit better than first-draft quality, but not quite completely polished. That sort of thing is quite rare, though.

I’m pretty proud that last night I sat down and banged out nearly two thousand words in maybe three hours, about as polished as I can make them. Might even see print, as it was a pseudo-commissioned piece.

About zombies. I’ll take what I can get.

In other news I just applied for membership in the Order of the Science Scouts of Exceptional Repute and Above Average Physique. I’m already entitled to at least twenty-five patches. See below.

Order of the Science Scouts of Exceptional Repute and Above Average PhysiqueOrder of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique
Talking Science
“Talking Science”
MacGyver
“MacGyver”
I've been rejected by the New Yorker
“I’ve been rejected by the New Yorker”
I blog about science
“I blog about science”
Arts and Crafts
“Arts and Crafts”
I'm pretty confident around an open flame
“I’m pretty confident around an open flame”
Inappropriate nocturnal use of lab equipment in the name of alternative science experimentation / communication
“Inappropriate nocturnal use of lab equipment in the name of alternative science experimentation / communication”
Destroyer of Quackery
“Destroyer of Quackery”
I may look like a scientist but I'm actually also a ninja
“I may look like a scientist but I’m actually also a ninja”
Sexing up Science
“Sexing up Science”
My degree inadvertantly makes me competent in fixing household appliances
“My degree (or degree equivalent) inadvertantly makes me competent in fixing household appliances”
I can be a prick when it comes to science
“I can be a prick when it comes to science”
I left the respectable sciences to pursue humanistic studies of the sciences
“I left the respectable sciences to pursue humanistic studies of the sciences”
Will glady kick sexual harasser's ass
“Will glady kick sexual harasser’s ass”
Has frozen stuff just to see what happens I
“Has frozen stuff just to see what happens I”
Has frozen stuff just to see what happens II
“Has frozen stuff just to see what happens II”
Has frozen stuff just to see what happens III
“Has frozen stuff just to see what happens III”
Dodger of Monkey Shit
“Dodger of Monkey Shit”
I will crush you with my math prowess
“I will crush you with my math prowess”
Inordinately fond of invertebrates
“Inordinately fond of invertebrates”
Pharma Shill
“Pharma Shill”
I know what a tadpole is
“I know what a tadpole is”
Experienced with electrical shock I
“Experienced with electrical shock I”
Experienced with electrical shock II
“Experienced with electrical shock II”
Experienced with electrical shock III
“Experienced with electrical shock III”

I will happily provide anecdotes supporting any of the earned patches upon request.

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February 16, 2007 · by Laszlo Xalieri · Posted in Everything Else  
    

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