November 12th, 2003

beartato phd

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Got some more writing in, at last. It was helpful to work top-down, writing ten sentences evenly-spaced throughout the action I wanted to happen in one chapter, and filling in filler. Broke 12k. Now even Ed's got himself on the listy thing, ahead of me, but I'm catching up. Still way behind tom and heather.
beartato phd

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There was a nice, brief, violent bit of storminess, there.

Ate some pasta. Mmm, plain pasta.

As corny as it is, I tried reading a bit of the antaŭparolo of the PIV out loud, just because I was really tripping over my own tongue noticeably last time I talked with Diana. Granted, I was also agitatedly disagreeing with the argument she was making at the time, but esperanto still doesn't totally sit perfectly in my mouth. But doing such a simple exercise reminded me that it is getting better, gradually. Things I need to fix include "ns" clusters, which I struggle not to say as "nts", which does make sense given the way english works, and inital unstressed "o"s, which I mutate to some vowel closer to "a", and really have no clue why I do that. Nonetheless, I found my tongue in just the right place at the right time a couple of times that surprised me, and no fair quoting that preceding phrase out context :) It felt much like playing the piano and finding that my fingers are already where I want them to be, a pleasant sign that I have actually learned something.

And in that vein, I tried to start retackling Hanon. Just doing exercises 1-5 a couple times completely thwarted me and my hands are all tired. I forgot it so fast...