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Last night, after Amir and I saw "The Fourth Kind," WHICH I ADORED even if I didn't believe one iota of it (Alien abductions! Alaska! Ancient Sumerian! What's not to like? Well, actually, Amir didn't like it, alas), we stopped at Krispy Kreme. We were just going to get a half dozen donuts, when the guy tells us, "Go ahead, pick out two more. It's on me."

That made my night, especially after how jaded lately I've become about humanity. It's nice to have random acts of kindness.

Also, I am plugging along for NaNoWriMo. I can't say my word count has yet increased above 3,000, but I have added incentive to write. I made a deal with Amir to write more if he finished his term paper. (He wanted to drop the class but it was past the deadline for dropping, so he wanted to fail the class and retake it when it was actually in-class and not an online class. However, it would cost $1,400, so I made a deal with him to at least write a craptacular version and try to pass.)

I'm having trouble, though, because I am such a perfectionist. I wish I could just write, but writing something historical--based on Parthia aka Persia in 4AD--is difficult. I'm writing when I hit a roadblock of questions: What are the cultural attitudes? What morality do these people have? Would a woman traveling across the "known world," Rome, Parthia, what is now Afghanistan, be able to travel alone, or would she have to disguise herself as a man? I know with NaNoWriMo, the goal is just getting it down, but I don't want to write 50,000 words I'm going to have to throw away because I have the characters have unrealistic motivations.


Jessica and I may have some write-in times, so hopefully, I can get these questions answered somewhere. I tried my dad the history teacher, who just told me to go to a library :-(

Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this year besides me and jessikanesis?

(As an aside, on one of the many occasions where I got distracted, I got on LinkedIn and saw that one of Yohann's friends works for Vogue. How did I not know this?)

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Have you tried the historical fiction forum on the nanowrimo website? People are always posting questions there for other people to research and answer.

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