"All words are symbols that represent unspeakable realities. Which is also why words are magical." (Donald Miller tweet)

Tuesday, July 07, 2015


I'm working away on this paper that I've been telling you about. If I'm good - today's work will get me over the hump.

Someone asked me if that meant I would be finished.
I laughed, with a note of hysteria.
No ... no, it doesn't mean that I will be finished.
But I will be in the second half.

My goal today is to finish taking all the sources that have been previously sorted into an outline (a laborious task on its own), and write sentences and quotes from all those sources. If I can get over THAT hump, I can then take aaaallll those sentences and quotes, along with the outline, and begin some massive editing that will eventually form a cogent argument.

I know you're excited about that.

Anyway. I've discovered that while viewing a journal article on one part of the screen, I can dictate thoughts from it onto another part of the screen. However, my MacBook does have limitations, no matter how clearly I enunciate.

For your amusement - the following is a list of "what I said" and "what my MacBook heard" from today's endeavours.

What I Said:  "youth"
What It Heard: "use"
*over and over and over and over and over and over and over again

What I Said: "Donetsk, Lviv and Kyiv"
What It Heard: "and yet, leave, and Kia's"
*helloooooo, the car of choice in Ukraine is a Lada, not a Kia

What I Said: "Soviet nostalgia"
What It Heard: "Soviet missed object"
*the Soviets missed SOMETHING, that's for sure

What I Said: "Galicia and the Donbas"

What It Heard: "DiLisio and the Don boss"
*I understand not hearing "Galicia" correctly; but "DiLisio" is a pretty specific substitute, don't you think? Not to be confused with the pizza, I presume.

What I Said: "broad-based equilibrium"
What It Heard: "broth-based equilibrium"
*Maybe if all of society just had a nice cup of broth, we could be less volatile.

What I Said: "deep-seated reforms"
What It Heard: "deep-see that performs"
*I can't even ... what could that possibly even mean?!



That's that.


old_black said...

The logistical aspects of 'writing' while looking at lots of different sources are very challenging, aren't they? I did this sort of thing back in the days of paper and had to set aside a very big table to lay it all out. And all that's quite apart from the issue of having something sensible to say. I eventually got on top of the former, but the latter is still lacking.

Patti said...

hey old_black ... I've done it on paper too, during my first degree stint. I'm trying to force myself not to default there, but it takes a little getting used to, having it all on a screen. I need multiple screens, I think! :)