February 4th, 2005


This Day In History, 2004: Same-Sex Marriage

On February 4, 2004, a year ago today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court underscored its ruling of November 2003 granting same-sex couples the right to marry. The state Senate had requested a ruling on whether a form of civil union system such as the one developed in Vermont would satisfy the Court's previous ruling. The court rejected using civil unions as a remedy, "Because the proposed law by its express terms forbids same-sex couples entry into civil marriage, it continues to relegate same-sex couples to a different status. ... The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal." Civil unions grant couples most of the rights of state civil marriages, except the name, but provide none of the federal benefits of marriage, such as Social Security benefits.

Reference: http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/02/04/gay.marriage/

Novel Progress: 70,000 Words

For those of you keeping track at home...

As of this morning, I hit 70,000 words with the novel. Breaking it down a bit:

Part One, which I finished a while ago, was supposed to be about 33,000 words. It ended up at 45,500 words.

Part Two is the section I'm working on now. It's also supposed to end up at 33,000 words. Right now, it's at 24,500, and I expect that it'll take more than 8500 words to write all the scenes that are still missing. My main character has to escape an assassin who has been sent to kill her, then testify at his trial, interrogate him, get appointed to a position in her community... Yeah, there's a lot that has to happen.

The step sheet for Part Three hasn't been completely outlined yet, but I know how the whole thing is supposed to end.

I see that I reached 60,000 words on January 20. That means it has taken me about 15 days to write 10,000 words, which averages out to 666 words a day.

Of course, I'm not writing on every single one of those days, because I'm not writing on weekends. In reality, I only wrote on 8 of those days, which averages out to 1250 words per writing day. Given that I'm now aiming for what I call the "Bob Greenberger" quota of 1500 words a day, it looks like I'm doing okay. (I have to admit that I don't meet that quota every day; some days I've written under 1000 words, due to the vagaries of life's existence. But I do keep that quota goal in mind.)

Also, to be fair, I didn't write on either Friday, January 21 or Friday, January 28, when I should have; the first of those Fridays coincided with Arisia, which kept me busy; the second one coincided with my having hot chocolate with a former student in the morning, which discombobulated my schedule. Taking those two days into account, my overall average per day I was supposed to write is only 1000 words -- which is still more per day than at least one Hugo and Nebula winner I know who supports himself entirely with his writing.

And, to finish off, I've actually only done 750 words so far today. But I may not manage another 750 because I have a meeting for my part-time tutoring gig that I'm required to attend, and with it being winter, shabbat starts as early as quarter to five.

I'll meet you back here with another one of these posts in 10,000 more words.