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Various things
Well, still on NaNo schedule, though I put in my word count after midnight last night, thereby making my little counter thing look weird. I am convinced that I'm now delving too much into the dialogue and personal lives, and there's no reason for the politics to be what they are, and the villain's clichéd, but hell, I'm just making word count, right? I'll finish it and then let the editor in. That's the idea, isn't it? And if it's a horrible book, at least it will be a finished horrible book.

I know I'm not the biggest supporter of the phrase, "But it's my interpretation!!!" to support very bizarre interpretations that have nothing to do with the text, but I also really wish that kids understood that interpretation is individual, to some extent at least. "What if I get the poem interpretation wrong?" Well, I'm not going to say that there's no such thing as a wrong interpretation of something--reading "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening" as a product endorsement for Skidoo snowmobiles is, I think, off-base--but if you can tie an interpretation to the text, make sense of it in terms of larger themes, and defend it... then, well... isn't that what an interpretation assignment is for? To learn to do that? Can't we hit a happy medium between "Tell me the right answer" and "Text is irrelevant"?

I'm pleased with the behavior following the elections so far, at least in my sphere. Both Patrick's victory speech and Healey's concession speech were strong and suggested that we'll make a good, solid transition. No paranoid tangents about vote-fixing anywhere that I've heard of. Yet.
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gehayi From: gehayi Date: November 9th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
You're way ahead of me. Of course, I'm figuring on going on with the book after the month is up, because I SO know that it's not going to be finished by December 1. (I'll be satisfied if I get 25K done in a month's time, because it usually takes me about a month to produce 5K.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 9th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
If 5K is normal, 25K would be great... I'd consider that winning the month! :)
From: tunxeh Date: November 9th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure you wanted to know about this, but: a paranoid tangent about vote fixing.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 9th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Sigh. Oh, well. I've mostly been watching the Republicans, since they were the big losers, and I've only been seeing stuff like, "Yeah, the voters took us out to the woodshed... how do we fix this by 2008?" Almost... rational.

But I should have realized that some race, somewhere was going to get what's turning into a regular Election Day tradition.
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: November 9th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interpretation is a tricky thing. I don't think a book question necessarily always has one right answer, but some things really are the right answer.

But if HP fandom's taught me one thing, it's that people can interpret stuff all kinds of ways. Granted, some interpretation is probably a result of fandom, but still... people have multiple ways of seeing things. I think it depends on the way you take things - I tend to be a bit of a pacifist, so I interpreted the Weasley twins' throwing Montague down a cabinet as bullying, whereas others interpreted it as comic relief. I don't think they're right or wrong, and I don't think I'm right or wrong. However, I think there are things very much established. Sirius is Harry's Godfather; James is Harry's father. But that's not interpretation so much as canon fact.

vytresna From: vytresna Date: November 9th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I interpreted the Weasley twins' throwing Montague down a cabinet as bullying, whereas others interpreted it as comic relief.

And I interpret it as a plot point, having paid it no attention in OotP.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 9th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
And in OotP, it was mostly stacked up for me as "Dumb things teenagers are prone to do without thinking about it," and, yes, as a plot point in HBP.
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