October 1st, 2006

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The October country

Maybe October will be better for everyone. Here's hoping.

Lamictal, day thirty: I'm up to 100 mg, which is double what I was taking on Friday. Still having a hard time reading, which is kind of bad, as I have a whole pile of Gothic short stories to (re)read--I'm going to put some links and notes into the wiki, which now has 124 pages (to be fair, some of these are "Rose: See [Rose Hannah Munro]"-type redirect pages). I have fantastic concentration for staring off into space and listening to music with a blank expression, however.

While we're on the subject, here's an example of what you might want to do with a writer's notebook-type wiki. (Can you tell I'd been thinking about this a lot? The only thing I'd been lacking, really, was a site easy enough to use, and I pretty much have that now.) I set up a character template entry that I can copy the code from and paste into any new page about a character. It's an outline with topics like Name (not just the name, period, but how or why I chose that name), Appearance, Temperament, History, and a Miscellaneous category for weird little things I sometimes come up with. Like, songs that remind me of that character, or what I think their astrological sign is, or their favorite foods or colors or whatever. (Actually, a Likes and Dislikes category would be better for that last one...) The thing is, you don't have to fill in any of these. It's just there on the page in case you do happen to think of something, or in case having that prompt makes you think of something.

I'm also setting up pages for different locations (London, Paris, etc.) where I can store and organize all my research links. On one hand, yes, something could catastrophic happen to PB Wiki and I could lose all my work. On the other hand, however, something catastrophic could happen to to my computer. On the balance, using the Wiki to back things up seems like a good idea.

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