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November 26th, 2005
11:52 pm


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I win
I finished my paper on HPV (human papillomavirus -- implicated in over 97% of cervical cancers; possibly linked to other cancers of the skin and mucous membranes) and submitted it before the deadline.

I have no idea when or why writing nonfiction got to feeling so damn tedious. I remember when I was working for O'Reilly and thought documenting C News and NNTP in comprehensible English was a fun challenge. These days, writing seems more like extracting blood with a pumice stone. Not only is it painful, messy, and low-yield, it's a nuisance to get the blood out of the keyboard afterwards.

Still, done. So maybe I can be asleep before midnight for a change.

Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Current Music: Cocteau Twins and Harold Budd - The Moon And The Melodies - "She Will Destroy You"

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Date:November 27th, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
I found the hardest part of writing on command for school was working up enthusiasm for what I was writing, i.e. do I really want to write what I'm writing? Is it a position I believe in and can argue/defend?

It's a lot harder to write about something you don't find interesting, even artificially.
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Date:November 27th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in reading the paper on HPV, if it's easy to show (and if you don't mind showing it). I'm wondering if warts found on normal skin are connected with the HPV kind.

I'm not sure what factors would cause writing to be more tedious... it could be that the subject matter wasn't what interests you naturally, or could be a side effect of getting less sleep. There have been some interesting studies about how sleep is important for transferring short-term memories into long-term memories, though don't tell that to most college students :)
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Date:November 29th, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
I'm wondering if warts found on normal skin are connected with the HPV kind.

Short form: yes.
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