Oh, and while moving stuff out of the room, I found several piles of dog poop in the attic. I guess they need a place to go in an emergency, but eeuw.
Carpet's gone, pad's gone, we pulled about 100 tacks and staples out of the floor, and it all goes out for the trashperson tomorrow.
Underneath? Really quite wonderful hardwood flooring. Which is scuffed a bit, to be sure, but nothing a bit of sanding and refinishing won't fix.
And now? I'm sore. Everything from about ribcage down feels like I'm coming down with the flu. It's mostly OK if I don't move around too much, but I really can't move very fast, and was having some trouble keeping the clutch all the way down while waiting for stoplights over the weekend.
So the undergrad we had working for us doing research this summer finished his paper, if not quite on schedule, mostly due to file format issues (pdf vs postscript level 1 vs level 2). But it's done now, and he's giving a talk on it on Wednesday. And then we're paying to fly him to the astronomical society meeting in January to talk about it.
We're hoping that a bit of further work this fall can make this into a research paper, suitable for submission to the journals. That'd look good on his grad school applications.
I offered him a copy of my nano in exchange for his paper. He seemed suitably impressed that somebody he actually knows has really written a novel.
Speaking of the novel, I'm 12 chapters into the revision, and came to a grinding halt (again) over continuity issues. It's easier to keep continuity things in mind when you're writing the whole thing in a sprint. But I wanted to move one plot element forward a dozen chapters or so, and oddly whenever I write about it, it's from a perspective later in the novel than where I'm trying to put it.
I've never revised a novel before. And I suppose it shows.
I'm beginning to think we really should do that "Late Submission Fun Challenge" thing I talked about a while back. All those *FCs you were really going to enter but didn't get around to... this'd be your chance, with a gentle push, to finish the song, story, photograph, spoken word blurb, comic, or whatever. And post it for the rest of us to see.
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