Promises to be an interesting couple of weeks ahead: what will either be a productive or highly entertaining Hypergraphics meeting, the results of all those damn post-cancer tests taking in the first half the year, a dentist appointment, a vet appointment that I still need to make, and then, at long last, World Con.
Precisely two weeks from now, I will be packing my bags (and re-packing, and fussing, and making my innumerable lists) for the long and winding bus trip to Montreal. I will end up having a full nine days off, with World Con lovingly snuggled right in the middle for me to work myself up into a frenzy and then have two days to cool off after my return. I hear the post-Con blues can be a mighty terrible thing but I am hoping that overall I will be more up than down when it’s all said and done and that it translates directly to my writing.
When I was trying to describe to someone at work what the purpose of the new blog was, I found myself hung up on a word. You know, when there is a specific word that you know, that you need, but for the life of you your tongue will not speak it and your brain will be reduced to a hamster wheel as you furiously churn trying to remember what it is. Normally I have at least a sound in my head associated with the word. “It’s a c-word,” I said, absolutely obsessed, groping for the word. But the word didn’t come to me until two days later, when it burst forth as I was only tangentially thinking of the blog in the first place. Accountability! That was the word.
But then I was befuddled. Why did I think it was a c-word? Was it because the first word was a vowel? Didn’t seem like it. And then it hit me — I remembered the ‘c’ sound because it is the stress syllable of the word. It’s a-COUNT-a-bil-i-ty, not A-count-a-bil-i-ty. Not that I have a ton of proof to go on. It’s just a hunch, but it rings familiar to other experiences where I couldn’t remember the word, finally figured it out, and the sound I associated with it was not the first letter of the word — unless the stress syllable was the first word. I’m going to keep tabs on that, as I forget words too damn often, and see if the rule bares out. I think it will, though I don’t know why.
Anywho, the plan is to type in the words I’ve written long hand and … that’s likely just been scrubbed because the tentative program for World Con has just been posted.