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OUT OF CONTEXT
November 02 2023
Almost two months ago Kelly, my editor at CursedDragonShip Publishing, called me and went over the outline I had sent her for book two in the Not Quite Legendary series.
I’d decided the book would focus on secondary characters from The Twelve Trials of Doug, Doug’s brother Modifixeus and the curse-free Gorgon Medusa. I was going to call it Medusa and Mod’s Oddity Odyssey. I had a pretty solid idea of what I wanted the next book to be, and had about 30,000 words or so written of it. I was feeling pretty confident in the story and where it was heading.
Then Kelly, god bless her, torpedoed me hard.
All the points she brought up were excellent and insightful. She felt her suggestions would elevate my storytelling to a higher level, and she is most likely right (We’ll have to wait and see how that goes). She had faith I could make the changes she was suggesting work.
I have a philosophy that you listen to your editor, unless you have a really, really good reason not to.
I didn’t have a good enough argument not to do what she was asking.
The changes left me with the title of the book. I was able to salvage about 5,000 words of what I had already written. Not ideal, but workable.
Then she told me the deadline for the rough draft. November 4th.
“That’s really soon,” I said, flop sweat already preparing itself in my armpits.
“That’s two months away. You can do it,” Kelly said.
“Seven weeks,” I replied.
“Two months,” she repeated.
Never argue with your editor, even if she can’t decipher a calendar. (Just joking, Kelly. Please don’t hit me with the motivation rod again.)
You’ll notice that the writing date of this newsletter is November 2nd. And, to answer the obvious question, no I have not finished the novel, but I am close enough that I will have the first draft wrapped up and turned in to Kelly on the fourth of the month.
Thank you, Kelly, for challenging me and pushing me. Seven weeks(two months) to write a novel is not a bad thing for me to have accomplished. With all the life stress I’ve had going on I still managed to make it happen.
It is a good thing to know what you are capable of. I can write a novel in less than two months. If life gives me a break I think I could do it quite a bit faster than that.
Kelly said in an update from CursedDragonShip that those signed up for my newsletter will be getting an advance copy of The Twelve Trials of Doug with one of my newsletters. That’s a great reason to sign up! Do it!
Go to paperhillwriting.com or jeremybrundage.com and click on the link on any of the pages to add yourself onto my mailing list!
As always, I’ll have a little something in each email, and then you won’t have to search for that funny little story I shared on FaceBook because it will be right in your inbox! How cool is that?
I have another section of the dictionary from The Twelve Trials of Doug to tide you over until next month.
Satyr plural Satyrs - ˈsā-tər, ˈsā-tərs
Hardcore goat or horsemen with a wicked sense of humor. Overly fond of Dyonisian virtues. Bold, brash, bawdy boozers. You can usually smell where their last party happened.
Nymph plural Nymphs - nim(p)f, nim(p)fs
Minor deities of the forest, waters, mountains, or trees often depicted as beautiful, young women. The cute girl at the nature co-op that everyone wants to date.
Sigma Chi - Ͼ Χ - sig-mə kī
The Greek lettering system to denote Frats and Sororities came about because the members were trying to prove they were better and more educated than everyone else. Really. That message has somehow been lost and the words now are mostly associated with the years of college you can’t remember because you “had a good time”.
Diples - thip-lez
Deep-fried rolls of thin flaky pastry drizzled with honey and sprinkled with chopped walnuts. Crispy. Crunchy. Flaky.
Warning: Contains nuts.
Barry White - bä-ˈrē ˈ(h)wīt
King of boudoir disco. Smooth, sexy voice that no one can come close to imitating.
Everest - ev(ə)rə̇st
Mountain 21,031.7 feet above sea level. 21,000 feet is pretty impressive, but it's the 31.7 feet that really matters. It’s the last 31.7 feet that gets ya.
Himalayas - hi-mə-ˈlā-əz
India turned her back for 70 million years and before she knew it she had mountains all across her backside. “Does this range make my ass look fat?”
“India, you look fine just the way you are.” - Buddha
Macadamias - ma-kə-ˈdā-mē-əz
Hard shelled nut of an Australian evergreen tree.
Warning: Contains nuts.
Isaac - ˈī-zik
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the incomparable Ted Lang!” Enthusiastic clapping ensues.
Jehovah - ji-ˈhō-və
God. With the big ‘G’.
Satan - sā-tᵊn
Not God with the big ‘G’, but he could be, if only the jerks in charge would give him a chance. (Not gonna happen).
Tsunami - (t)su̇-ˈnä-mē
A great ocean wave created by earthquakes or volcanic activity. Also, the single “Punk Means Cuddle” by the band Tsunami is featured on the album Teriyaki Asthma vol 7. The tune contains a simple refrain on how differing perceptions can alter our understanding of words and phrases.
Olympics - ō-ˈlim-piks
Of or relating to the Olympic games. Did I mention the dress code for the participants? The viewing opportunities alone were well worth the cost and hassle of attending.
Ktesibios - ktee-sEE-vee-aws
Greek inventor and engineer. He discovered the elasticity of air while sitting on his father’s barber chair. His father told him to hold it in or go into another room because the smell was driving away the clientele.
Europa - yu̇-ˈrō-pə
A Phonecian princess with a thing for a white bull. The bull was Zeus. Three children resulted from the ensuing rodeo.
Crete - krēt
Largest Island in Greece. The history of Crete goes back 7000 years BCE. The earliest known civilization is the Minoans. They liked bulls, baths, and flushing toilets.
Talos - tä-lō-s
Bronze giant automaton who circled Crete three times daily to protect Europa from would-be kidnappers and pirates. The bouncer protecting Zeus’ private club, if you will.
Automaton plural Automata - ȯ-ˈtä-mə-tən, ȯ-ˈtä-mə-tə
A being or mechanism that is fairly self operating. Think robots like in Disney theme parks or the pseudo girlfriend that nerd built in his parent’s basement out of a life-sized Barbie doll and a broken toaster.
Mahna, mahna - Mah-na mah-na
Truly inspirational and inspired entertainment doesn’t need to make sense.
One - wən
Uno. The first sister and leader of the group of artificial people sent to follow Doug.
Three - ˈthrē
Tres. The second sister and third mechanical person following Doug.
Four - fȯr
Cuatro. The second brother and fourth person assembled by Ktesibios and Talos.
Five - fīv
Cinco. The fifth of the metal siblings.
Six - siks
Seis. The sixth mechanical sibling created (and if you ask him, the best).
Two aka Nine - ˈtü / nīn
Dos or Nueve. This guy is different from his brothers and sisters. Something in the settings is off, but because of that he is the most free thinking and original of the bunch. Doesn’t help much though. He’s kinda a pain.
Shetland - shet-lənd
A horse the size of a dog. Alternatively, a dog the size of a horse.
Valis - välēs
Local name for the area around Elis, meaning the lowland. It all sat a bit higher after Snickers the dog was through with it.
Typhon - ˈtī-ˌfän
When addressing Typhon I never know which snake head to look at. Very embarrassing in social situations.
Titan - ˈtī-tᵊn
(Sniggering) “So your dad is Uranus?” (Pronounced slowly and suggestively for ultimate comedic effect)
Titan - “Shut up!” Hits the speaker with a tree.
Gyro - ˈjī-rō
Tasty, spicy, thinly sliced meat on flatbread with veggies and Tzatziki sauce.
Perimedes - pa-rē-mēd-es
Good friend of Odysseus. Good appetizer for Polyphemus.
Akanthos - AAk-ann-thaws
Full of deep thinkers in the time of our story, it changes hands every time new neighbors move in. Akanthos is the apartment in the neighborhood someone rents on a month to month basis.
Tzatziki - (t)sat-ˈsē-ˈzē-kē
Tangy, zesty, Greek yogurt sauce with cucumber and garlic. The ancient version of ranch dressing.
Kabobs - ka·bobs
Cubes of meat marinated with vegetables and grilled on a skewer. Street vendors make the best ones, but with great rewards come inherent risks.
Hoi polloi - hȯi-pə-ˈlȯi
The writhing, unwashed masses. The Grassroots. Pennylings. People that shop at WalMart.
Xerxes - zərk-sēs
Would be leader of the local Mediterranean HOA.
Gesundheit - gə-ˈzu̇nt-ˌhīt
From German. (Gesund)Healthy, and (Heit)Hood. Someone should be shouting this all over the southside of the tracks.
Gaea - ˈjē-ə
- “Your mom is so fat she birthed the titans.”
Dad, aghast. “That’s it! Go to your room!”
Athos - a-thōs
A holy mountain on the Acte peninsula in Greece. Home to many monasteries. Only the males of any species are allowed to enter the territory surrounding the mountain, with the exception of female pussycats... No further comments.
Augean Stables - ȯ-ˈjē-ən ˈstā-bəl
This is the horse barn you would have seen on an ancient Episode of Hoarders.
Chiton - kī-tᵊn
The basic garment worn by Greeks, knee length for men and full length for women. “It’s the latest fashion, darling. Absolutely everyone is wearing them.”
Cyclopes - sī-ˈklō-pēz
One eyed, oversized, unionized.
Cauldron - kȯl-drən
A big metal pot. Had gone somewhat out of style due to association with witchcraft. Oddly enough, has come somewhat back in style due to the Harry Potter franchise.
Demeter - di-ˈmē-tər
You know how I told you about Rhea being Zeus’ unwilling consort and the whole snake thing. It gets worse. In the same myth the snakes have a daughter, Persephone, whom Zeus then mates with and has another child. That child must have had a whole slew of identity problems when it came to figuring out how he was related to whom.
Hippocrates - huh·paa·kruh·teez
Advocate for the balance of the Four Humours. Not referring to the ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’ kind of humor.
Philippides - fi-lə-ˈpē-dez
You know the one kid who is bursting to be the first to tell everyone that one exciting tidbit of great news? This guy wanted to share the happy word so badly he wound up dying because of it. Managed to deliver the message, though.
Ethiopian - ē-thē-ˈō-pē-ən
Of or relating to Ethiopia. Mountainous country that gave the world coffee. For that reason alone 90% of people on the earth should be thankful for Ethiopia.
Parkour - pär-ˈku̇r
Running, jumping, leaping over obstacles rapidly and efficiently. Not a recommended form of exercise for people with inner-ear imbalances.
Starbucks - stär-bəks
Go for the caffeine jolt, stay for the nice baristas and free wifi.
Genghis Khan - jeŋ-gəs-ˈkän
Mongol over-achiever. If you’re driving to the store and there is only one parking space and two cars and the other driver is Genghis, I suggest you let him take the parking spot.
Khwarezmid - k-wəˈræ-zmid
Didn’t give Genghis the parking spot.
Mongol - män-ˌgōl
A member of any group of traditionally pastoral peoples from Mongolia. I like that definition. It makes them sound nice.