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Comments for Divided by a Common Language
Divided by a Common Language: 11/28/06
As Divided by a Common Language notes, 70% of the world's native English speakers are American but British English is the most common dialect taught as a second language in the rest of the world. In the nearly two and a half centuries of independence have given rise to two very different dialects of English. The book says it serves as a must have survival guide for British tourists on holiday to the United States. While there are some useful tips, I hope this isn't their only guide as there are many mistakes in the the American side of things.
The author of the book is a British ex patriot who spent time living abroad first in New Zealand before settling in Florida. This book's lexicon and descriptions of the differences of life the UK versus life in the US. Unfortunately Florida is just one region of the United States and not necessarily a good one for extrapolating how the rest of the nation works (or talks)!
Here is my BookCrossing Review
I'm a Winner but...
I still have more work to do. Last night I crossed the 50K mark (as my Live Journal friends already know) on my 2006 nanowrimo but to call it a novel is stretching it right now. It has the beginning of a plot but there are many sections of "notes to myself" where I need to go back and fill in better details once I've had time to have a good think or to do better research.
I wrote this book blind with only what information I could find quickly online (mostly on Wikipedia). Unfortunately the muse inspired me to write about things I know almost nothing about: Hindu culture, Sanskrit and Pakistan. In the previous two years I've gone into the month of November with a better idea of what to write, having an actual plot outline, my character's names chosen and a good idea of where the thing will end. This year, I had no more than an elevator pitch a day or two before the month began.
This year's Nanowrimo was the hardest one I've done so far. I know many have said it's because of Harriet. Sure, she made things tricky at the start of the month but by about the midway point I had learned how to write on her schedule and she made things even easier by sleeping in her crib so that I suddenly had twice my time at night to write. No, the hardest part was a lack of research. I don't want to say I had writer's block because I always found something to write about but the story didn't quite jump onto the page (err, into the computer) as easily as it has in previous years. I really had to force myself most nights to put something in the story. I often times ignored the plot all together to ramble about stuff I know. I also jumped around a lot in space and time writing whatever scene was in my head at that time. In the process I ended up writing the very sort of book that annoys me when I read it. Oh well, maybe that means it will be short listed for a prize someday. Teehee.