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Hello All,

I just posted chapter 35 Henry Wood. I wrote a blog piece every day of the last year. In truth, because of guest blogging, I actually wrote around 380 posts, but the point is, I didn't take a day off! I couldn't have made it without all of your kind words.

Thanks,

Brian

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-35-moments-in-time/
wondered what you have been doing this year … now we know :)

thanks for the update and Merry Christmas to you

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Henry Wood Ch 36

Hello All,

I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday's post. I don't mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I "please quit abusing the English language!" I guess it isn't that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say.

But it does seem reasonable to again offer my apologies to anyone who is offended by my frequent spelling and grammar errors. I can't promise that I won't make many more errors, but I am constantly trying to get better. When word press indicates I have spelled something incorrectly, I don't just right click and fix it. I try to figure out the correct spelling. Alas, word press can't catch things like using "wondered instead of wandered".

So again, I am sorry for the quality. I hope the story is at least entertaining, warts and all.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-36-mikes-call/

Sincerely,

Brian
 

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Henry Wood Ch 36

Hello All,

I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday's post. I don't mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I "please quit abusing the English language!" I guess it isn't that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say.

But it does seem reasonable to again offer my apologies to anyone who is offended by my frequent spelling and grammar errors. I can't promise that I won't make many more errors, but I am constantly trying to get better. When word press indicates I have spelled something incorrectly, I don't just right click and fix it. I try to figure out the correct spelling. Alas, word press can't catch things like using "wondered instead of wandered".

So again, I am sorry for the quality. I hope the story is at least entertaining, warts and all.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-36-mikes-call/

Sincerely,

Brian
For those of us who don't have the patience to deal with 36 chapters of Henry Wood, perhaps you could write a short story to help you and us discern whether you really are a fiction writer. Maybe something akin to Hemingway's, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

http://www.mrbauld.com/hemclean.html

The main difference I think would be the amount of forethought required and attention to detail. Like carving dove-tails was for you, maybe it would be a nice exercise? I think it is unfair to expect yourself to be able to produce quality writing on a day-to-day basis. Wouldn't it be nice to produce something meaningful for all of the time you're investing? I would be willing to volunteer my effort as a critic, if you would like thoughtful criticism. I think excellence comes through rewriting and rewriting. The idea of having numerous spelling errors ought to be a silly notion.

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Henry Wood Ch 36

Hello All,

I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday's post. I don't mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I "please quit abusing the English language!" I guess it isn't that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say.

But it does seem reasonable to again offer my apologies to anyone who is offended by my frequent spelling and grammar errors. I can't promise that I won't make many more errors, but I am constantly trying to get better. When word press indicates I have spelled something incorrectly, I don't just right click and fix it. I try to figure out the correct spelling. Alas, word press can't catch things like using "wondered instead of wandered".

So again, I am sorry for the quality. I hope the story is at least entertaining, warts and all.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-36-mikes-call/

Sincerely,

Brian
just ceep up with the entertainment Brian
the way you write the Henry Wood most of the time (light and easy)
it doesn´t matter so much unless if its a word that make the point
or change the hole meening of the sentence (hope i got this right) ....LOL

take care
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Henry Wood Ch 36

Hello All,

I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday's post. I don't mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I "please quit abusing the English language!" I guess it isn't that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say.

But it does seem reasonable to again offer my apologies to anyone who is offended by my frequent spelling and grammar errors. I can't promise that I won't make many more errors, but I am constantly trying to get better. When word press indicates I have spelled something incorrectly, I don't just right click and fix it. I try to figure out the correct spelling. Alas, word press can't catch things like using "wondered instead of wandered".

So again, I am sorry for the quality. I hope the story is at least entertaining, warts and all.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-36-mikes-call/

Sincerely,

Brian
Bill,

I am constantly writing short stories. I just haven't shared them with you, but I think you make a good point. I may put some of them up as well. It is a really good idea.

You may also be right about rewriting and rewriting. I haven't done much of this, but on the occasion where I have, the result has usually been positive.

Brian
 

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Henry Wood Ch 36

Hello All,

I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday's post. I don't mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I "please quit abusing the English language!" I guess it isn't that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say.

But it does seem reasonable to again offer my apologies to anyone who is offended by my frequent spelling and grammar errors. I can't promise that I won't make many more errors, but I am constantly trying to get better. When word press indicates I have spelled something incorrectly, I don't just right click and fix it. I try to figure out the correct spelling. Alas, word press can't catch things like using "wondered instead of wandered".

So again, I am sorry for the quality. I hope the story is at least entertaining, warts and all.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-36-mikes-call/

Sincerely,

Brian
I'm reminded of an old Yogi Berra-sm: "Good enough is seldom good enough." I think that real learning occurs when one works hard to do better. I think Brain could "ceep up with the entertainment" for years-but at what cost? This message is not directed at Brian or Dennis, but rather to anyone who might allow thin skin to lull them into a state of complacency. Woodworking is all about producing excellence with wood, no? Maybe "wordworking" is about producing excellence with words. Have fun!

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Henry Wood Ch 36

Hello All,

I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday's post. I don't mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I "please quit abusing the English language!" I guess it isn't that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say.

But it does seem reasonable to again offer my apologies to anyone who is offended by my frequent spelling and grammar errors. I can't promise that I won't make many more errors, but I am constantly trying to get better. When word press indicates I have spelled something incorrectly, I don't just right click and fix it. I try to figure out the correct spelling. Alas, word press can't catch things like using "wondered instead of wandered".

So again, I am sorry for the quality. I hope the story is at least entertaining, warts and all.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-36-mikes-call/

Sincerely,

Brian
Bill,

I am, at my core, obsessive about learning. I love it. I really like your new word Wordworking: The act of working with words, usually by a wordsmith, often in a pretentious coffee house.

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Henry Wood Ch 36

Hello All,

I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday's post. I don't mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I "please quit abusing the English language!" I guess it isn't that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say.

But it does seem reasonable to again offer my apologies to anyone who is offended by my frequent spelling and grammar errors. I can't promise that I won't make many more errors, but I am constantly trying to get better. When word press indicates I have spelled something incorrectly, I don't just right click and fix it. I try to figure out the correct spelling. Alas, word press can't catch things like using "wondered instead of wandered".

So again, I am sorry for the quality. I hope the story is at least entertaining, warts and all.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-36-mikes-call/

Sincerely,

Brian
: ) It took me a few minutes to identify your allusion-and I like that.

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Henry Wood Ch 36

Hello All,

I appreciate the comments and feedback. Even the mean and nasty ones, like the one I received an hour or so ago on yesterday's post. I don't mind mean and nasty, if the person is also including accurate corrections, which he did. He did ask that I "please quit abusing the English language!" I guess it isn't that nasty, because he did say please. I am not sure if the exclamation point was necessary though. It is hard to say.

But it does seem reasonable to again offer my apologies to anyone who is offended by my frequent spelling and grammar errors. I can't promise that I won't make many more errors, but I am constantly trying to get better. When word press indicates I have spelled something incorrectly, I don't just right click and fix it. I try to figure out the correct spelling. Alas, word press can't catch things like using "wondered instead of wandered".

So again, I am sorry for the quality. I hope the story is at least entertaining, warts and all.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-36-mikes-call/

Sincerely,

Brian
Though I don't often write in coffee houses, my hat, sure makes it look like I should be. I don't actually care for coffee. I wish there were pretentious Diet Mountain Dew houses. That would be great!
 

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Ch 37

Hello All,

Another Henry Wood, for Dennis, Bill, Canadianchips, and anyone else who is following the adventure (yes even Shirley too. :)). Now I think I am going to make a master copy of all the chapters thus far, and start trying a bit of rewriting. It couldn't hurt. I might learn a thing or two. :)

Brian

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-37-the-captain/
thank´s just the right length for my second mug of morning-coffee :)

have a great day Brian

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Ch 37

Hello All,

Another Henry Wood, for Dennis, Bill, Canadianchips, and anyone else who is following the adventure (yes even Shirley too. :)). Now I think I am going to make a master copy of all the chapters thus far, and start trying a bit of rewriting. It couldn't hurt. I might learn a thing or two. :)

Brian

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-37-the-captain/
Brian; You have droped in a lot of threads. Will Henry pull the right one or get tangled in the wrong one? I will have to keep checking in at Extremely Average to find out. I like lots of words, but are you making a lot of work for that special editor of yours. AKA-MOM.
I don't recal. Has a tool been named Mickey Yet?

Keep up the good work. Nils
 

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Ch 37

Hello All,

Another Henry Wood, for Dennis, Bill, Canadianchips, and anyone else who is following the adventure (yes even Shirley too. :)). Now I think I am going to make a master copy of all the chapters thus far, and start trying a bit of rewriting. It couldn't hurt. I might learn a thing or two. :)

Brian

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-37-the-captain/
Oluf,

I loved your comment, especially the part about making work for Mom. Yes, she has mentione that. But she is enjoying the story too, so it is sort of a mother-son project, which she likes. As do I. I haven't named a tool Mickey yet, but now that you mention it, I really should.

Brian
 

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I am reading a really good book...

Hello All,

Spike Carlsen, 'A Splintered Hisotry of Wood', is a delight. I am only two chapters into the book, but I became so excited about the stories, I had to write the review. I have decided to write the review in parts, because, well, I can.

If you have a mild interest in wood or woodworking, this book will be one of the best you read all year. Or I should say, the first two chapters will be. If you love woodworking, this will send you into a state of giddiness. That isn't even my review. It is here…

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/splintered-history-of-wood-review-pt-1/

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I am reading a really good book...

Hello All,

Spike Carlsen, 'A Splintered Hisotry of Wood', is a delight. I am only two chapters into the book, but I became so excited about the stories, I had to write the review. I have decided to write the review in parts, because, well, I can.

If you have a mild interest in wood or woodworking, this book will be one of the best you read all year. Or I should say, the first two chapters will be. If you love woodworking, this will send you into a state of giddiness. That isn't even my review. It is here…

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/splintered-history-of-wood-review-pt-1/

Brian
I'll have to see if the library can bring it in, sounds interesting.
 

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I am reading a really good book...

Hello All,

Spike Carlsen, 'A Splintered Hisotry of Wood', is a delight. I am only two chapters into the book, but I became so excited about the stories, I had to write the review. I have decided to write the review in parts, because, well, I can.

If you have a mild interest in wood or woodworking, this book will be one of the best you read all year. Or I should say, the first two chapters will be. If you love woodworking, this will send you into a state of giddiness. That isn't even my review. It is here…

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/splintered-history-of-wood-review-pt-1/

Brian
I just picked it up as well. It's next in the queue.
 

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I am reading a really good book...

Hello All,

Spike Carlsen, 'A Splintered Hisotry of Wood', is a delight. I am only two chapters into the book, but I became so excited about the stories, I had to write the review. I have decided to write the review in parts, because, well, I can.

If you have a mild interest in wood or woodworking, this book will be one of the best you read all year. Or I should say, the first two chapters will be. If you love woodworking, this will send you into a state of giddiness. That isn't even my review. It is here…

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/splintered-history-of-wood-review-pt-1/

Brian
I am glad. I hope you will let me know how you like it. I haven't finished yet, but at the half way point, it is delightful.
 

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Unhappy Tools

Hello All,

As many of you know, I have been spending very little time in the shop of late. Tonight I got back down there and found my tools were very upset with me. I was even bitten by my belt sander. But by the end, we were all friends again.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/unhappy-tools/

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Unhappy Tools

Hello All,

As many of you know, I have been spending very little time in the shop of late. Tonight I got back down there and found my tools were very upset with me. I was even bitten by my belt sander. But by the end, we were all friends again.

http://extremelyaverage.com/2011/01/unhappy-tools/

Brian
maybee you and the tools are freinds again
but are you sure that you and the wood is freinds
are you sure you hadn´t stroked it against the grain direction or something like that

take care
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Just an update...

Hello all,

I did some cleaning of the shop tonight. Nothing worth writing about though. I have still been adding chapters to Henry Wood. I just realized that I have been neglecting the LJ folks. I am sorry about that. There are seven or eight more chapters up now. I just posted ch 45, and I think the last one I told you about was 37. If you click on the Henry Wood heading at the top, they are all grouped together. It is pretty close to 50,000 words now, so this one is offically a novel. Thanks to everyone who has been encouraging my writing. It has made it easier to reach my goal.

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Brian
 
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