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Sunday, January 07, 2007
Maktaaq: I've made real progress with my novel. Listen to this: instead of November - minor character description - main character introduction - visitors - horrors! I altered the order of the first few chapters to tier two character quirk description - November - visitors - second tier two character quirk description - horrors!
Matt: That sounds good.
Maktaaq: Yes, I am excited! The new order seems more dynamic. I've been researching bearded women, Guevedoche - those Latin American girls who at puberty sprout penises, the auroch - the national animal of Moldova, and merry-go-rounds.
Matt: So, um, why you are you reading about cesarians?
Maktaaq: Oh. They're horrific. Listen to this:
You press a No. 10 blade down through the flesh, along a side-to-side line low on the bulging abdomen. You divide the skin and golden fat with clean, broad strokes. Using a white gauze pad, you stanch the bleeding points, which appear like red blossoms. You slice through the fascia covering the abdominal muscle, a husk-like fibrous sheath, and lift it to reveal the beefy red muscle underneath. The rectus abdominis muscle lies in two vertical belts that you part in the middle like a curtain, metal retractors pulling left and right. You cut through the peritoneum, a thin, almost translucent membrane. Now the uterus — plum-colored, thick, and muscular — gapes into view. You make a small initial opening in the uterus with the scalpel, and then you switch to bandage scissors to open it more swiftly and easily. It’s as if you were cutting open a tough, leathery fruit.Ha! A plum-coloured uterus! A tough, leathery fruit! It's such an old metaphor for the female reproduction system!
Matt: Huh? Your novel?
Maktaaq: Ok, yes. I've been having very severe writer's block. Here's my research on merry-go-rounds:
Carousels generally turn clockwise, don't they? But if they were initially used for military exercises, then they must have gone counterclockwise, to allow the riders to feint at exterior objects with lances held in their right hands.
Thanks for the fascinating lesson.
Great info, Bluewyvern! I'll have to make a trip out to the local merry-go-round to observe its revolution!Post a Comment